Month: January 2019

Chicago Bullseye 414 – Arguments Galore

This interview was recorded shortly after the Tuesday loss to the Nets. See Red Fred moderates a contentious conversation with Buzz @SMBuzzWeed & Keith Frantz @BullScripted on all things Beloved Bulls.

1:02 The Weather Is Awful
1:52 The Loss vs. the Nets & Jabari Parker
6:27 Negative Ramifications of the Handling of Parker
11:11 Who is taking Stan Van Gundy seriously?
13:00 Were the Bulls Trying to Tank Before the Holiday Trade?
22:00 Will Portis or Parker be traded?
27:00 The Math Doesn’t Add up for Boston
33:00 Front Office Competence Argument
43:10 Lonzo or Dunn
49:02 Who is the most talented Young Laker?
50:20 Potential Anthony Davis Trade
1:01 SoxFest

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Bulls Podcast #24

It’s the Chicago Bulls Podcast #24 and we’ve got Post Game Analysis for Bulls vs Heat, Anthony Davis wants out of New Orleans, but doesn’t want to be a Bull. A 2019 Draft Rookie Preview and a Look ahead to upcoming Chicago Bulls games. 
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Post Game Analysis for Bulls vs Heat
The Bulls and Miami Heat just went at it in Miami. The Bulls WON 105-89. Zach Lavine joined the ranks of the injured, sitting out the game with a mild ankle sprain. Not sure how long he will be out, but in this game, it wouldn’t make much difference. Jabari Parker didn’t even take his first shot attempt until the 4th quarter, playing limited minutes. Bobby Portis was on FIRE in the 4th quarter.
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Today we are on Episode #24, the Lauri Edition, Honoring his number, 24. How many other Bulls players that wore the #24 can you name?
The 2019 Draft Couldn’t Come Fast Enough – Who do We Like?
Marcus: Ja Morant (PG) Murray State
Anthony Davis wants out of New Orleans, but doesn’t want to be a Bull.
The big NBA news of this week (and in years) was that Anthony Davis has informed the New Orleans Pelicans that he won’t be signing an extension and has requested a trade.
Though Bulls fans would love the possibility of A.D. returning home to Chicago, it’s almost 100% unlikely to happen.

Chicago Bullseye 413 – Bulldog Kevin Anderson of NBC Sports Chicago

See Red Fred @cbefred interviews Bulls Twitter Luminary and Noted Capologist Kevin Anderson @Kevin_NBCs of NBC Sports Chicago.

0:00 Some Announcements about the Bullseye
2:45 Bullseye Intro from 2012
4:40 What are the primary issues with this team?
6:40 The Jabari Parker Benching Decision
9:30 The Future of Bobby Portis
14:15 Take on Salary for Picks or Sign Free Agents
18:45 Potential Free-Agent Targets for the Bulls
29:00 Ranking the Duke Prospects and Ja Morant
35:00 The Downside of Lottery Reform

Bulls Podcast #23

WCJ out of surgery and starting rehab, Jabari wants 25 mins a game, Melo is a BULL! But what will become of him? Plus the Latest Trade Rumors surrounding the Bulls and a look ahead to upcoming games this week.
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Wendell Carter Jr is out of surgery and ready to rehab
Carter underwent the season-ending surgery on Monday. He’ll be in a cast for 10 days and begin rehab on the thumb while wearing a splint. Though Carter never explicitly stated his rookie season is over, the Bulls have 11 weeks remaining in the regular season and will be in no rush to bring back their 19-year-old foundation piece.
Carter’s rookie season was typical but one that featured more good than bad. It took him just a few days to supplant Robin Lopez as the team’s starting center, a position he didn’t relinquish despite being one of the league’s youngest players. He averaged 10.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 25.2 minutes.
He played multiple roles in his 44-game rookie season, acting as a third scorer and at times an initiator in the high post while Lauri Markkanen and Kris Dunn were sidelined early in the season. As the Bulls regained their health Carter was able to focus more defensively and work around the rim.
Jim Boylen applauded Carter’s maturity in his rookie season and how he was able to bounce back from bad quarters by not letting it affect the rest of his game. His hard-nosed defensive principles certainly played to what Boylen looks for in a foundation, and Boylen was pleased with how Carter improved his shooting and decision making in the pain.
“I think he had a great learning curve in those 44 games and he’ll keep learning as he’s watching, things will make more sense to him now while he’s watching. And it’s not ideal but it is what it is.”
Carter will soak in as much as he can the rest of the season while he rehabs the thumb, and it’s Boylen’s hope that he’ll travel with and be around the team during the final weeks of the season.
Jabari is ready for 25 minutes a game
After missing the Atlanta game with a right patellar tendon strain, Jabari Parker says he expects to be available against the Clippers. He wants to play “good minutes.” “I’m a 20-25 minute guy,” Parker said. “10 minutes isn’t for me.”
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Chicago Bullseye 412 – West Coast Roast

