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Javonte Green’s journey, Lakers-Pacers trade plummets, Candace Parker is awesome and more bull balls

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Did you wake up this morning thinking, ‘gosh, why isn’t there an hour-long video of Benny the Bull doing his typical shenanigans? I would pay close attention to that!

Well, your very specific desire has been fulfilled! Benny the Bull posted over an hour of highlights on YouTube yesterday. So sit down, grab some popcorn, spill it and enjoy!

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  • Happy birthday to the Bulls escape role player!
  • Considering Green has only been in the NBA for three seasons — the best of which is the most recent — I’m not necessarily surprised that a handful of people consistently misread him as a youngster. But, as we are reminded today, Green is actually one of the oldest players on the Bulls roster.
  • To be clear, yes, he’s still relatively new to the NBA, but he played a lot of basketball before getting his first shot at the top league in the world at age 26. The athletic wing spent four seasons at Radford University before playing overseas from 2015 to 2019. He played in the Spanish, Italian and German basketball leagues before receiving an invitation to camp from the Boston Celtics Summer League. His defensive tenacity and transitional talent impressed the Celtics enough to earn him one of the team’s last spots, and he appeared in 48 games during his rookie campaign.
  • Green went on to play 25 more games for Boston in the 2020-21 season before the Bulls acquired him in a three-team deal near the deadline. Initially feeling like a sideline to make the money work, Arturas Karnisovas and Co. showed they had real plans for Green in Chicago by handing him a two-year contract in the offseason. Green quickly proved them right by carving out a consistent rotation role and playing 65 games this season with career-high points (7.2) and rebounds (4.2). Ahead of just $1.8 million this year, Green feels like a borderline robbery. He fit in effortlessly as a dirty work talent alongside the Bulls All-Stars last season, and I suspect he will do the same this year (even with more competition on the roster).
  • Oh, and let’s not forget that he’s also one of the most underrated in-game dunkers in the league:
  • In April, JJ Redick held nothing back on First take when talking about NBA legend Bob Cousy. The recently retired sniper discredited some of Cousy’s accomplishments saying he played against “plumbers and firefighters”. The comment upset some NBA alumni, including Jerry West, who recently shared his thoughts on taking on Redick with SiriusXM:
  • Look, Redick’s not wrong. Not only is the game today completely different from what we saw in the 1960s, but the resources available to athletes to hone their craft are far more advanced. So yeah, it’s not ridiculous to say that a time-traveling Cousy would pale in comparison to someone like Chris Paul. That said, relative to his era, Cousy was one of the best to ever hold the point guard position. And we just have to look at it that way during these historical debates (which are also super dumb most of the time).
  • According to Bob Kravitz of The Athletic, the Los Angeles Lakers and Indiana Pacers were discussing a huge deal that would have sent Myles Turner and Buddy Hield to Los Angeles in exchange for Russell Westbrook and a first-round pick. However, that deal reportedly fell through after the Lakers refused to include an extra first round.
  • Kudos to the tanking Pacers for not helping the Lakers. Could they take on Westbrook and arrange a buyout? Sure! But why would they do that if the pot isn’t as good as it can be, especially if they also include Turner and Hield in the deal? They’re two starting-caliber players who could be pretty big upgrades to this Laker roster. You tell me the Lakers are thinking of quitting a is the first round enough for both players AND the advantage of getting rid of Westbrook? What are they smoking?
  • I’ve actually always wondered that, so it’s kind of cool that KD answered.
  • Lack of respect towards Marko Simonovic…
  • Candace Parker continues to rise through the ranks of WNBA and Chicago legends:
  • The next step is the top 5 blocks…
  • I know I’ve said this many times before, but you should seriously consider following the sky if you aren’t already. They’re one of the most fun teams to watch in Chicago right now, and you’ll immediately fall in love with their selfless brand of basketball. Sitting at 21-6, Parker and Co. make a very convincing two-lap run.
  • Alright…we’ll take Tatis.

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