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During the fourth quarter of Monday night’s road victory over the Kings, coach Jim Boylen called timeout. A double-digit lead had shrunk to single digits. The Bulls have blown similar games before during this season.

As Boylen huddled with his assistant coaches before addressing the players, Denzel Valentine approached the five currently in the game who were sitting on the bench. Even from 15 feet away, it was easy to spot Valentine’s passion and positivity.

“I was just trying to keep us up,” Valentine said late Monday in the postgame locker room. “They were going on a run and I kept saying, ‘We’re good. It’s cool.’ Sometimes when adversity hits us, we struggle. Having that ability to be positive is huge.”

Valentine has natural leadership qualities. Management cited them upon drafting the Michigan State product in 2016.

But Valentine knows as well as anyone a simple truth of sports.

“When you’re playing, your leadership can have more impact. When you’re not playing, you can say the same stuff but you’re not playing,” he said. “When you’re competing, your energy is up. You’re positive. It just naturally comes out of me when I’m playing.”

Valentine finally is.

It may not always be big minutes. It may not be every game, although Valentine has appeared in four straight and logged double-digit minutes in three.

But it’s something. And for a proud competitor who recently found himself behind Shaq Harrison even with Otto Porter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison sidelined and the Bulls struggling to shoot from 3-point range, that’s better than nothing.

“It’s been cool,” Valentine said. “It definitely feels good to be playing again and competing again. I’m just loving it.”

Valentine said he leaned on his family, agent B.J. Armstrong and his internal confidence to keep him going through his period of inactivity that he knows may come again. In seven games, he’s averaging 4.1 points and 1.9 rebounds in 7.7 minutes and shooting 38.9 percent from 3-point range.

“I’m always going to believe in myself no matter what,” Valentine said. “Whether I play or not, that’s not in my control. I know what I can do. It’s all about the right opportunity. When I get the opportunity, I’m going to make the most of it.”

Against the Kings, Valentine beat the shot clock with a difficult 3-pointer from a tough angle in the corner and followed that with a nifty assist in transition to Daniel Gafford in the third quarter. He also isolated and shot an airball on a 3-pointer as the quarter ended.

But like his season, Valentine persevered. He finished with six points, three rebounds, two steals and an assist in just shy of 12 minutes.

“At the end of the day, I’m blessed to be in the NBA. I’m living my dream job,” Valentine said. “So many people came up to me and told me I’d get an opportunity. And here it is.”

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PORTLAND, Ore. — If the Bulls are going to even their season series with the Trail Blazers, they’re going to have to do so without Chandler Hutchison and possibly without Tomas Satoransky.

According to coach Jim Boylen, the initial read of the MRI exam performed on Hutchison’s sprained right shoulder showed no dislocation or labrum injury but that it will be re-read. Hutchison, who suffered the injury early in Wednesday’s loss to the Warriors, had just returned from sore shins and also missed time with a strained hamstring. Boylen called Hutchison’s latest injury “a soft tissue-type sprain.”

Satoransky suffered a sprained big left toe in Wednesday’s loss and didn’t participate in Friday’s morning shootaround at Moda Center. Boylen called him questionable but also said he’s a gametime decision.

Ryan Arcidiacono is playing through a banged-up right elbow for the Bulls, who already are without Otto Porter Jr. and Cristiano Felicio.

The Bulls lost to the Trail Blazers at the United Center Monday and are 0-1 on this three-game trip, which concludes Monday against the Kings in Sacramento, Calif.

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The Windy City Bulls tip-off the G League season this weekend with a home and home series against the Wisconsin Herd. NBC Sports Chicago will televise all 24 home games this season from the Sears Centre either live or on tape delay.

The Bulls’ G League affiliate starts the season with a brand new coach in Australia native Damian Cotter and a promising roster, featuring Bulls’ two-way players Max Strus and Adam Mokoka, former Loyola star Milton Doyle and P.J. Dozier — a high-scoring two-way player for the Denver Nuggets who has been assigned to Windy City.

Strus is an especially intriguing prospect after setting a DePaul record with 113 made 3-pointers during his senior season with the Blue Demons in 2018-19. The Hickory Hills native earned second team All-Big East honors last season after averaging 20.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

Strus wasn’t selected in the NBA draft in June, but quickly drew the attention of scouts and executives with a strong performance for the Boston Celtics Summer League team in Las Vegas. Boston signed Strus to a two-way contract but released him at the end of training camp, and the Bulls swooped in to add him to the roster with their one remaining two-way spot.

It’s been an amazing success story for a player who didn’t attract much recruiting attention in high school and started his college career at Division II Lewis University. So, Strus is more than ready for the challenges ahead in trying to prove himself worthy of an NBA roster spot.

“I’ve always believed in myself, starting Division II out of high school I’ve always had that chip on my shoulder, so I still carry that with me,” Strus said. “People still don’t know who I am, but that’s okay. Hopefully I can make the hometown proud here, keep getting better individually and making this organization better as a whole as well.”

Since Windy City will run the exact same plays as the NBA Bulls, the players on the roster can make a smooth adjustment in the event of a mid-season call-up. Don’t forget, the Bulls signed both Walter Lemon and JaKarr Sampson after a rash of injuries last season. Strus’ 3-point shooting ability makes him a prime candidate to catch on with an NBA team at some point, but for now, he’s just focused on enjoying some success at the G League level.

“For me, playing in the NBA is probably going to be about making shots and defending, so that’s really what I’ve got to focus on,” he said. “Do that here and then carry it over when I get lucky enough to get the chance to get called up to the Bulls, but just got to keep working hard every day and the coaches will put us in a great situation to make that happen.”

