The 2006 Chicago Bulls are not designed for fast-paced, end-to-end action. Now their home court won’t be, either.

“This team is built around slowing things down,” said coach Scott Skiles. “We figure our offense is going to produce 60, maybe 70 points a game. With thick grass underfoot and [newly acquired center] Ben Wallace in the lane, we think we can consistently keep opponents under 60.”

Skiles also believes the natural surface will make it more difficult for players to dribble.

“I’d like to see Allen Iverson’s crossover on this stuff,” said Skiles, bending down to pluck a few blades of grass. “In fact, we need to let this grow out a few more inches.”

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