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As if signing a max deal with the Bulls wasn’t enough to prove Jimmy Butler’s hard work and dedication had paid off, USA Basketball has invited the reigning Most Improved Player to its upcoming minicamp.
ESPN’s Marc Stein reported the news on Tuesday with Butler being one of seven players invited to participate in the training camp. Those who participate in the camp will have the chance of making the team that will represent the U.S. at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The camp will take place in Las Vegas from Aug. 11-13 at UNLV.
Bulls announce Brooks and Dunleavy re-signings, sign Brazilian big man
But, on Monday, the Bulls also added a new big man, Cristiano Felicio. The Brazilian power forward/center is currently playing for the Bulls’ Summer League team and will join the Bulls at training camp.
Bulls sign Brazilian big man Cristiano Felicio, who is on summer league team and will come to training camp on make-good deal.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) July 12, 2015
ESPN honors Bulls for humanitarian work
Wednesday morning, the Bulls announced that they were named the inaugural ESPN Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year. In a press release, it was stated that they were presented with the honor last night at a ceremony in Los Angeles, and chairman Jerry Reinsdorf spoke of the honor.
“The Bulls feel a great sense of responsibility to give back to the city of Chicago and the people who give so much to us. The team’s commitment to helping others has been steadfast for many years, but it has been incredible to watch our work evolve and flourish over the last few years under Michael and Nancy’s leadership. I am very proud of the terrific job they have done engaging players, coaches, staff, corporate partners and community partners with the goal of helping others,” said Jerry Reinsdorf, Chairman. “We thank ESPN for this incredible honor and for recognizing the positive impact sports teams can have in a community.”
They will also receive a $75,000 grant for Chicago Bulls Charities.
Gibson to hold youth camp
Taj Gibson will be hosting a youth basketball camp in September for those children in grades 1-12. The camp will be at Joy of the Game in Deerfield, Illinois and is open to both boys and girls. More information, including registration, can be found at tajgibsoncamp.com.
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