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Ayo Dosunmu gives back, Goran Dragic parties with Shaq, Andre Drummond and other Bulls Bullets

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When Ayo Dosunmu fell in the Bulls’ lap on draft night, it really looked like the Morgan Park alum’s fate.

Relive the moment below:

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From the days of Derrick Rose speaking, we all know how special it can be to see a hometown kid rise through the league ranks, especially in Chicago. While Dosunmu will never match Rose’s pinnacle of powers, the roar of the United Center crowd this season has told us just how much her place on this list means to the community. I can’t wait to see him back on the field in a few months.

  • Dosunmu held an event at Metcalfe Park in Bronzeville earlier this week. In a video posted by Bulls Community, Dosunmu describes the celebration he threw for his late friend Darius Drown, as well as the impact he hopes his place in the NBA can have on the many kids in attendance.
  • This line from the All-Rookie Second Team member is what it’s all about:

“I always want to be there for the kids. I’m never too big or anything for that. I want them to see what it takes and what hard work can give you,” Dosunmu said. “They can be anything they want to be. I just want them to see me here and see how far I’ve come, where I started from. I want them to go home tonight and say “I can do the same”.

  • I cross every member of my body that the Bulls will prioritize keeping Dosunmu beyond this season (reminder: he will hit restricted free agency after this year). Not only am I high on the player he can become after this outstanding rookie campaign, but he is a great role model to have in this organization.
  • One of the newest members of the Chicago Bulls roster has made sure the big man feels at home abroad, according to Shaquille O’Neal. Goran Dragic joined O’Neal on stage during his show in Croatia, and O’Neal praised him and Luka Doncic for showing him a good time.
  • I know it might be on a much smaller level than what we see with players like DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine and Lonzo Ball, but it’s another great reminder of the fun of having big talent in Chicago. Dragic never achieved superstar status, but he’s been a well-known and respected figure in league circles for a decade. Knowing that guys like him now fill the Bulls locker room is still such a refreshing fact. No offense to the Jerian Grants and Paul Zipsers of the world…but this team has come a long way!
  • Speaking of new faces… hello Andre Drummond!
  • Again, I have a lot of questions about whether or not André Drummond can provide the defense this team needs at center reserve. But it’s also undeniable that he’s a big improvement over Tristan Thompson (who isn’t even on a team at this point). His rebounding prowess alone should make an immediate difference for this Bulls team, as should his ability to slip into the starting spot for a game or two if Nikola Vucevic needs a rest. At the end of the day, he really has the potential to be one of the best backup centers in the league, and I can’t wait to see whether or not he can reach that potential this season. As “meh” as his signature might sound now, it might sound a lot more “yay” in February.
  • Came across this Alex Caruso poster again and had to share it:
  • Lots more Caruso content below:
  • Don’t get me wrong, I’m very excited to see what Dalen Terry can do, but I have to wonder if Tari Eason was sitting above him on the Bulls big board. The LSU winger took a spot before Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley were chosen, and he felt like another multi-position defenseman with high offensive potential who could have made a lot of sense in Chicago. I will follow its development closely.
  • I’m always here for an alternative look (except these powder blue Bulls city edition jerseys… I wasn’t a big fan)!
  • Are they any good? Please just tell me they’re good.

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