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Thibodeau high on Jimmer Fredette’s three-point potential

Updated: April 5, 2014 6:28AM

NEW YORK — Jimmer Fredette doesn’t come to the Bulls with the most stellar defensive reputation.

But that has never stopped defense-obsessed coach Tom Thibodeau from welcoming a player to the team. If there’s one thing he admires other than defense, it’s shooting.

“He has the one skill that he can do as well as anyone in the league and that’s shoot the three,” Thibodeau said. “So we’re going to build from there and we’re going to try and help him develop an understanding of what we’re trying to do defensively.”

Attack mode

Former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy is known to bring levity to a broadcast by cracking jokes and ABC teed it up for him during the Bulls’ ­victory over the Knicks on Sunday at the United Center.

During the telecast, Derrick Rose was shown a handful of times playing with son P.J.

That prompted Van Gundy, a color analyst, to make this joke: “I hope he has better knees than his dad.”

Attack mode

Guard Jimmy Butler appears to have improved nearly every aspect of his offensive game. His assertiveness, in particular, has paid dividends.

Butler had 14 free-throw attempts in Sunday’s victory and scored 19 points. Over the two games heading into Monday’s game at Brooklyn, Butler has been to the line 25 times.

“He’s been in an attack mode and he’s doing it a lot of different ways — transition, he’s been great in the pick-and-roll, he’s mixing in some post-ups,” Thibodeau said.

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