Saturday, March 2, 2013
Amundson vows high-energy play
By Doug Padilla
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Lou Amundson went through his first workout with his new Chicago Bulls teammates on Saturday and will be available off the bench in Saturday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets.
The 6-foot-9 power forward was signed to a 10-day contract earlier Saturday and is being brought aboard to help after the loss of Taj Gibson to a sprained knee. Gibson was injured last Sunday and could be out for a few weeks with the injury to his MCL.
Amundson, who was cut loose by the Minnesota Timberwolves earlier this season, will be looked upon to do some of the dirty work, like rebounding, setting screens and playing defense. Any scoring will be considered a bonus.
“He could play (Saturday)” head coach Tom Thibodeau said. “In situations like this, I think that’s where experience is important. Obviously you would pull back, you would have a limited playbook as far as what you are doing but you can manage. You can always manage.”
The Bulls will be Amundson’s seventh team in six seasons. The UNLV alum, who hails from Boulder, Colo., averaged 1.2 points and 2.4 rebounds in 8.1 minutes in 20 games at Minnesota this season. He has also played for the 76ers, Jazz, Suns, Warriors, and Pacers.
“I’m honored to be part of this team,” Amundson said. “Obviously its’ a great team here right now and a great history. There are really great players and a great coaching staff so I’m really excited for this chance and hopefully I can come in and help the team.”
With so many stops in the league, Amundson can already see how different things are in Chicago.
“Just how thorough everything was today,” Amundson said after the afternoon shootaround. “I haven’t really been part of a shootaround like that where it’s that thorough. We go over every little thing. I can tell the attention to detail is there for sure.”
His time is limited, so he knows what he has to do in order to impress the coaching staff.
“You have to be around me enough and see me play day in and day out to really appreciate what you bring to the team and what you do,” he said. “I do work hard. I think they can appreciate that.”
Amundson reportedly had opportunities to sign elsewhere but chose the 10-day contract with Bulls instead. If he can stick around for the remainder of the season he would be eligible to play in the postseason.
“(It’s) just the fact that it was a top team,” Amundson said of his decision to sign with the Bulls. “They are always a contender in the East and being part of a good team is important to me.”