See Red Fred @cbefred & Keith Frantz @BullScripted discuss a wide-variety of Bulls topics, including the disastrous West Coast trip, the Melo trade, and the no-win situation for the Beloved Bulls:

0:30 Intro and Addendum on the Melo Trade
5:49 Sign a 2nd Tier FA or Bring on Salary for a #1
End of part 1
Part 2 recorded after the end of the Bulls West Coast Trip:
10:50 West Coast Trip Overview
11:40 Parker Benching in Retrospect
15:30 Parker or Portis
18:28 Zach LaVine State of Mind
19:42 Is Kris Dunn Done?
21:30 Potential Free Agents Next Year
26:00 Top Prospects for the 2019 NBA Draft

Bulls Podcast #22

Bulls Podcast #22 with Marcus Couch and Wyse Black. Lopez and Dunn have words, Portis doubles down on his contract bet on himself, WCJ is injured. The latest Trade Rumors and a look ahead to upcoming games this week. Come TANK with us!
Welcome to the Bulls Podcast, coming to you from BullsPodcast.com. This is where we bring you the latest news, reviews, rants, rumors and opinions on the players, coaches and front office of the Chicago Bulls. With your hosts Marcus Couch and Wyse Black.
We’ve got a lot in store for you this episode. Including:

Robin Lopez and Kris Dunn have a verbal exchange at practice
Bobby Portis doubles down on his contract bet on himself
WCJ is injured with thumb and knee issues
Latest Trade Rumors surrounding the Bulls
Look ahead to upcoming games this week.

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Lopez vs Dunn in practice
It was reported that cent Bulls practice featured a brief altercation and shouting match between RoLo and Kris Dunn, with the two yelling at each other and Lopez being told to “cool off,” according to Teddy Greenstein at the Chicago Tribune. Lopez did not speak to media about the incident, but Dunn said they “just practiced hard.”
“We had a very, very competitive practice,” Jim Boylen said in an ESPN story by Malika Andrews. “I felt like we had some guys who are sick of not winning games.”
Boylen explained to reporters that there were no punches thrown and that everyone “treated each other with respect” when they came back. He also said that Lopez has been frustrated that he is seeing his minutes cut this season.
This is a very telling scenario, as RoLo is generally the most calm of the Bulls players. You can tell that things are getting to a boiling point with such a bad record combined with daily rumors that involve different trade scenarios.
Bobby Portis Doubles Down on the Bet on Himself
We’ve talked about how it may have been foolish for Portis not to take the offer the Bulls presented to him earlier in the year. How injuries this season may have cost him millions of dollars in the long term. However, Bobby seems to have no issues with it.
“Obviously I’ve had some injuries up to this point, but I still feel like everything is lined up. It’s about me just staying healthy now and me doing my thing. The wins and losses obviously come and go from game to game. You really can’t control that part all the time. We control our effort.
“But me, personally, I just need to stay healthy, be on the court, play as hard as I can when I can. With the minutes that coach Jim [Boylen] gives me, go out there and play with force. . . . I’m just focused on my team, turning this around, and going out there and having fun. Enjoy the ride the rest of the year.”
When talking about remaining a Bull, Bobby is pretty sure he wants to stay with Chicago.
“Obviously, I know that I really want to stay a Bull,” he said. “I can’t see myself in any other jersey. It would be weird to start the next season off in another uniform. I’ve been here for four seasons now — time flies fast — but I think I will be a Bull. . . . I’m the longest-tenured Bull and don’t want that to change.”
That he’s the longest-tenured Bull is shocking in itself.
“Yeah, that’s crazy,” he said with a laugh. “To be around this long . . . obviously ‘Bulls’ across my chest means a lot to me. I really take pride in that every time I step on the court. But at the same time, I feel like I’ve got a long way to go.”
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Chicago Bullseye 411 – The Talented Stephen Noh of the Athletic

