How do you conclude a dramatic offseason that involved headlining trades and free agent signings? By planning the parade for banner seven, that's how.
Ok, that may be an overzealous postgame exaggeration, but the Bulls just won the Las Vegas Summer League! Let’s savor these moments and act irrationally until the real stuff starts in a few months time.
Buoyed by two unbelievable jump shots by first-round pick Denzel Valentine, the Chicago Bulls remained undefeated en route to the Summer League title, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves in overtime.
Down 77-74 after an incredible go-ahead three-pointer by Wolves guard Tyus Jones, Valentine would deliver his own huge three, tying the game on a fantastic out-of-bounds play call.
With scores locked at 82 a piece, the game would be decided by one final basket. Fresh off an amazing three-pointer to tie the game at the end of regulation, Valentine again delivered a dagger, hitting a tough fall-away mid-range jumper to ice the game.
Valentine's timely brilliance won the game for the Bulls, though he was well supported by Bobby Portis and Jerian Grant. After being named to the All-NBA Summer League First Team, Portis concluded an impressive stretch of games with another dominant outing, scoring 26 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Grant, too, was impressive, collecting 24 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and the championship game MVP award.
For the Bulls, winning the Summer League title caps a dramatic offseason which saw headline trades and free agent signings change the complexion of the franchise. While we bask in this momentary glory, we now wait until the real stuff begins, hoping this victory is timely omen of more success to follow.