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Thaddeus Young claims only way Bulls will win games is by ‘being unified’

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Veteran small forward Thaddeus Young says the only way the Chicago Bulls are going to win games this season is by “being unified.”

Young signed a three-year, $41 million deal with the Bulls this summer. The lefty will be asked to be one of the leaders on the team since Chicago has a lot of youngsters on the squad.

“A lot of people always say that once you get in between these lines it starts, but it doesn’t start in between the lines,’’ Young said, via Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. “It starts in the locker room where we’re sitting there shooting the bullcrap. It starts in there, building that camaraderie, building that brotherhood with one another and then it translates out to the court.

“So we have to make sure that it’s all together in there before we step out on the court, because at the end of the day the coaches can’t go out there and play for us, front office can’t go out there and play for us. We have to go out there and play for ourselves as a team, a unit, and we have to be unified at all costs and that’s the only way we’re going to win games, is being unified, having a structured situation to where we go out there and play but just making sure we’re all together at all times, even if we’re going to take L’s in the process.”

Young averaged 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 2018-19 with the Indiana Pacers while shooting 52.7 percent from the field, 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 64.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Young is going to come off the bench for the Bulls, who will likely start Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Otto Porter Jr., Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr.