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Upbeat Kris Dunn eager to return to Bulls

K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune on

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Dunn will wear a mouthpiece upon his return and said he won't make a decision on whether to play in the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star weekend until how he sees the next few days develop. The former high school football star suffered his first concussion in the 2016 NBA summer league with the Timberwolves.

"I knew what to expect, a lot of headaches," Dunn said. "You're going to feel fog some days, low energy, fatigue. I never slept so much. In the daytime, you'll just go to sleep out of nowhere. And then at night, you'll be up all night. It was tough to get through. I'm just happy to be back."

Just as when he suffered a gruesome open dislocation of his left index finger that sidelined him for this season's first four games, Dunn vowed not to change his aggressive approach.

"I'm going to go dunk it for sure," he said. "You can't be scared when things like this happen. You just have to keep doing what you do. But it's tough.

"I tell people all the time that I got hurt more in basketball than I did in football. It's kind of weird to me. All of them have been freak accidents. So I'm not too worried about it. If they were all minor injuries, then I'd have to look at my body. But they've all been freak accidents. You just have to get through it."

And Hoiberg is happy that Dunn almost has.

 

"He's a ways away," Hoiberg said. "He hasn't done anything for three weeks. His inactivity will prevent him from playing anytime soon. But the important thing is he was able to do some non-contact drills. It's great to see him."

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