Capping off one of the wildest offseason periods in recent memory, NBA Media Day is a great way to build excitement and wipe the slate clean. Currently locked in a 15-way tie for first place, the Chicago Bulls will have the chance to build upon a blank 0-0 record and prove that this year’s team is simply built different than last year’s rendition.
Media Day grants us the privilege of getting a little insight into just what the front office and coaching staff envision for this team, while also allowing us to meet the new additions to the team. Torrey Craig, Jevon Carter, and Julian Phillips are all interesting pieces that I’m excited to see join the main roster.
Here are just a few of the most memorable and important quotes from this year’s Media Day, potentially giving us a sneak peek of what to expect from the Chicago Bulls this season.
These 5 Media Day quotes tell Bulls fans what to expect for the 2023-24 season.
1. “This year we’re going to play faster.”
Arturas Karnisovas and Billy Donovan were adamant that this team had a clear route to improving by adjusting the scheme this season. Posting the NBA’s best defensive rating after January 1, it’s clear this team has the foundation to win games. But first, they’ll need to address the fact that they’re also the league’s worst three-point shooting team by creating better shot opportunities on the perimeter.
“This year we’re looking to play faster. We’re going to try to move the ball better, change our shooting profile,” said Karnisovas, “And last but not least, we’re looking to improve our team cohesion.”
Of course, this could just be pure conjecture. The Bulls’ veterans have gotten one year older and the team failed to add any notable youth or athleticism in the draft or free agency. Chicago also lost two of its most impressive athletes in Derrick Jones Jr. and Javonte Green this summer, so I’ll be hesitantly optimistic until I see the results for myself.