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Bulls coach Jim Boylen: no discussions of ‘diminished role’ for Robin Lopez

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A healthy Robin Lopez was taken out of the Chicago Bulls’ rotation around this time last season in a rather obvious attempt of “tanking”, or purposefully losing games in order to get better probabilities of good draft picks, a move done by some teams in the NBA.

However, this time, the Bulls are decidedly not giving up the fight and will go all out after the All-Star Break, despite being on the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

According to K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune, the Bulls are in “attack mode, not tank mode”, and will continue to utilize Lopez’s veteran leadership for head coach Jim Boylen’s offense.

“We have not discussed a diminished role for (Robin Lopez) at all,” Boylen said. “RoLo is a big guy for the team and understands how we want to play. His screening is essential to making everyone better. His ability to screen and roll and catch the ball in the pocket makes us all better.”

The Bulls’ good offensive plays are on a roll since the acquisition of Otto Porter Jr., having won two of their last four games. Together with young star players like Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen, fans can expect the team to remain competitive and go for the win in their last games.

“My marching orders are to continue to coach and develop and demand good basketball and better play and honor the things we’ve talked about — playing for ‘Bulls’ across their chest, competing at a high level, playing the right way,” Boylen said. “From my vantage point, I’m worried about us growing, and you grow when you have pressure put on you. You grow when you have something at stake. So I’m going to keep pushing these guys to grow as a team.”

Coach Boylen said that he’s going to continue building their culture of competitiveness, especially since their crew is young and needed more experience on being accountable and developed. No matter what happens, they will always put the team and the franchise first and make sure to have each other’s backs as they advance in the league. (Janiel Abby Toralba)