The Bulls hope the second-year striker Patrick williams will be back for the season opener in Detroit, according to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun Times. Williams was due to miss four to six weeks after severely spraining his left ankle in mid-September during individual training.
“We are rather optimistic” coach Billy Donovan noted. ” What is the [doctors and trainers] I really want to make sure the sprain has healed well, so we’ll probably be a little more careful, just because I think once [Williams] starts to cut at random, they have to see how he reacts. With as explosive and powerful as he has been, one of the things they don’t want is [to] to have something where he’s not quite stable, he does something and polishes it, and now he has to deal with that in the middle of the year.
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- Chicago’s ball movement in Game 1 of the preseason was superior, with the team amassing 36 assists. DeMar DeRozan say that Lonzo ball sets the tone with his talents as a game creator, KC Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago writing. “When you have a leader of this magnitude with that selfless IQ like him, he makes the game easier and fun. And it becomes contagious. DeRozan said. “You saw the way we moved the ball. It’s been like that throughout training camp, and we expect him to continue to improve.
- Guardian Javonte Green started in a narrow lineup in place of injured Williams in that 36-point win over Cleveland. He made a strong case for a point of rotation, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic. Green posted a 13-point stat line on 6-on-9 shots, eight rebounds, four blocks and two steals in 17 minutes. The Bulls re-signed Green to a two-year contract at the start of free agency.
- The team is still in good shape in terms of selection despite all the big moves they have made, John Hollinger of The Athletic notes in his offseason review and preview for the upcoming season. The Bulls are $ 3 million below the tax threshold, giving them the ability to make moves during the season. While Chicago has improved its roster, Hollinger still expects the club to finish 11th in the Eastern Conference.