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CHICAGO — Bulls point guard Kris Dunn says he was offended by the Chicago Sun-Times’ report claiming the organization was unimpressed with his work ethic this offseason.
Back in June, Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said the report was “not accurate” and that he is pleased with Dunn’s efforts to get stronger and better this summer.
Dunn has been at the Bulls’ practice facility all summer working on his game.
“I was definitely offended by it,” Dunn told the Chicago Tribune. “My dad worked hard. My brothers and sisters and me took hard work seriously. I know I work hard. So whoever put it out there, that’s how they felt.”
The Bulls acquired Dunn from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Jimmy Butler trade. In 52 games this past season, Dunn averaged 13.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.0 assists, shooting 42.9 percent from the field and 32.1 percent from three.
“Kris is a good, good young man and he’s working very hard,” Paxson said in June. “We have great hopes for Kris. He was a big part of the trade we made last summer and we think he’s going to make a real step this coming season.”
Paxson did mention he and general manager Gar Forman sat down with Dunn in private last season when he showed up late for a meeting while he was injured. Paxson says after the chat, Dunn was terrific.
“I’ll tell ya, I don’t think I’ve said this, but I want to make the point and why this is so difficult for us to read things like this. Last year, when Kris, he was hurt early in the season, he wasn’t active on our roster,” Paxson said. “And he was late for something. The way we addressed that was we brought Kris — Gar and I brought Kris up to our office along with Fred (Hoiberg). We had his representatives in, and we said, ‘Kris this is not the way it works. And for you to have success here and for you to play for us, we don’t tolerate things like being late or not showing up, those types of things.’ And he was terrific from that point on.”