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Phew. A huge missed opportunity.

If I ran into Marc Eversley on the street today, I would immediately invite him to the nearest bar. He would proceed to accept (you know, since he’s a daily BN Bulls reader), and we both tied our arms as we walked down the sidewalk. I’d order two White Claws from us once we got there for these #SummerVibes, and start building my foolproof offseason plan. About three minutes later, Eversley stopped me dead and called Arturas Karnisovas. Four minutes later, Karnisovas would arrive with Benny the Bulls, and I would go on to explain why Lonzo Ball is the highest priority.

After finishing our outing by shooting a 312 and returning a sip of Malort, we parted ways. Ball would be a bull a few weeks later.

• I honestly think it’s funny how fast I jumped on the Ball Train. I used to refuse even to pass by the station. Not only did I always find him overdone, but I too was put off by the circus surrounding his family. Although, to his credit, Ball has largely parted ways with his rambunctious father. He’s also played a brand of basketball that looks like it could be of use to a number of league winning teams. Specifically, he’s a high-effort defender who uses his elite size and leadership position to create trouble. Ball is also a natural first-floor passing general in a league where these are relatively hard to come by. Not to mention the dude is 23, which means he has plenty of room to grow up and fits the Bulls timeline well.

• While scoring may not be something to rave about, it is something he seems to be developing gradually, especially along the perimeter. Ball’s 3-point shot has always been a concern coming out of college thanks to some awkward shooting movement. In years 1 and 2 he shot only 31.5% from long distance. However, over the past two seasons Ball has shown what a little extra training can do, finishing 37.5% (6.6 attempts per game) in 2019-2020 and 37.8% (8 , 3 attempts per game) in 2020-21. Last season he also had a 40.2% effective shot on his 3-point shot, a shot he should see a lot alongside Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic.

• Okay, I’ve only really preached the right things about Ball lately, which probably isn’t fair. He might be the best target for the team this summer, but he won’t solve all the problems this team has in their frontcourt. First of all, he doesn’t make it to the free throw line… like… at all. Chicago placed last in free throw attempts per game last season (17.5), and Ball’s individual record in attempts per game was set in his rookie season at 1.4. Second, while he would do a much better job of handling offense and getting the ball back to the ground, he’s not a careful keeper with basketball. The guy’s turnover percentage stood at 13.6 last season, which was only in the 23rd percentile in the league, according to Cleaning the Glass. Finally, I think it’s important to note that Ball is another guy who doesn’t have any playoff experience. He’s only been in the league for four years, but it would be really nice to have another seasoned presence in the starting lineup.

• I can’t wait for the Bulls to be 2022 champions after Kevin Durant requests a trade to play with LaVine. To book.

• Speaking of Durant, his face is the same as my girlfriend’s every time I start dancing in public.

• Remember: Tomas Satoransky is making his Olympic debut! The Bulls point guard played a pivotal role in helping the Czech Republic find their way into the 12-team field. On Friday, he had the privilege of serving as the country’s official flag bearer during the opening ceremonies. Satoransky will see his first action tomorrow against Team Iran.

• I’ll be honest, I know very little about NFTs, but I think maybe it’s time to learn.


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