Two years ago, Loyola coach Porter Moser and most of the Loyola players came out to the Sears Centre to support Doyle, who was playing as a visitor for the Nets’ G League team, and Strus anticipates the same kind of support from his former coaches and teammates at DePaul.

“Oh absolutely, I guarantee there will be at least a few,” he said. “It’s a great relationship I have with coach [Dave] Leitao and the players that are still there from behind. I’m still talking to guys there and they’ll for sure be at a couple games.”

For local high school stars like Strus and Doyle, getting the chance to pursue their NBA dreams right at home makes the anticipation of a new season even more exciting.
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It’s National Left-Hander’s Day and it’s also the offseason, so we decided to rank all 24 lefties that have ever suited up for the Bulls. The list comes via Basketball Reference, so yell at them if we missed anyone.

24. Willie Smith, PG, 1976-77

Bulls stats: 2 games, 11 total minutes, 1 foul, 0-1 FG

The Bulls made Smith the first pick of the second round of the 1976 NBA Draft, but he wound up appearing in just two games totaling 11 minutes. He made stops in Indiana, Portland and Cleveland in his four-year NBA career.

23. Randy Holcomb, SF, 2005-06

Bulls stats: 4 games, 11 total minutes, 2 points, 1 rebound, 2 fouls, 1-1 FG

A Chicago native, Holcomb signed a 10-day contract with the Bulls in January 2006 and appeared in four games for the Bulls. He made his only shot in a win over the Grizzlies and finished his NBA career with a perfect 1.000% field goal percentage.

22. Billy McKinney, PG, 1985-86

Bulls stats: 9 games, 9.2 minutes, 2.4 points, 1.4 assists, 0.3 steals

Another Chicago native, McKinney finished his seven-year NBA career with nine brief appearances for the Bulls. He was nicknamed The Crazed Hummingbird, which just seems like an unnecessary mouthful.

21. Lawrence Funderburke, PF, 2004-05

Bulls stats: 2 games, 10.5 minutes, 4.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, 3-6 FG

There was a time when Achilles tears had an undefeated record – their win percentage is still pretty darn good – and Lawrence Funderburke can tell you why. The longtime Sacramento Kings backup power forward tore his Achilles in 2003 and missed the entire 2003-04 season. He attempted a comeback with the Bulls but appeared in two late April games and played sparingly in five postseason games. He retired that June.

20. Kay Felder, PG, 2017-18

Bulls stats: 14 games, 9.6 minutes, 3.9 points, 1.4 assists, 30.3% FG

Felder was part of the Bulls’ point guard carousel in 2017-18, logging solid rotational minutes in October and early November before eventually fading out and spending the majority of the year with Windy City. He was waived in December, played two games for the Pistons and never made it back to the league.

19. Mike Holton, SG, 1985-86

Bulls stats: 24 games, 18.6 minutes, 7.1 points, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 47.1% FG

Holton was signed to two 10-day contracts in February 1986 and then signed through the rest of the season, seeing big minutes off the bench and shooting a solid 47.1% from the field.

18. Shaler Halimon, SF, 1969-1971

Bulls stats: 40 games, 13.5 minutes, 6.1 points, 1.8 assists, 38.5% FG

Halimon’s paltry numbers aside, he’ll be remembered as being part of the deal that brought Chet Walker to the Bulls in 1969. That trade worked out for the Bulls, and they wound up getting a second-round pick for Halimon when they dealt him to Portland in 1971.

17. Rick Brunson, PG, 2002-2004

Bulls stats: 54 games, 11.1 minutes, 3.2 points, 2.1 assists, 0.6 steals, 40.4% FG

Brunson had two different stints with the Bulls, first signing in Chicago to backup No. 2 pick Jay Williams and two years later coming in a trade with the Raptors for Roger Mason. Brunson was a backup behind rookie Kirk Hinrich. His son, Jalen, is now a reserve for the Dallas Mavericks after winning a college title at Villanova.

16. Adrian Griffin, PF, 2004-05, 2006-2008

Bulls stats: 145 games, 10.2 minutes, 2.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, 40.9% FG

Griffin, better known for his time as a Tom Thibodeau assistant in Chicago, actually came to the Bulls in 2004 in a deal that sent Dikembe Mutombo to the Houston Rockets. Yes, Mutombo was with the Bulls from August 2004 to September 2004. Griffin signed with the Bulls as a free agent in 2006, too, and was part of the wild 3-team deal that sent Ben Wallace to the Cavaliers. How many guys can say they were involved in trades for two Hall of Fame centers?

15. Cameron Payne, PG, 2016-2019

Bulls stats: 67 games, 18.8 minutes, 6.7 points, 3.1 assists, 0.9 3-pointers, 39.7% FG

Payne unfairly became the punching bag for the Bulls in their early rebuilding years. No, he rarely contributed, but he was nowhere near the top of the list on things going wrong for the Bulls during that time. We’ll never forget his seven 3-pointer performance against the Hornets last October.

14. Walt Lemon, PG, 2018-19

Bulls stats: 6 games, 27.8 minutes, 14.3 points, 5.0 assists, 1.8 steals

One of the league’s best stories last season, Lemon posted some remarkable lines in April, leading the Bulls in scoring three of the team’s last six games. He could get another shot in the NBA after his strong finish, but at the very worst will be a solid G-League contributor.

13. Travis Best, PG, 2001-02

Bulls stats: 30 games, 9.3 points, 5.0 assists, 1.1 steals, 44.1% FG

Best was the *other* guy the Bulls acquired in the deal that netted them Jalen Rose (more on that lefty later). It sent Ron Artest, Ron Mercer and Brad Miller to the Pacers, while Best posted some solid numbers in a starting role for the Bulls before hitting free agency.

