Bulls rookies have league veterans they can consult when in need of advice.
Chicago rookies Marquis Teague and Ryan Allen have one thing in common, at least – both have an older brother who has played significant time in the NBA. Teague might be a first-round pick and Allen a non-guaranteed training camp invite, but both have this advantage as they are introduced to professional basketball. Allen, whose older brother is Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies, had this to say about his training camp thus far:
"I've learned a lot about the game. Just getting coached by Thibs, a future Hall of Famer, it's amazing. Being teammates with Booz, Rip, Luol, players that have played in the league for 10-plus years. Just being around those guys, you get a feel for what you need to do to excel at this level. My brother's been around, Derrick's been around, so really just showing me what hard work can get you and being consistent with that."
Allen has only seen action in one preseason game, against his brother's Grizzlies, and still seems a long shot to make the regular season roster. He, like Tony, grew up close to the United Center, and then played at two junior colleges before finishing his scholastic career at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Teague, whose brother is Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague, has higher expectations thrust upon him by fans, especially in the absence of Derrick Rose, and has only played 25 minutes in five preseason games. Teague said that Rose has told him to be more aggressive in shooting the ball.