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Bulls’ JaKarr Sampson says he’s grateful for his ‘big time’ comeback

JaKarr Sampson

Chicago Bulls forward JaKarr Sampson led the charge for his team on Saturday night as they battled the Philadelphia 76ers at the United Center.

The Sixers did come away with the 116-96 victory, but Sampson arguably had the most notable performance of the evening. Following his huge night against his former team, the 6-foot-9 small forward shared how he was just grateful for the opportunity that was handed to him:

“It’s big time,” said Sampson, via ESPN. “I’m thankful for the opportunity (coach Jim Boylen has) given me to play big-time minutes in the NBA. It’s not often it happens. I’ve just got to take advantage of my opportunity.”

Sampson signed a 10-day deal with the Bulls just last week, and his impact for the team has been instantaneous. The 25-year-old kept it going on Saturday, scoring a career-high 29 points (on 11-of-17 shooting), along with eight rebounds, an assist, two blocks, and zero turnovers in 36 minutes of action.

Sampson has only made three appearances for the Bulls thus far, but his numbers have been impressive. The former St. John’s standout is currently averaging 23.0 points (on 65.8 percent shooting), 8.0 rebounds, and a steal and a block each in just over 31 minutes per game.

The sample size may be small, but it would not be surprising if there are some other teams that show interest on Sampson over the summer.