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Thaddeus Young wants to reshape Bulls’ culture with ‘grit and attitude’

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The Chicago Bulls recently made one of the biggest under-the-radar signings by agreeing to a three-year, $41 million deal with veteran forward Thaddeus Young. He appears to be a perfect fit for a rebuilding Bulls side, and based on his recent comments, the 30-year-old intends to do everything in his power to help lift Chicago.

Speaking to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Young shared what exactly he intends to bring to the table for his new team:

“Nobody was expecting us to win and then we had two consecutive 48-win seasons. I would think I was a big part of helping switch the culture,” Young said to reporters in Las Vegas late Monday. “I want to do the same thing as what I did in Indiana. Bring that hard-hat mentality each and every night, be there for my guys, and just stay healthy and make sure I’m willing my guys to victories. Bring that grit and that attitude.”

The Bulls are not expected to be contenders in the Eastern Conference this coming season, but with Young on their side, the team can be sure that there will always be that one guy pushing each and every player every single night.

Young went on to give us a preview of how he intends to help reshape the culture of the Bulls:

“It starts by not getting tired of the grind, not getting tired of the competitive nature,” Young said of how to change a culture. “A lot of guys, they tend to get tired of the competitive nature, of coming to practices each and every day and playing over and over. But when you do those same things over and over, it helps you get better as a team, and it helps you win more games as a team. We just have to continue to keep that grind, continue to stay focused on the task at hand, which is winning basketball games, and hopefully we get to the playoffs.”

Last season, Young played 81 games for the Indiana Pacers, averaging 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 30.7 minutes per contest.