‘Just Obsessed’ – Bulls’ Nikola Vucevic Shares Admiration for Michael Jordan

Published 03/28/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
Feb 5, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) shoots the ball between Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) and forward Gary Clark (12) during the fourth quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports


Nikola Vucevic is now a Chicago Bull. The two-time NBA All-Star went to Chicago on the NBA trade deadline. After several years of being the best player in Orlando, he went to Chicago to help revive a franchise that has been flailing. Not since the days of Derrick Rose has there been a lot of hype in Chicago after the retirement of Michael Jordan. And Vucevic revealed how big of a fan he is of ‘His Airness’.

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Nikola Vucevic on his connection to MJ

Nikola Vucevic gave an interview as a Chicago Bull for the first time. When asked about playing for such a historic franchise, Vucevic harkened back to his childhood. Growing up, Vucevic was a huge fan of Michael Jordan. He noted how fitting it was that he was now a Chicago Bulls player. Vucevic was obsessed with Michael Jordan growing up and wants to play well for the team Jordan made famous.

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Chicago Bulls All-Star forward # 23 Michael Jordan file photos. (Photo by Tom Berg/WireImage)

“Growing up, I think like many people, I was a big Bulls fan because of Jordan and the success the Bulls had at the time. I was just obsessed with Jordan and Jordan gear and everything that came with it. I was lucky that my dad (Borislav Vučević), he played professionally, so he had access to a lot of the stuff.

“Actually, as soon as I got traded, my family reached out to me and we talked about the picture… I guess it was meant to be in a way.”

Vucevic – a breath of fresh air in Chicago

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Vucevic enters the Chicago Bulls as a reigning All-Star. He earned his second nomination this season, after being one of the brightest shining stars in the Orlando Magic. Despite the franchise being in dire straits for the past few years, Vucevic has consistently played at a very high level in order to try and elevate his franchise. And now he gets to be on a potential playoff team this season.

Jan 16, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) shoots over Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) in the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

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Can Nikola Vucevic help lead the Bulls to the playoffs? He and Zach LaVine form one of the best duos in the Eastern Conference. However, Vucevic is not one of the defensively astute centers in the NBA. Yet, he is elite on the attacking end of the court. The Bulls will have to work hard in order to compensate for his weaknesses.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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