For anyone disgruntled with the Bulls, Jordan Bell’s chase-down block of Denzel Valentine’s breakaway layup attempt Friday night provided the perfect highlight.
Here was a springy, athletic second-round rookie whom the eminently profitable Bulls sold for $3.5 million playing volleyball with a below-the-rim effort against a player whose lack of athleticism was one of his few minuses before the franchise made him a 2016 lottery pick.
Little in sports is that tidy, of course. According to Warriors coach Steve Kerr, Bell often uses athleticism to try to offset a lack of defensive anticipation and proper positioning. Valentine currently is starting, and his 41.7 percent 3-point shooting projects him to be a rotation piece moving forward.
The play still isn’t a good look. Bell trolling the Bulls before and after the third-worst loss in franchise history — a 49-point debacle that capped a 0-4 trip — isn’t either.
NBA champion Warriors while the Bulls are hitting bottom as they begin a full rebuild is one thing. Bell joining a growing list of one-time Bulls playing well elsewhere is another and underscores how much management needs Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn to play well moving forward and how it has to hit on almost all future moves.
Article source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-spt-jordan-bell-bulls-rebuild-20171125-story.html
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