Central Notes: Grant, Irving, Ennis

The Bulls have officially announced that Horace Grant has been named special advisor to team president and chief operating officer Michael Reinsdorf. “Horace is an incredible ambassador for the game of basketball. His ability to engage an audience, whether he is in a boardroom or a community center, will be invaluable to me and everyone at the Bulls as we continuously look for ways to grow our relationships with fans, corporate partners, and civic groups,” said Reinsdorf. “Every time we are together, he always has fantastic stories about his days with the Bulls, but he is also eager to share about his life today with his family and his travels with the NBA. Horace will bring a terrific energy to his role at the Bulls.

Here’s more from the Central Division:

  • Kyrie Irving isn’t backing down from his proclamation that the Cavaliers are the team to beat in the NBA this season, despite the fact that the Warriors are the defending champions and have a shot to set the single-season mark for victories, Chris Fedor of The Northeast Ohio Media Group relays. “I mean, I feel that way and I was just being honest about it,” Irving said. “We all should feel that way as well, no matter if we’re going up and down. We still have the talent and we still have the belief. Whether we show it on a consistent basis, we know internally what we have and what we’re capable of when clicking on all cylinders. May not be perfect, may not be the prototypical team that everyone else sees, but I believe in these guys. I will go to war with these guys any day.
  • Bucks point guard Tyler Ennis has seen increased action recently and the second-year player has used those minutes to impress the coaching staff, writes Charles F. Gardner of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “He’s definitely putting himself in a better position,” coach Jason Kidd said of Ennis. “Taking advantage of the time on the floor. A lot of guys will say, ‘Can I get a chance?’ And when you do, some of them don’t respond. So now he’s responded. He’s worked on his game all year — the three, the floater. And we know he can pass the ball. He never gets rattled and is not afraid of taking a big shot.
  • Lorenzo Brown‘s second 10-day deal with the Pistons is set to expire this evening and the team is still undecided as to whether or not it will ink him for the remainder of the campaign, Rod Beard of The Detroit News notes (Twitter link).
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