12. Greg Anthony, PG, 2001-02

Bulls stats: 36 games, 26.7 minutes, 8.4 points, 5.6 assists, 1.4 steals

The Bulls sent a second-round pick to Portland for Anthony, who started 35 games for the Bulls before they waived him in March. He latched on with the Bucks four days later, appearing in 24 games for Milwaukee to finish out his 11-year NBA career.

11. Othella Harrington, PF, 2004-2006

Bulls stats: 142 games, 14.8 minutes, 6.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, 50.5% FG

Harrington’s numbers were never anything special, but he gets a bump here for longevity and for starting all six games of the Bulls’ 2006 playoff series against the Washington Wizards. Fun fact: He, like Griffin, was also part of the Mutombo trade, coming to the Bulls from New York.

10. Shaq Harrison, SF, 2018-19

Bulls stats: 73 games, 19.6 minutes, 6.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 43.2% FG

Harrison has only been with the Bulls for one season, but he sure made it count. He was analytically one of the best defenders in the NBA and was a reliable fixture in the rotation for a Bulls team that dealt with myriad injuries. OK, and he cracked the top-10 because this author loves him.

9. Jack Marin, SF, 1975-1977

Bulls stats: 121 games, 20.7 minutes, 6.8 points, 1.7 rebounds, 43.5% FG

Marin was never the All-Star in Chicago that he was in Baltimore and Houston, but he still strung together two nice seasons in the Windy City to end a successful 11-year NBA career.

8. Bison Dele, C, 1996-97

Bulls stats: 19 games, 17.7 minutes, 6.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 48.1% FG

Those stats above are from Dele’s postseason with the Bulls, when he proved to be a valuable asset off the bench for the eventual champions. He arrived in Chicago in April of the regular season but hit the ground running in the postseason. He gets the bump all the way up to No. 8 because of it.

7. Stacey King, PF, 1989-1994

Bulls stats: 344 games, 17.0 minutes, 6.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 48.1% FG

Gimme the hot sauce! King spent 4.5 seasons with the Bulls after they made him the sixth overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft. King played sparingly on a deep Bulls team but played a part in the franchise’s first 3-peat. He, of course, is now the color commentator for the Bulls on NBC Sports Chicago.

6. Wilbur Holland, SG, 1976-1979

Bulls stats: 243 games, 32.2 minutes, 14.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.9 steals

An obscure name on the list, but warranted at this spot. Holland averaged just 5.8 points as a rookie for the Atlanta Hawks and was waived at the end of the year. The fifth-round pick was signed by the Bulls and flourished, averaging 14.7 points over a three-year span.

5. Bob Weiss, SG, 1968-1974

Bulls stats: 469 games, 26.1 minutes, 9.5 points, 4.3 assists, 1.3 steals

No lefty has played more games for the Bulls than Weiss, who didn’t miss a single game from 1969 to 1973. His numbers never jumped off the page but he was reliable and three different times ranked in the top-20 in assists per game.

4. Jalen Rose, SF, 2001-2004

Bulls stats: 128 games, 39.8 minutes, 21.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.5 3-pointers

Rose’s time in Chicago overlapped with some of the darkest days in the franchise’s history, but he was one of the lone bright spots. He has arguably the best per-game numbers this list, even if they came in just a three-year span. Plus, the Bulls dealt him to the Raptors in December 2003. Three years later Kobe gave him 81. This lefty was part of history.

3. Guy Rodgers, PG, 1966-67

Bulls stats: 85 games, 37.6 minutes, 17.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 11.0 assists

One of two Bulls All-Stars on this list, Rodgers came to Chicago for the franchise’s inaugural season and averaged 18.0 points and an NBA-best 11.2 assists. At the time, the 908 assists he handed out were an NBA record. The following year the Bulls dealt Rodgers to the Cincinnati Royals, where he played alongside Oscar Robertson. Fun fact: Rodgers had 20 assists during Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game, which at the time tied an NBA record.

2. Toni Kukoc, SF, 1993-2000

Bulls stats: 436 games, 29.5 minutes, 14.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.1 steals

The ultimate Sixth Man and a critical piece to the Bulls’ second 3-peat, Kukoc is more than worthy of the No. 2 spot here. Kukoc’s versatility and ability to play all five positions gave Phil Jackson plenty of options on the second unit. His Sixth Man of the Year award was the first in Bulls history – Ben Gordon won it later in 2005 – and he’s the last player to win the award and an NBA championship in the same season. He’s top-10 in Bulls history in 3-pointers, assists and steals.

1.Artis Gilmore, C, 1976-1982, 1987-88

Bulls stats: 482 games, 34.8 minutes, 19.3 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.1 blocks, 58.7% FG

The greatest center in Bulls history was a wrecking ball inside, averaging 19.3 points on 58.7% shooting in seven seasons. He was an All-Star four times, led the NBA in field goal percentage twice and led the Bulls to a pair of playoff appearances. He entered the Hall of Fame in 2011 and will remain the greatest lefty in Bulls history…until Zion Williamson signs in Chicago in seven years.

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The Golden State Warriors are on pace to have one of the biggest single-season win declines in NBA history

The Golden State Warriors are in the midst of a historically bad season. After a loss to the Orlando Magic Sunday night, the Warriors are no 4-17. That’s good enough for the worst record in the NBA through the first quarter of the 2019-20 NBA season.

