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Bulls' Bogans has a history with Boozer, Thibodeau
By Mike McGraw | Daily Herald Staff

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, and San Antonio Spurs guard Keith Bogans fight for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles April 4.

 

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Published: 8/12/2010 12:00 AM

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Veteran guard Keith Bogans, who officially signed with the Bulls on Wednesday, is heading to his new team with some personal history on his side.

During his high school years, Bogans played with Carlos Boozer at a basketball tournament in Germany.

"I've known Boozer since we were 13, 14 years old," Bogans said in a phone interview. "I know his mom, dad, his whole family.

"He's going to be great here. He's a great guy, on and off the court. He works extremely hard and wants to win. I think he's going to put that into all the young guys' heads. All of us will be able to feed off that."

The 6-foot-5 Bogans also spent part of the 2005-06 season playing in Houston, where new Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau worked as an assistant to Jeff Van Gundy, and offered a scouting report on his new boss.

"He's not a huge talker or one that's going to show a lot of emotion on the sideline," Bogans said. "He's going to preach hard work every day in practice and in games. He's a tough guy. He's going to want to go out and kick somebody's butt every night. That's what I've been telling people. That was his mentality in Houston, so I'm sure it's the same."

Bogans, 30, played for five teams in his first seven NBA seasons. He's never been a big scorer, but defense is a strength and he'll knock down 3-point shots once in a while.

"I'm pretty sure I'll be looked upon to bring energy on the court and defense, guard the best offensive player when I am in the game," he said.

Bogans said he had some options with other teams, such as New Orleans, but he and his agent targeted the Bulls as his preferred destination when the summer began. He spent last season with San Antonio, averaging 4.4 points per game.

The Bulls turned down a chance to sign seven-time all-star Tracy McGrady, who is coming off microfracture knee surgery, to go with Bogans.

"I'm an older guy now, so to come in here and play with a group of young guys like they have here, it's going to be real exciting," he said. "It's going to be fun to be a part of and fun to watch."

Hinrich returns in preseason: The Bulls announced the preseason schedule on Wednesday. The highlight is an early return by ex-Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich, who was traded to Washington to free extra cap space this summer.

The Wizards will be the opponent in the Bulls' first preseason home game on Friday, Oct. 8. Washington also visits Chicago early in the regular season on Nov. 13.

The opening preseason contest is at Milwaukee on Tuesday, Oct. 5. The rest of the slate features home dates against Toronto on Oct. 12, Dallas on Oct. 15 and Indiana on Oct. 22. The other road games are in Dallas on Oct. 7, Orlando on Oct. 16 and Toronto on Oct. 20.