With the Olympics just around the corner, basketball fans will be glued to their TV’s since it a rare occurrence to see the sport played in the middle of the summer. Even more exciting for Chicagoans will be seeing members of the Bulls representing their respective home countries. Here are all the Chicago Bulls’ representatives in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
United States: Zach LaVine
Bulls’ superstar Zach LaVine will get his first Olympics opportinuty this year. LaVine was a first-time All-Star in 2021 and led the Bulls in scoring. Participating in the Olympics will allow LaVine the opportunity to play with some of the best players in the NBA and make a recruiting pitch for them to join the Bulls. If LaVine elevates his play on the global stage, his stardom will only continue to grow.
Czech Republic: Tomas Satoransky
Bulls’ backup point guard Tomas Satoransky has been the heart and soul of the Czech team on their run to the Olympics. Satoransky is one of the few players on his home country’s team with NBA experience. The Czechs had to fight tooth and nail to get an Olympic birth, and Satoransky was an integral part of that effort, recording 18 points, five assists, seven rebounds, and a +7 overall in plus/minus.
Most importantly, he hit the game-winning shot with 1.4 seconds left on the clock to propel the Czechs to the Olympic Qualifying Tournament final.
Spain: Pau Gasol
Former Bull Pau Gasol will be making what is likely to be his last Olympic appearance. Gasol has played in the last four Olympics, winning two silver medals and a bronze medal with Spain. During his NBA career, Gasol dominated as a Laker during the Kobe Bryant era, winning two NBA titles before coming to the Bulls. After his time in Chicago, Gasol bounced around the NBA until he sustained a foot injury in 2019. He attempted a comeback but didn’t receive enough interest from teams around the league. He returned to Spain to play for FC Barcelona, where he began his career before playing in the NBA.