For one of the greatest teams in NBA history, who were coming off a 57-win season and a loss in their fifth-straight trip to the NBA Finals, the drop off is stunning.

Even after they lost Kevin Durant to free agency and Klay Thompson to injury, many pundits still felt the Warriors would be a playoff team. They still had Stephen Curry, they still had Draymond Green, and they added D’Angelo Russell. Of course, it all went south when Curry broke his hand early on and the tank was on.
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So now, the greatest team of the past decade is in danger of going into the history books as the owners of one of the worst single-season win declines in NBA history.

The Ringer recently detailed in an article, the worst one season drop-off in NBA history occurred in 1998-99 when the Chicago Bulls went from 62 wins and a championship the year before to a measly 13 wins. It was a 49-win decline. The reasons are pretty obvious. Michael Jordan (semi) retired, Scottie Pippen went to the Rockets, and the Bulls were left with a team led by Toni Kukoc.

It began six seasons of futility where they never won more than 30 games. The next six years were marred by a series of bad draft picks and personnel moves. In 1999, the Bulls made a good pick in selecting Elton Brand with No. 1 pick but then they traded him after two years to the Clippers for Tyson Chandler and Brian Skinner. They also took Ron Artest in the first round, who they shipped out to the Pacers after two and a half years in a trade that brought back Jalen Rose.

Then in the next four drafts, they took Marcus Fizer (what?), Eddy Curry (meh), Jay Williams (unfortunate), and Kirk Heinrich (huh!). They finally made a good pick in 2004 taking Ben Gordon and their fortunes started to change as they made the playoffs that next year for the first time since Jordan left.

The next longest decline happened in 2010-11 when the Cleveland Cavaliers went from 61 wins the year before to 19 wins – a 42-win decline. That, of course, was precipitated by the loss of LeBron James, who took his talents to South Beach. It was the beginning of a long stretch of futility that was only broken by the Return of the King in 2014-15. Although they did draft Kyrie Irving with the No. 1 pick in 2011 and he was a cornerstone of the 2016 championship team.

The third-largest decline occurred in 1996-97 when the San Antonio Spurs won just 20 games – 39 fewer games than they did the year before. This was the Tim Duncan year when the Spurs tanked to get the prize of the 1997 Draft, Tim Duncan. (Spoiler alert: they got him.)

The year before, the Spurs won 59 games led by all-NBA first teamer David Robinson and fellow all-star Sean Elliott. In 1996-97, Robinson played in only 6 games due to foot and back injuries while Elliott only played in 39 games due to injuries, Chuck Person also missed the entire year with injuries.

So, the Spurs were terrible, and the ping pong balls went their way, which means they got Duncan in the draft. They also brought back a healthy Robinson and Elliott and went from 20 wins to 56 in 1997-98. The following year they won their first of 5 championships as the Spurs dominated in the 2000s.

Which brings us to the Warriors. The Bulls record of a 49-win drop is probably safe, but the Warriors are on pace to win about 16 games. Considering they won 57 the year before, the drop would be around 41 games at this pace. That would be 3rd worst of all-time.
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They’ll likely get a top 3 pick in the draft and add that player to a team that includes a healthy Curry, Thompson, Green, and Russell. That could make for a very good team next year and they could be in the position to draft the cornerstone of their next dynasty like the Spurs did.

Let the tanking begin.

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Tom Boerwinkle, one of the first good 7-footers in NBA history who played 10 seasons with the Chicago Bulls, died Tuesday, the Bulls and University of Tennesse announced. He was 67.

Boerwinkle was known as a “gentle giant,” a gifted passer and tenacious rebounder who was first-team All-Southeastern Conference at Tennessee in 1967 and 1968. He averaged 7.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists in his 635 NBA games, all with the Bulls.

“Tom was a once-in-a-lifetime guy,” former Tennessee teammate Bill Justus said in a news release from the university. “When you meet a guy like him and have him as a teammate, he becomes a brother to you, and there’s no replacing someone like that.”

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The Bulls drafted Boerwinkle fourth overall in 1968, and he reeled off four impressive seasons to start his career before being slowed by injury. His best season came in 1970-71, when he averaged career highs with 10.8 points, 13.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists a game.

Boerwinkle set a still-standing franchise record with 37 rebounds Jan. 8, 1970, against the Phoenix Suns. He ranks second in Bulls history with 5,745 rebounds.

“In addition to being one of the Bulls all-time great players, Tom was one of the kindest men you would ever want to meet with the gentlest of souls,” Bulls vice president Steve Schanwald said in a news release. “A true gentle giant who made great contributions to the Chicago Bulls organization on and off the court. We will miss him greatly and our condolences go out to his wife, Linda, his son, Jeff, and his daughter, Gretchen.”

Boerwinkle died Tuesday at his home near Chicago after a lengthy health struggle, according to Tennessee.

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On the way to a 15-0 run to open the third quarter in Philadelphia on Wednesday, new Knicks starting center Taj Gibson became an offensive beast.

Known more as a defensive specialist, Gibson scored on three straight possessions — an 18-footer, a spinning, driving dunk past Joel Embiid and banging in a 3-pointer.

The 34-year-old Gibson has solidified the starting lineup by doing whatever is needed. His effect, however, on young center Mitchell Robinson may be more important when assessing his worth.

The Knicks are 3-4 since Gibson got the starting nod — 1-7 beforehand.

“He does give that starting lineup a sense of stability,’’ Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “He’s also been fantastic for Mitch. That relationship has been worthwhile.’’

After the Brooklynite signed a one-year, $10 million deal this summer, Gibson told The Post his main goal would be as a Mitchell mentor. He has lived up to every part of the agreement.

