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Bulls Going International

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Mar 25, 2009 7:00PM

In the thick of a playoff race, the Chicago Bulls are also charting some international moves of sorts.

  • Tomorrow night when the Miami Heat roll into town, the Bulls will be donning jerseys that read, "Los Bulls" in celebration of the NBA's Noche Latina, meant to recognize the league's Latin American players and fans. The other NBA cities celebrating Noche Latina are Los Angeles, Miami, Phoenix, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston and New York. Player introductions will be presented in Spanish and Latin cultural facts will be featured on the scoreboard throughout the game. Of course, if it were truly going to celebrate latino culture, wouldn't the unis read "Los Toros?"
  • Like their United Center co-tenants, the Bulls will be hopping across the pond next fall for a game. While the 'Hawks match-up isa regular season one, the Bulls will be playing the Utah Jazz in a preseason match-up in London. The teams will face-off on October 6 at London's O2 Arena and the game will be a homecoming of sorts for Luol Deng; Deng grew up in London after his family fled Sudan. Said Deng, "Not only am I excited for the team, I'm also excited for the Chicago Bulls fans in Europe and London. But personally, I'm thrilled having a chance to play where I grew up in front of friends and family." The game will be part of the NBA's annual Europe Live Tour, which will be scaled back next season as opposed to previous seasons.