Bears OTAs

Matt Eberflus calls off the 10th OTA for team-bonding activity at the United Center

The Bears played games at the United Center as part of their annual team bonding exercise.

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On Thursday, the Bears held their 10th OTA at the United Center, as opposed to Halas Hall.

But this wasn't their regular football practice. The players got to play six games -- trivia, shoot the puck, hot shot, knock out, free throws and three-point shooting -- between 10 teams for an active, fun competition.

Head coach Matt Eberflus spearheaded the idea, similar to last year. Last summer, the Bears skipped their OTA to visit Wrigley Field and partake in batting practice. This time, they took to the court to show off their basketball talents.

Eberflus mentioned the importance of using the time to focus on bonding as a team off the field, as opposed to vying for additional practice ahead of their full-fledged training camp.

"It's the 10th OTA," Eberflus told "We bypassed that to come to a team function and to me it's invaluable to do it. We've had great participation this offseason, and we made some big strides in the relationship category.

"Last year we went to Wrigley Field, and we loved the experience. This year I wanted to do a basketball format."

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