Ex-Illinois star Brandon Paul savors event with Spurs as 26-year-old NBA rookie

At final month’s Bulls home opener, Brandon Paul saw laxity wherever he looked.

From his mark on a Spurs bench, he watched an competition he cheered for while flourishing adult in a north suburbs and winning Illinois’ Mr. Basketball in 2009 during Warren High School. In a stands sat high propagandize and college friends and mixed family members.

And on a court, a diversion he desired adequate to keep him going from 2013, when he went undrafted out of Illinois, to being a 26-year-old rookie remained a same.

“It was really humbling to play in a United Center and see how many people came out to support me,” Paul said.

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Gregg Popovich) and a lot of Hall of Fame guys, guys who have rings, it’s truly a blessing to be means to learn from these people. We also have a good staff that we get to work with. I’m fortunate.”

And even yet Illinois is dual coaches private from Bruce Weber, who recruited Paul, he still follows his alma mater. Paul even has had “a integrate conversations” with Brad Underwood given Illinois hired him.

“He’s a good guy,” Paul said. “I’m always going to be Illini by and through. we know they won (Friday) night. we couldn’t watch since (the Spurs) played, though I’ll try to locate as many games as we can as prolonged as it doesn’t dispute with the schedule.

“I’m always going to be a large fan.”

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