“I’m doing what the team needs and it’s needed now [starting], but it’s Mitch’s seat,’’ Gibson told The Post in Philly. “I’m just keeping it warm for him. I work out with him every day. Just trying to get him better every day. I’m doing what the team needs and being the veteran.”

At 6-foot-9, Gibson is a natural power forward, but saw spot duty at center in Chicago and Minnesota — both under Tom Thibodeau, his biggest fan.

“It’s a new game now,’’ Gibson said. “You got to be able to move your feet and guard multiple positions. I’m doing what the team needs me to do. It’s a new day and age.”

Gibson and Robinson, the Knicks’ 2018 second-round pick, have become Frick and Frack.
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“I work out with him every day,’’ Gibson said. “Me and him go on the court and work out together, shoot foul shots together. I’m just trying to get him better.

“He works hard. He listens to me and understands what he needs to work on. Every day we challenge each other. I try to make him understand the game and learn. Because right now he’s just so talented, he’s just playing off pure talent.”

Robinson has been productive — if foul-prone — when healthy. He’s missed four games with assorted injuries (two sprained ankles, two damaged fingers, a concussion).

Having Gibson teach him the nuances should help the shot-blocking/alley-ooping Robinson take another step this season after a Second Team All-Rookie campaign in 2018-19. Robinson has grown as an alley-oop specialist in recent games, with Marcus Morris finding him twice for dunks in crunch time Wednesday.

“Every day he learns and comes in with new dose of energy and his game develops every day we’re out there,’’ Gibson said. “He shocks me every day. He’s grown and understands the seriousness of the game now. He’s not just going out there playing.”

At some point this season, the pupil should replace the master as starting center, probably when the 21-year-old stops picking up silly fouls.

“That’s going to come,’’ Gibson said. “He understands the main thing is awareness. He watches film. He’s frustrated sometimes when he messes up. He understands we need him on the court and not fouling in the game.”
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As a starter, Gibson is bringing a little of everything — rebounding on both ends, defensive grit and some scoring punch. The USC product is averaging 9.1 points and 6.1 rebounds in 19 minutes as a starter. As a bench player, he was at 2.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 12 minutes. There were also two consecutive games when he did not play at all.

“He’s just solid,’’ Fizdale said. “This isn’t his first rodeo. He’s comfortable in all these roles. Whether you play him, don’t play him, start him, bring him off the bench. It doesn’t matter to him. He never gets messed in the head.”

“I just pay attention to detail,’’ Gibson said “Start the game off right, have the team moving in the right direction early in the game and set the pace. I just want a good start for the team and do my job.”

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The bearded man in a robe who walks with a slight hunch and carries an hourglass always lurks in the shadows, almost out of view. Nobody is paying him much mind or cares what he has to say — at least not initially.

He’s not on anyone’s radar until he appears and applies a gentle tap on the shoulder (or a violent shove in the back) of the unsuspecting. And that’s when they realize they’ve been paid a visit by someone whom Charles Barkley always says is undefeated.

Yes, it is “Father Time,” the mythical creation of the ancient Greeks whose clock is more pronounced than any made in Switzerland. He is, by every metric, always on time, although that seems to vary, depending on his mood. He is gracious and respectful in some cases, unforgiving in others. Ultimately, he and only he decides when your time in sports is up.

And so, it’s a matter of when, not if, he’ll throw LeBron James in reverse. But where other stars became role players or transformed into shells of their former selves, LeBron is playing at a high level.

He turns 35 later this month and because he’s delivering Kia MVP-quality results here in his 17th NBA season, he is winning against time, and therefore, he is … cheating time.

He’s almost at 57,000 minutes played in the regular season and playoffs combined, which ranks fourth behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant. He should pass Kobe for No. 3 in career scoring (33,643 points) by the All-Star break. The all-time scoring mark and a high ranking on the all-time assists list are in sight, too.

Ask him why and how he’s doing it and LeBron is playfully coy and quick to say “fine wine.” He’ll also often credit the extra motivation he acquired last summer, when he watched the playoffs from his sofa, not far removed from a groin injury and a dreadful first season with the Lakers. Those things caused him grief and fueled his desire to reclaim his place.

“I put in the work and I trust everything that I’ve done, especially this offseason,” James said. “I’ve come in with a great mindset, with a healthy mindset and a healthy body.”

Considering his middle age, LeBron is putting together a masterful season (25.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg) while excelling as a volume 3-point shooter. His 10.8 apg leads the NBA and his effort defensively — which was laughable last season — is laudable now. Nobody at 35 has assembled such numbers in league history.

“He’s LeBron James,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers. “Until he isn’t.”

What’s age got to do with it? Well, nothing right now. LeBron is still capable of unleashing a facial dunk, as he did with a smirk against the Kings’ Nemanja Bjelica, who perhaps wisely never bothered to challenge it. He also covers all the court rather than, as some aging players are wont to do, play between the free throw lines.

It’s true that soon enough he will wear longer shorts than anyone in the game — not from faulty tailoring, but from constant pulling and tugging. And while the ball is in play, he will someday hear squeaking on the court and suddenly notice that sound is coming from his joints.

“Nobody knows when it’ll happen to him because he’s still playing in the air,” said Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins. “And even when that goes, his basketball IQ will allow him to stay great on the ground. I mean, who gets triple doubles at his age? Only he knows when his time is up.”

When that day arrives — and assuming he doesn’t first quit while he’s ahead — how big of a decline will it be for LeBron (and, by extension, for us) to witness? Will he fall prey to nagging injuries, get torched nightly by previously inferior players, or quit playing defense?

