Opening Tip: Dunleavy wants to stay
November, 27, 2013
By Nick Friedell
Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty ImagesMike Dunleavy is shooting 47.4 percent from three-point range this season.SALT LAKE CITY -- Mike Dunleavy Jr. has suddenly become this season's version of Richard Hamilton for the Chicago Bulls.
Dunleavy, like Hamilton before him, was brought in as a valuable shooter to play alongside Derrick Rose only to then see Rose go down to a season-ending knee surgery.
"It's tough for everybody," Dunleavy said of Rose's injury. "You certainly feel for him. Ironically, one of the reasons I came here is because last year the way this team performed under adversity and the way the circumstances were I was really impressed with that so that was one of the reasons I came here. And then here we are again in the same boat. So this is a really solid group. We'll respond well, and we just hope Derrick gets back whenever he can and is good as ever."
Dunleavy could become an attractive trade target to a team looking to add a shooter if the Bulls decide to start making deals. But he said he hasn't put much thought into that possibility. Not only did he take less money to sign with the Bulls, he is also signed for another season after this one.
"You don't really get concerned about that type of stuff," he said. "It's really out of your control. I haven't really given much thought to it to be honest with you."
Snell makes his first start: With Rose now out of the picture for the year and Jimmy Butler still out because of a turf toe injury, Tom Thibodeau decided to give Tony Snell a chance to see what he can do. The soft-spoken rookie scored nine points against the Utah Jazz and tried to make the most of his chance.
"I got to take advantage of the opportunity," Snell said before the game. "Opportunities like this don't come around too much so I got to take advantage."
Since being drafted this summer, Snell has impressed his teammates and coaches with his work ethic.
"I'm a really hard worker," he said. "Anything the coach asks me to do I'm going to go out there and do it. Defensively, I feel like I've improved a lot. Offensively, I'm just trying to learn the plays and I'm just trying to move around and make plays."
The last word: Jazz coach Ty Corbin on Rose's latest injury: "I'm sad for the guy. I know how tough it was for him last year to miss the entire season with the injury that he had. He works his tail off to get back and he was turning the corner and feeling better about himself. To get another injury, it's an unfortunate part of the buisness. We're praying that everything turns out well for him and he seems to be a really nice young man so hopefully he gets back soon."