Bulls’ Kris Dunn embracing new role after wanting a trade in the offseason
Kris Dunn appears to have recently come to terms with his current role for the Chicago Bulls. After being heavily linked to a move away from Chicago in the summer, the 25-year-old has taken a complete u-turn, with no less than his head coach, Jim Boylen, praising Dunn for his renewed commitment to the team.
“Big time. Big time,” Boylen repeated, for good measure, via K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports. “He just wants to win. He’s the first guy in the breakfast room. You have to be in the building 45 minutes before [practice]. He’s in 1 hour, 45 minutes before. He does his workout 45 minutes before everybody else with Coach [Nate] Loenser. He is locked in. He cares. He always cared. And he’s playing winning basketball. I’m really happy for him.”
Dunn did not exactly do as well as expected as Chicago’s starting point guard last term. As a result, the Bulls shook things up in the backcourt during the offseason, adding a slew of guards, which caused Dunn’s demotion in the pecking order.
From being the team’s primary playmaker, Dunn now has to split backourt minutes with Tomas Satoransky, rookie Coby White, and Ryan Arcidiacono — a log jam that Dunn admittedly did not appreciate at the onset. Nevertheless, Dunn exhibited his maturity, and did a complete turnaround by committing himself completely to the squad despite the less than ideal situation he is currently in.
Speaking to reporters, Dunn also acknowledged his coach’s praise, while also saying that in his mind, the most important thing right now is winning.
“That means a lot. That’s what I try to do,” Dunn said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago. “I come from a winning program at Providence. I know what winning looks like. And I know what it takes to win.”
Interestingly, Dunn is currently on a contract year, so surely, this had a lot to do with his sudden change in attitude. Now, whether or not he remains a Bull beyond this season is an altogether different question.