Here’s how “Father Time” diminished six greats who came before LeBron:

1. Michael Jordan: When he retired for the second time, after his last season with the Bulls, Jordan was still very much a physical marvel and the reigning MVP and Finals MVP (he won five MVPs and six Finals MVPs). He was certifiably great for 13 of his 15 seasons and could’ve been longer if not for three years of college ball, an injury-shortened 1985-86 season and 1.5 missed seasons due to baseball. His body only began to betray him when he un-retired in 2001 to play for the Wizards. At 38, Jordan rarely dunked, wasn’t as sharp defensively and knee issues limited him to 60 games in 2001-02.

2. Jerry West: “The Logo” never had a down year in his 14-year career. He was First-Team All-Defense in 1972-73 as a 34-year-old and was solid in his final season (20.3 ppg, 6.6 apg, 2.6 spg). But he wasn’t at his peak of the late 1960s and opted to quit over pride (and money, when Lakers owner Jack Kent Cooke refused to renegotiate his contract).

3. Bill Russell: His career ended mainly because he ran out of psychological fuel. Russell lost his passion to play at 35, even after winning championship No. 11 in his final season (1968-69). That season, he played 46.1 mpg in the playoffs, averaging 10.8 ppg, 20.5 rpg and 5.4 apg. While those numbers are perhaps skewed by the way the game was played back then, they’re still remarkable.

4. Wilt Chamberlain: A man of astonishing stats, Chamberlain averaged a league-leading 18.6 rpg and shot 72.7% overall in his final season (1972-73). Knee issues had long forced Wilt into being a statue in the paint and a third option on offense. After that final NBA season, he jumped from the Lakers to the ABA for money. San Diego offered him $600,000 to be a player-coach, but his Lakers contract prevented him from playing. Wilt coached instead, doing so with disinterest, often not showing up for games or practice. He quit basketball completely after that season.

5. Kobe Bryant: Those roundtrip flights to Germany to get oil for his knees managed to delay the obvious for a few years, but a torn Achilles in 2013 at 35 was the killer. Kobe, much like Jordan and LeBron, was elite into his 30s. And he’ll always have that 60-point send-off.

6. Karl Malone: He won his final MVP at 35 and was built for durability, never suffering a serious injury. He averaged 20.6 ppg in his final season with Utah (2002-03) as he approached 40. By then, he had morphed into a jump shooter and lost his instincts for offensive rebounding. He bowed out as a ring-chasing role player with the Lakers in ‘03-04.

Larry Bird was ruined by debilitating back issues at 32. Abdul-Jabbar often only jogged downcourt his last six seasons. Tim Duncan became a secondary option in his last four seasons while Dirk Nowitzki averaged more than 20 ppg once over his final five seasons. Vince Carter is 42 and proudly still playing, but clearly is 10 years beyond his prime. Allen Iverson was the last to know his quickness was gone.

“For me, it was Year 12 when it hit me,” said Lakers great James Worthy, who had knee issues. “My patented move was taking off from somewhere inside the free throw line. I found myself halfway there once and I started to descend before I got close to the rim. I had to do a George Gervin flip instead of a dunk.

“It’s different now, with this generation of players. I was eating Burger King before games and working out on Nautilus machines. I went to college with Lawrence Taylor and I remember him telling me, ‘I don’t wanna get hit anymore.’ And he’s a reckless guy. LeBron will wake up one day and he won’t have that drive. He’ll be tired and while physically he’s in such great shape, something will go away, either a move or speed.”

LeBron seems determined to be the outlier. He spends, by various estimations, more than $1 million on his body for round the clock therapy and a personal trainer. Last summer, he refused to allow the shooting schedule for the movie “Space Jam 2” to interfere with his schedule, rising at 3:30 a.m. to train before heading to the set. He has more than once fantasized about staying in the league long enough to possibly play against or alongside his son, Bronny (now a high school freshman).

“LeBron is not only a great player but a physical marvel,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “Probably the best athlete to ever walk this planet. I’ve never seen anybody in my lifetime in any sport whom I would consider a better athlete. It’s one of his best attributes and the one that goes the least noticed. You just take it for granted that he’s out there every night and still doing his things.”

LeBron exchanged playful tweets with Tom Brady last month, with LeBron saying the two are “one in the same.”

Brady is a tame comparison to LeBron. Brady doesn’t run 94 feet and back for nine months (playoffs included) and when tired can simply hand off to the running back. Same for NFL legend Joe Montana, who made the Pro Bowl at 37. MLB legend Nolan Ryan threw once every four or five days. Maybe tennis star Roger Federer, who won Wimbledon at 36 and still reaches finals at 38, comes closest.

“It wouldn’t shock me if LeBron played until he was 40,” West said. “He’s such a great athlete and knows enough about his body that he’ll probably leave before he declines.”

After watching Robert Parish waste away on the Bulls’ bench, Jordan said he’d never allow himself to stay in the game that long. His pride and unwillingness to be seen as hanging on meant he’d walk away first. LeBron doesn’t think of the twilight and given how he’s playing now, that doesn’t appear to be in the future, anyway.

“I was with the Nuggets late in my career and the funny thing is I was leading the league in assists,” said Mark Jackson, fourth on the all-time assists list. “There was a loose ball, a deflection, and it’s right here, and I can go get it. I made the move to go get it, and before I could get anywhere near it, a kid out of nowhere, and in a blur, snatched it. Gets the ball, by the time I get to the spot where the ball is, he’d already dunked it. Young kid by the name of Allen Iverson. I knew it would never be the same.”

Jackson says LeBron is so multi-gifted that he can endure decline in one area and still flourish in another.

