MARTIAN'S MINUTE: July 11, 2019

I know I've been inconsistent with the Minute releases the last few days, and to be honest, it's going to stay that way for another week. I'm currently in paradise, aka California. It's perfect here. There's been a dream for a Burbs office in Chicago one day, but it looks like I'll have to work remotely. I've gotta move out here after I graduate (only two years!); the Midwest is where dreams go to DIE. The winter is one of my least favorite things, I really don't think I can do many more than required. At least where I'm at, it doesn't get that hot and the nights create the perfect hoodie-and-shorts weather. As far as I can tell, the only things Illinois and California have in common is that they're both horribly run states in terms of government efficiency and have legal pot. Yin and yang. The only redeeming thing for Illinois is the pizza. That will never be topped.


The Bulls have their starting lineup set (?)

It's Summer League time! The Bulls went 2-2 in preliminary play, headlined by this summer's two picks, Coby White and Daniel Gafford. Both have impressed with their play as Gafford has shown to be an energetic, high-flyer and it's clear that White can run the floor and make the right plays while leading an offense. It's been speculated that White would start out the gate but during an interview yesterday, head coach Jim Boylen gave insight as to who would be starting on opening night. As of now, this is who is going to be starting: Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Otto Porter Jr., Lauri Markkanen, and Wendell Carter Jr. I'm OK with this. Training camp will probably end up deciding the starting guard position; expect it to be a three-way battle between Dunn, White, and newly acquired Tomas Satoransky. Playoffs would be awesome, and I'm kind of expecting them to make it as the eighth seed, but it's the Bulls so who knows what'll happen. If this is the lineup, I like that Satoransky and Thad Young will be the first guys off the bench. We need veterans to compliment the young guys and I feel like the front office went out and got the right guys for the job. All I can do right now is speculate; I need the season to start bad.

Boogie is looking like a slim killer

Boogie gave an interview yesterday after officially becoming a Laker and gave some insight into how he's going to come back this season. He tore his quad in the first round of the playoffs but was able to work his way back to appear in the Finals. At times he looked slow and not 100% healthy, but there were flashes of the OG Boogie. Boogie is my favorite player in the league because of how dominant he is and if he can get back to 85% of what he was doing pre-Achilles, I'll be elated. Playing alongside former teammates Rajon Rondo and Anthony Davis will certainly help him on his comeback to greatness and getting a chance to play with the GOAT, LeBron, will give Boogie an opportunity to thrive and compete to get back to the Finals. With Boogie slimming down, it'll cut down his risk of re-injury and give him a quicker step, especially on LeBron-led fast breaks. I really like the team that LA has put together. They can definitely compete for a ring but it's going to be tough, especially when the co-favorite to win it all shares the same arena. This upcoming season might be the most fun in recent memory; maybe ever. If Boogie is an All-Star this year, I'll give a random Minute reader absolutely nothing because odds are I have less money than you.