Tony Snell strong as Bulls top Clippers in Summer League
BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter July 12, 2014 10:42PM
Updated: July 13, 2014 2:28AM
LAS VEGAS — Just before the Bulls’ 86-70 Summer League victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night, coach Tom Thibodeau was asked to break down what he has seen from first-round pick Doug McDermott.
In typical Thibodeau fashion, it was vague at best.
‘‘He can shoot,’’ Thibodeau said.
OK, so there’s that.
But it wasn’t McDermott’s shooting that impressed in the victory — the forward was just 2-for-8 for 10 points.
It was all about 2013 first-round draft pick Tony Snell.
Snell, who has 10 pounds of added muscle and has put in some serious hours at the Berto Center this summer, nailed five three-pointers and scored 27 points on 10-for-14 shooting.
‘‘The hard work I put in this summer was the difference,’’ Snell declared. ‘‘It’s definitely about self-confidence. If you’re not confident out there, you shouldn’t be playing.’’
McDermott was tested by that philosophy, admittedly nervous and caught off guard by the speed and physicality of his first game. Now add the fact that he practiced with Derrick Rose on his team all last week at the Berto Center, only to find out Saturday that center Pau Gasol was joining the Bulls. That’s quite a seven-day whirlwind for an NBA rookie.
‘‘I’m not used to this situation, all my buddies texting me, ‘I heard Pau is your new teammate,’ ’’ McDermott said. ‘‘I’m not used to this yet.
‘‘[Gasol] is huge for everyone. He’s so unselfish, 7 feet and can really pass the ball. It can only help a guy like me.’’