Oct 20, 2021 - Sports

How to fake it: The Chicago Bulls

Zach Lavine dunks a basketball.

Zach LaVine dunks the ball during a preseason game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Photo: Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images

As Chicago celebrates the Sky, the NBA's Bulls open their regular season tonight in Detroit. If you catch the game, you may be surprised to see all the new faces.

  • Justin is here to help you fake it when cheering for this year's Chicago Bulls.

The big picture: The pundits all say the Bulls are back. They haven't made the playoffs since 2017 (Rajon Rondo, anyone?) and haven't finished over .500 since 2016.

  • And yet because of the new roster, fans are expecting the Bulls to make the playoffs. Act accordingly.

What's happening: The front office has completely overhauled this roster. Free agent guards Lonzo Ball, DeMar DeRozan and Alex Caruso are now here, along with rookie Ayo Dosunmu.

  • Yep, Dosunmu is the star that took Illini to the NCAA Tournament last year. So a "that guy looks familiar" or "I knew Ayo was a star" will give you instant basketball cred.
  • No more Lauri Markkanen. Throw in a "whatever happened to that Finnish dude" and you will be invited to future games.

The latest: The Bulls went undefeated in the preseason, which means nothing. Don't let anyone try to tell you otherwise. Argue. Stand your ground. You are right.

  • And if you haven't been around since the Jordan years, you'll notice one big difference — the Bulls switched home and away colors a couple years back, meaning their iconic white jerseys are reserved for the road.
  • "I hate they aren't wearing white at the UC" will get you instant respect and maybe even an invite to the next watch party.

The bottom line: Bennie the Bull is still the best mascot in the NBA.


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