Bulls’ Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso are all about the art of chaos

The Ball brothers didn’t have much of a choice.

As Lonzo explained it, dad, LaVar, often had them playing up, so more times than not they were on the basketball court with bigger, stronger kids.

If they wanted the ball in those youth leagues they had to take it.

That’s where Lonzo Ball started working on his craft. When taller players pull down a rebound, position yourself underneath them as they bring the ball down, and slap up. Against players his size, use the long wingspan to tap at the ball, but always play with hands out.

Alex Caruso’s journey was a bit simpler.

Just be an irritant, by all means necessary.

Both have become artists at deflection and disruption, and they just might be painting their “Starry Night’’ now playing for the Bulls.

Or maybe for the opposition it looks more like Edward Munch’s “The Scream.’’

“Hell yeah, it disrupts the rhythm of it, even if they’re not getting steals,’’ All-Star guard Zach LaVine said, when discussing what Ball and Caruso do to another team’s offensive possession.

And that’s the goal.

Get hands on the ball as often as possible on the defensive end. If it leads to a steal like many did in the 97-82 win over the Pistons on Saturday? Great. The Bulls finished with 13 in that win, with Ball and Caruso combining for eight of them.

But causing chaos in those 24 seconds the opposition…

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