A “What If” Throwback, Let’s Talk Coby White, Candace Parker’s New Kicks, and Other Bulls Bullets

They grow up so fast …

If I showed you this photo right after I took this photo and used my psychic powers to tell you that this group would collect a total of four rings, you would probably nod in approval and take a sip of your coffee.

If I informed you that all four of those rings belonged to one person, you would immediately hack some of that coffee on my white shirt. While there’s no doubt that winning an NBA championship is one of the hardest things to do in professional sports, these are five players who are all Hall of Fame-caliber and look more than capable of winning the ring at one point in their careers. Mad.

  • Do we think if Rose had been healthy, the Bulls would have made it to the finals? Yes, I know Bulls fans have debated this question more than anyone over the past two decades, but for good reason, right? At just 23, we saw him take this franchise to the conference finals. As quick as the series might have been, the deep playoff run certainly felt like a “watch your back” performance for the rest of the former. Whether or not they could ever actually overtake the “Big 3” heats is debatable of course, but we saw repeated regular-season success against that group. and he is not nothing, Like, who can say that a year they don’t finally overcome the shocking trouble?
  • If we assume that Rose is not injured, the Bulls may have an even better chance when LeBron James leaves for Cleveland. The roster could potentially struggle with a 3-point era shift in the NBA, but the foundation of Jimmy Butler and a healthy Rose—sometimes odd as fit would be—may have set the Bulls up for such continued success. In fact, that’s what makes Rose’s saga so hurtful. Chicago may have been set up for years and years of controversy (I say “maybe” because that rear FO can spoil anything), But Instead they saw themselves becoming one of the worst teams in the league at the turn of the decade. uh. I am sad
  • The NBA is a throbbing business, and I think we tend to forget how quickly careers can come crashing down. Whether it’s through injury or simply an interest in finding the next best thing in the league, so many players look to the outside every summer. As Bobby Marks points out, there are 55 fee agents who — despite finishing on the NBA roster last year — still don’t have a new home. Tyler Cook and Tristan Thompson are two examples of the 2021-22 Bulls.
  • Type “Koby White” into the Bleacher Nation search bar, and you’ll see how high I used to be on that. Coming out of the draft, I was amazed at White’s scoring ability. He had a promising 3-point stroke, a ridiculously fast transition game, and a surprisingly strong frame to help him finish around the rim. Sure, that’s all still true, but to say that their failure to consistently play basketball and defend adequately even from afar is the Bulls’ fault… well… wrong.
  • If anything, White has been given a tremendous opportunity to succeed in Chicago. Although I believe it has been difficult for him to adjust to so many different roles, he has been given more opportunities to show his value as a potential starting guard than some of the younger players. Even on a winning roster last season, White ate up to 27.5 minutes per game and did what should have been his most advantageous role to date. Although he may have been able to achieve a career-high 38.5 percent from 3, he repeatedly struggled to play plus-ball basketball on both ends of the floor. Look, I’m still curious what White could become in today’s NBA, especially as an off-the-bench scorer and catch-and-shoot threat. But let’s not pretend his NBA shortcomings haven’t partially fallen on his shoulders until now.
  • Today’s big MLB news has Zach LaVine excited.
  • Longtime employee Sean Hickombottom has left the franchise for a new venture. You may not know anything about him, but NBC Sports Chicago fills you in with how it’s made him an important part of the organization:
  • Candace Parker is going to get some new kicks soon.
  • I think it’s undeniable: Candace Parker is one of the best current Chicago athletes. Not only is she considered a Hall of Famer in her sport, but she is a true superstar whose celebrity permeates the professional sports landscape. He is awesome in commercials. He’s awesome on TNT. He’s just awesome.
  • A Bulls Legend signs with members of the reigning Eastern Conference.

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