CHICAGO (670 The Score) – Bulls guard Alex Caruso had only scored five points as a member of his new team when the home crowd began its campaign for a lofty honor.
In his first regular-season game at the United Center as a member of the Bulls, Caruso was serenaded with an “MVP” chant while shooting a free throw in the second quarter of Chicago’s eventual 128-112 win against New Orleans on Friday. The chant came after Caruso had finished a nifty layup in transition and was fouled as the Bulls took a 17-point lead.
Afterward, everyone got a good chuckle out of the scene. Caruso joined the Bulls on a four-year contract in the offseason and is the team's sixth man. He had nine points and three assists Friday after scoring three points in the season opener Wednesday.
“I’m more than fine with that,” said star guard Zach LaVine, who also received MVP chants himself later in the game. “They did it with a couple of us. I don’t know who was getting the MVP chants, but it was a couple of us. But Caruso is a fan favorite, man, with the headband and everything. We love him too.”
Friday marked the first time the Bulls hosted a regular-season game with the United Center open to full capacity since March 10, 2020, after which the pandemic hit the country in full force and the NBA suspended its season.
“It’s great to have the fans back,” LaVine said after the Bulls improved to 2-0. “Playing in front of a packed house at the UC, it’s something that we haven’t had in a long time. I think the city, there’s a different energy around the team right now. We’re coming out, and we really appreciate it. It’s fun to go there in front of the fans and put on a show.”
Cody Westerlund is a sports editor for 670TheScore.com and covers the Bulls. Follow him on Twitter @CodyWesterlund.