CHICAGO — The Bulls’ coaches and players agree on at the very least one factor: The team meetings held as a substitute of a scheduled observe on Sunday had been wanted for the younger team.
Players stated that regardless of feelings working excessive following Saturday night time’s 133-77 loss to the Celtics, the Bulls’ largest dropping margin in a sport in team historical past, shootaround on Monday forward of their sport in opposition to the Sacramento Kings was productive.
“I feel we got here out the higher for it,” Robin Lopez stated of Sunday’s meetings. “I feel we’re extra understanding.”
After a players-only assembly Sunday, the Bulls addressed new coach Jim Boylen in what rookie Wendell Carter Jr. stated was a “very, very sincere” dialog.
Coach Jim Boylen emphatically pushed again on the notion that the complete team didn’t need to observe Sunday.
“That isn’t true,” Boylen stated. “The reality is we had a pair guys that thought a Sunday observe was extreme after the week we had. They usually have to belief me that if I carry them in right here to observe, I am going to handle their legs, and handle what we’re going to do.
“We cleared that up and we’re transferring on,” Boylen continued. “Everyone is allowed to make a mistake. Everyone is allowed to get sideways slightly bit. That is an emotional curler coaster at this stage. So, new coach, robust week, large win, we received our butt kicked. Everyone is human. Everyone has a cause to do what they do and a whole lot of instances we have all completed it the place we glance again and say, ‘God, I want I might’ve completed that in another way.’ We might’ve dealt with that in another way.”
For the primary time this season, the Bulls can have a full roster. Bobby Portis and Kris Dunn shall be returning to the court docket after lacking practically seven weeks every with sprained MCLs. Dunn suffered his harm within the Bulls Oct. 22nd sport in opposition to the Mavericks and Portis’ harm occurred two days later throughout the Bulls sport in opposition to Charlotte.
“It is good to begin getting guys again,” Lopez stated. “One factor I do want is I do want Fred (Hoiberg) had been given that chance. However now we have Jim as our coach now. We’re going to exit the best way he needs us to play and do issues the best way he needs them completed.”
Boylen stated he had but to meet with the coaching workers to talk about what number of minutes Portis and Dunn will play Monday night time, however stated each players can have minute restrictions and are available off of the bench. Final season, Dunn began at level guard and Portis got here off the bench because the sixth man.