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Bulls sense something building after productive September: ‘The mentality of this organization changed’

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Chicago Bulls believe they are going to be playoff contenders in 2019-20 There’s a chance we’ll look back at September 2019 as the turning point of the Bulls’ rebuild. It’s obviously too soon to say – the Bulls have still won 49 games in two seasons and have the NBA’s second youngest roster – but the unanimous sentiment around Media Day on Monday at the Advocate Center was that there’s a fresh breath of air throughout the organization. Last season wasn’t rock bottom, but it felt like it at times. Core pieces of the rebuild missed significant time with injuries, there was a midseason head coaching change, the players walked out of a practice, the Bulls suffered eight home losses of 23 or more points, and they struck out in the Lottery for a second consecutive season. But the front office quietly put together a strong summer, nabbing two key veteran free agents and drafting a point guard with much-needed versatility. Jim Boylen took it upon himself to spend time with each key piece of the roster. And perhaps most importantly, there was near-perfect attendance inside the Advocate Center during the final month of the offseason. And it was in that month of September that the Bulls say they began to see a shift. With six new faces – seven including Otto Porter, who played just 15 games for the Bulls season – the team meshed in those September workouts, leaders were formed and the intensity increased. All getting-guys-in-our-building […]

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