Another day without actual sports action on March 23, heading into March 24, made for also another slow day in the Chicago Bulls news cycle.
We are now through a not so lucky 13 days since the NBA placed its season on hiatus. And the Chicago Bulls have gone two full weeks without playing any games, and it seems like much longer than that. The global battle against the pandemic with the novel coronavirus continued on March 23 and 24. Early in the week, COVID-19 continued to take center stage in the basketball news cycle. Sports news in general continued to have its cycle dominated by COVID-19.
The Bulls last played a game back on March 10, which resulted in a 108-103 win at home at the United Center over the Cleveland Cavaliers. On March 24, the Bulls were supposed to be in between two very tough games at home. The initial game would be coming on March 23 at the United Center against star big man Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets.
Next up for the Bulls would’ve been a March 26 battle with center Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers.
However, the Bulls are likely still going to go a while without seeing any game action. That goes for the rest of the NBA too. Here’s a look into what’s going on with the Bulls and around the NBA on March 24, two weeks since Chicago’s last game.
What’s going on with the Bulls and around the rest of the NBA
2K League Tournament
Any basketball fans that are big into the NBA 2K gaming franchise has another source of entertainment starting this week. The NBA 2K League announced entries for the “Three For All Showdown” on their Twitter timeline on March 23.
NBA.com gives their take on the Bulls NBA Draft outlook
Who should the Bulls select with their first round pick whenever the 2020 NBA Draft is to actually happen? NBA.com gave their take on a more in-depth rundown of the Bulls options with their first round draft pick. The jury seemed to be out on the Illawara Hawks NBL product and point guard LaMelo Ball. The Bulls would have a very interesting starting five if LaMelo was to join them.
Bulls rewind continues with the next round
NBC Sports Chicago continued to show their rewind of the Bulls 1996 NBA Title run. All-time great shooting guard Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen took their team to the next round to take on Patrick Ewing and the New York Knicks. MJ taking on the Knicks was a true staple of the NBA playoffs in the 1990’s.
What’s happening with the Summer Olympics?
Definitely the most impactful news that came out in the sports world on March 23 was the question of whether the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan will actually happen when they’re supposed to. Canada already dropped out of the 2020 Summer Olympics if they’re held in July, and the United States could be soon to follow.