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Denzel Valentine tries, fails to channel Showtime Magic Johnson while down 28

Denzel Valentine, Magic Johnson, Bulls, Lakers

They say everybody wants to be Like Mike. As for Chicago Bulls forward Denzel Valentine, he apparently wants to be like Magic Johnson. Valentine tried to do his best impression of Lakers icon “Showtime” Magic Johnson in Chicago’s 126-96 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Not only was he trying to do so while down 28, he also miserably failed at it.

Watch Denzel Valentine make an absolute embarrassment of himself on the break against Milwaukee:

Someone should send this clip to Magic. Maybe he’ll tweet out an entertaining take on Denzel Valentine’s failed impression of him.

Denzel Valentine must have thought a trailer was right behind him. Still, did he not see the two Bucks defenders running alongside him? That almost seemed too easy of a pick off for the Milwaukee defender.

This was essentially garbage time already for both teams with the score so lop-sided, so it didn’t really have much impact on the outcome of the game. Nonetheless, Denzel Valentine did give fans something to laugh about. No doubt, he should find himself on the next edition of Shaqtin’ a Fool for this one.

Denzel Valentine hasn’t played as much and might not find himself as a staple on new Bulls coach Billy Donovan’s rotation moving forward. The fourth-year wing has played in three of Chicago’s five games so far this year. With Chandler Hutchison recently testing positive for COVID-19, the 27-year old may get an opportunity to earn minutes and eventually carve out a role for the Bulls.

Denzel Valentine has expressed frustration in the past over not getting a chance to show that he can be a rotation player in the NBA. Plays like this, however, will certainly not help his cause. It is all part of the Bulls’ slow and unavoidably messy attempt to remake themselves under a new head coach and general manager. The growing pains are evident in Chicago.