Just a three-game slate on Monday, but it’s not without some serious awkwardness on #narrativestreet. Let me explain:

It’s Rajon Rondo #bobblehead night. Normally I’d be jamming #9 into my lineups for the triple-double upside he brings….but coach Fred Hoiberg has other plans. A straight benching with multiple DNP-CD’s has left this otherwise prime #narrative game into a very risky, almost can’t do it territory. Thanks Freddy. The Chicago press was pumped for it as they wrote about it in the preseason:

“The Chicago Bulls know that their two biggest offseason player additions provide an attractive storyline for the 2016-17 season, and they’re doing plenty to play them up.

That’s why Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo join Jimmy Butler this season as the players the team will promote with bobblehead giveaways, the Bulls announced today.

Butler’s mini-statue will be given away at the team’s Jan. 7 game against Toronto, followed by Rondo’s on Jan. 9 against Oklahoma City and Wade’s on March 24 against Philadelphia.

It’s a double-down on the “Three Alphas” nickname that Rondo gave the trio this summer when he described their dynamic at a news conference introducing him.

Whether or not that nickname sticks, it represents the most marketable aspect of a team that has been overhauled in a year after parting ways with former stars Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol.”

Again, Fred H. is denying us the “Three Alphas” #bobblehead experience. Sigh.

I guess the undercard from the #bobblehead narrative is Jimmy Butler vs. Russell Westbrook. Okay I’ll guess I can accept that.


Revenge Games

Langston Galloway (Pelicans) — travels to Madison Square Garden where he played the first two seasons of his NBA career before hooking up with New Orleans.


Michael Beasley (Bucks) — not on slate

Terrence Jones (Pelicans) — plays the Knicks in a reserve bench role

As always, let us know what we missed @nbanarratives — Thank You!


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