“He also has the knowledge, pace and understanding that he’ll still be able to be effective even when he slows down,” Jackson said. “I don’t think it’ll be drastic. He can average a triple-double for the next five years.”

LeBron is taking great satisfaction in fighting age while tweaking skeptics, both real and imagined, who wondered if decline was imminent. He cites that “Washed King” nickname — did somebody actually call him that? — as motivation.

“It’s the personal pressure I put on myself,” LeBron said.

Eventually, like everyone, he’ll take the L from “Father Time.” Until then, LeBron is making us wonder if that mythical man exists.

Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here, and follow him on Twitter.

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EVERYBODY’S A DREAMER and everybody’s a star.

And 35 years ago this weekend at Chicago Stadium, the dreams and the stars all teasingly aligned when Michael Jordan made his regular-season debut as a Bull.

The Bulls beat the Washington Bullets 109-93.

Statistically, Orlando Woolridge led the cascade with 28 points.

Quintin Dailey added 25 as sixth man.

Coach Kevin Loughery looked bright.

Jordan’s numbers were that of an apprentice in acceleration: 5-of-16 shooting, 16 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and 4 blocked shots.

But the tone he set was so different for an organization that had been swallowing its talented.

Relentless.

Independent.

Resourceful.

The most honest presumption at the time was that Jordan was a great young player but that he, too, like many of his teammates, would eventually be washed to sea by the group’s global-class party culture.

Forget about merely the drugs, the weed, the cocktails and the women;

One rotation player was still shaking a three-packs-a-day cigarettes murph.

But Jordan proved to be of a notably different kind of will, along with a few other Bulls.
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As far as national attention, the debut was as hyped as a midnight takeoff at a private airport.

Unless you were among the 13,913 at the Stadium, or in the D.C. area watching a regional telecast with Jim Brinston and Wes Unseld on WDCA-TV, you didn’t see the game.

Jim Durham worked it solo on Chicago’s WIND-AM (560).

By other corporate priorities, the two TV crews of the Bulls — Milo Hamilton and John Mengelt on WGN-Channel 9 and Bill Hazen with Johnny Kerr on SportsChannel — sat it out.

ESPN was still too small potatoes.

Turner was a superstation, but its primary sports offerings were the Braves and the NBA Hawks.

The next morning, The Daily Herald carried a lede to a game story that since has been incorporated by other writers — including Kerr — in multiple books; the great Frank Deford called it one of the most prescient deadline “tops” that he had ever read:

“They should have hung a halo atop Chicago Stadium Friday night because this was no basketball game. It was a revival meeting. Step aside Elmer Gantry. Shut down Billy Sunday.

“The Bulls have been saved.”

And they were.

STREET-BEATIN’: Here’s a novel idea for the fanboy fringe dominating Bears media: Limit dissections of the previous game played to three days — through midday Wednesday — and then begin breaking down the current trending of the next opponent. The propensity to hammer the last game over and over is insipid, braying herd and devolves into irrelevancy. … Matt Nagy and his miscues are down to 3½-point favorites over the visiting Chargers (from an opening 5½). According to classic Larry Merchant theorem (“The National Football Lottery,” q.v.), that means they should cover, even if Leonard Floyd and Roquan Smith have to rise from the catacombs to help get it done (Fox, Sunday, noon, Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman), … Informed analysis continues to undertow that Theo Epstein was using more pliable national and local baseball media to sabotage Joe Maddon since midway through the 2018 season. (Theo’s full agenda may one day seep out; in the meantime, the search for answers around the Cubs is kind of like having both Allen Dulles and John McCloy on the Warren Commission.). … Despite all of the good things being written about David Ross, why does he continue to remind of Robert De Niro’s doomed catcher in “Bang The Drum Slowly?”… Speaking of “doomed” and “catcher,” the first victim whacked by Joaquin Phoenix in “Joker” is Carl Lundstedt (Libertyville High, Class of ’10), the nephew of former Cubs catcher Tom Lundstedt. The young actor (“Cloak and Dagger,” “Manifest”) is the son of Karin and Paul Lundstedt and the fiancee of Tony-nominated Broadway starlet Denée Benton. … Naperville’s very own Candace Parker was excellent filling in for Shaquille O’Neal alongside Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith on TNT’s “Inside the NBA.” O’Neal was mourning the passing of sister Ayesha Harrison-Jex, age 40. … Great week to be a sports fan in Houston: The arrogant Astros open the World Series by imploding, assistant GM Brandon Taubman gets poleaxed for an unconscionable rant related to domestic violence and the “upgraded” Rockets blow a 16-point lead and lose their home opener to Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks. (Next it could be Daryl Morey facing off against Chinese gunboats off the shores of Galveston.). … Bob Ibach, the former PR chief of the Cubs, had a great “in” for choice seats at Games 3 and 4 of the WS at Nationals Park: Son Kevin Ibach of Geneva is director of pro scouting for the Tampa Bay Rays. (Bob the father cut his fingernails in the sports journalism biz reporting on Ted Williams’s Senators for The Washington Post.). … And if “Baby Shark” has been getting it done for Gerardo Parra and the Nationals, why not a more soothing, twinkly anthem for Mitch Trubisky and mates, maybe a classic rah-roar souffléd into “Calm Down, Chicago Bears?”

• Jim O’Donnell’s Sports & Media column appears Thursday and Sunday. Reach him at [email protected]

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There used to be a time when Black Wednesday meant I’d wake up with bar plans for the evening solidified. Maybe I’d be hitting a local dance club to groove to some New Order or doing kamikaze shots at a dive bar while watching whichever sporting event (usually college basketball) ESPN chose to air.

