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Bulls Open Camp

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Oct 4, 2006 9:40PM

With the baseball season over for Chicago's teams and the Bears only playing once a week, we're relieved that weekday sports will soon return to our sports radar. Yesterday, the Bulls opened training camp.

Because of Monday night's storms, they began practice without electricity, practicing by the light of one open door in the Berto Center gym. But you know coach Scott Skiles isn't going to cut practice short simply because there ain't no light!

2006_10_sports_ben_wallace_trainingcamp.jpgBesides, he's got a lot of work to do to whip this team into shape and into a cohesive unit. Clearly, the Bulls have added a lot of talent to the roster with the addition of Ben Wallace. They've replaced Tyson Chandler with P.J. Brown and brought back Adrian Griffin. So they've dramatically increased the team's overall toughness. They've added a couple athletic rookies to work into the rotation, too.

The Bulls want to avoid the slow starts of past years in order to prove they can hang with the NBA's elites. Two years ago, they began 0-9 before eventually getting into a groove on the way to 45 wins. Last year, they were well below .500 for most of the season, before a 12-2 finish vaulted them into the playoffs.

With camp now underway, we anxiously await the first preseason games. They open up the tune-ups against the Washington Wizards on Oct. 11.

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