Tonight, I’ll be at home flipping through my Bill James Baseball Abstract while watching a Ken Burns Baseball marathon on Amazon Prime. If my 25-year-old self could have seen my 55-year-old self, he might have gone into a deep depression. But the truth is, baseball is the same passion for me today as nickel beers and dollar shots were when I used to hang out at Cagney’s Saloon in Oak Lawn and Erik the Red’s just off of 111th Street & Western Avenue back in the late 1980’s.

I’d get my hopes up for a transaction or two this long weekend, but we’re still in the extended speculative stage of the offseason, which means a lot of debate over potential moves that will probably never happen. Frankly I’m surprised that so many people have buyer’s remorse over Whit Merrifield even though the second baseman has yet to be acquired. A lot of the about-face on Merrifield comes from a Steamer projection that indicates he will be a 99 wRC+ player — that’s ever-so-slightly less than league average — in 2020.

So instead of gushing over the one guy who represents everything the Cubs need at the top of their lineup, Whit the Stick is now perceived as an aging middle infielder whose second-strongest skill set, speed, is about to be rendered useless. It’s no matter that Merrifield’s 20 stolen bases last season and projected 25 for this season would basically lap 2019 team leader Javier Báez. Steamer says he’s going to bust, so it must be true. Besides, Merrifield’s best attribute is his ability to make contact, a skill the Cubs are clearly lacking. Why would you not want a 3.3 oWAR player with an AAV of $4.06 million leading off for the Cubs for the next three years?

Coincidence or not, Addison Russell is projected to earn $5.1 million through arbitration if the Cubs tender him a contract next week. In the meantime, most Royals fans would like to see Kansas City keep their inexpensive All-Star.

If you look at Merrifield’s 2019 season, it looks almost exactly the same as the 2015 season of Ben Zobrist. The Cubs gave Zobrist, then 34, a four-year, $56 million contract. Merrifield is going to be 31 next year and the two players are excellent comps, so I’d say the regression fears are a little overstated. The most ridiculous thing I’ve read is that the Cubs would have Daniel Descalso 2.0 on their hands if they make this acquisition. I’m not sure how you compare a career bench player to a guy who had 206 hits last season, but that rationalization apparently exists.

True, the Royals’ alleged asking price appears to be exorbitant, but last I checked the Cubs are the only team heavily connected to the second baseman. I’d bet giving up one of Ian Happ or Nico Hoerner plus minor league pitcher Cory Abbott would get the deal done. I’d have no problem with that trade and most Cubs fans shouldn’t either. Frankly speaking, Happ, who isn’t even eligible for arbitration until next winter, should be enough to get a trade done, but Abbott is a decent enough kicker if that closes the deal.

In the meantime, let’s not get too worked up over a Steamer projection. Merrifield will probably be a 104-107 wRC+ player next year and is likely to produce 2020 stats that compare favorably with the just concluded season. He bats leadoff, makes great contact, and plays every day.

There are four cosmic phenomena that travel faster than the speed of light. You can add Cubs fans’ ability to switch from overdrive to reverse without hesitation to that list.

Cubs News & Notes

Báez and the Cubs front office are expected to discuss a long-term extension at the Winter Meetings in San Diego next month.
A poll of National League front office executives revealed that just under half believe Kris Bryant will be traded this winter.
Do the Cubs have a shot at signing free agent third baseman Anthony Rendon? Probably not, even if they do trade Bryant.
Need an offseason baseball fix? Jordan Bastian of MLB.com lists the Cubs’ top 5 wins of 2019, with plenty of video highlights.
New Scouting VP Dan Kantrovitz believes the Cubs job is the perfect one (subscription to The Athletic required).
Razzball recently profiled their top Cubs prospects, with outfielder Brennen Davis taking the No. 1 spot. Get excited about this kid, he’s going to be very, very good. Davis slashed .305/.381/.525 in the Midwest League, where he was 2.2 years younger than the average player.
If you weren’t already aware, Davis is the son of former Chicago Bulls guard Reggie Theus.
Kendall Graveman, whose option was declined earlier this offseason by the Cubs’ front office, agreed to terms with the Mariners on a one-year deal with a club option for the 2021 season, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
The Cubs’ Marquee Sports Network will rely on the expertise of WGN’s Bob Vorwald as a special adviser to general manager Michael McCarthy.

Tuesday Stove

The Rangers intend to aggressively pursue Rendon.

If Texas really wants to change its culture, signing a top free agent such as Rendon would accelerate that process.

Other than Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor, or any member of the Cubs infield, here are 10 names that will probably be mentioned as trade candidates at the Winter Meetings starting December 8.

MLBTR offers a quick rundown of the offseason catching market, including trade candidate Willson Contreras.

The Phillies signed infielder Josh Harrison to a minor league deal.

The A’s may look to trade some of their more expensive players in an effort to slash payroll.

The Yankees are said to believe that Gerrit Cole will sign with the Angels.

The Pirates managerial search may be coming to a conclusion, as the front office, led by Ben Cherington, is said to have narrowed its field of potential hires to Derek Shelton of the Twins and Matt Quatraro of the Rays.

Extra Innings

Evan wrote about a dubious award given by Pitching Ninja Rob Friedman to Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini but the video is still fun to watch.

They Said It

“We’ve all learned over time that in this industry — it’s cliché — but you can’t be standing still even if you’re having some success.” – Dan Kantrovitz

Tuesday Walk Up Song

Heart of Mine by Norah Jones and the Peter Malick Group. Great cover of a song written by Bob Dylan.
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