See Red Fred @cbefred interviews Stephen Noh of the Athletic to discuss a variety of topics surrounding the Beloved Bulls.

1;00 Steph Noh Critique of See Red Fred’s Bulls Outsiders Performance
3:10 Biggest Problem with the Team
8:25 The Jabari Parker Benching
14:15 The Kris Dunn Conundrum
15:35 Bobby Portis
19:15 Other Big Issues with the Team
22:30 What If We Get Zion…
26:20 The Handling of Wendell Carter Jr.
29:30 The Backup Point Guard Position
30:50 Free Agent Potential Targets
33:25 Anthony Davis

Chicago Bullseye 410 – The Eminent Darnell Mayberry of the Athletic

See Red Fred @cbefred interviews the The Eminent Darnell Mayberry of the Athletic:

0:18 Feedback from the Article on the 2011 Team
2:30 Similarities Between 2008-ish Thunder and the current Bulls Team
3:45 What Current Bulls Players have Top-10 NBA Potential?
6:30 The Improvement of Harden
9:43 Who were the leaders on those early OKC teams? Who are the leaders on this Bulls team?
11:45 Has Boylen Hurt the Progress of WCJ?
14:20 Chandler Hutchison Review
18:00 Kevin Durant’s Impending Free Agency and the Possibility for Chicago
20:40 Will Durant Leave Golden State?
23:00 Will the Overwhelming Negativity hurt the Free Agency Effort?
25:40 The Jabari Parker Situation
31:20 The Fred Hoiberg Era
33:45 Does the Team Respect Jim Boylen?
36:00 Wind Sprints
38:40 LaVine’s Status in the League

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Bulls Podcast #21

Bulls Podcast 21 hosted by Marcus Couch and Wyse Black. Farewell to the Tank Commander – Cameron Payne, Bulls Trade for MCW, Memphis pulled the trade trigger too soon, Thibs is out in Minnesota, Bobby Portis is Back and a look ahead to upcoming games this week.
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We’d like to welcome all the new listeners to the show, perhaps you’ve been watching the Chicago Bears since the Summer and suddenly find yourself without a team. We are glad you came over to the Bulls side of sports and we promise you that you’ll not have to experience the agony of a last second playoff loss with the Bulls, or any playoffs for that matter!
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Cameron Payne is no longer a Chicago Bull.
Last Thursday the Bulls finally waived Cameron Payne, affectionately known on this show as “the Tank Commander”. He’s since been picked up by Cleveland on a 10 day contract. This may be his last shot at playing in the NBA. Payne scored 10 points in 22 minutes off the bench in his debut with the team on Tuesday.
Payne was traded to the Bulls from OKC along with Anthony Morrow and Joffrey Lauvergne, in exchange for Doug McDermott and Taj Gibson, who the Thunder thought would pair well with Carmelo Anthony to compete against Golden State. Obviously this trade didn’t work out well for either of the teams.
Payne was the 14th pick in the 2015 NBA draft and averages  5.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 144 games played. For the Bulls his best game was this season on October 24, 2018, Payne scored all of his career-high 21 points in the second half of the Bulls’ 112–110 win over the Charlotte Hornets, going 7 for 11 on 3-pointers.
This departure means that the Brazilian Marshmallow, Cristiano Felicio has been promoted to the new Chicago Bulls Tank Commander. We know he will serve us well in that capacity, just as we expect him to.
Bulls get Michael Carter-Williams from Houston and Immediately waive him.
The Houston Rockets agreed to trade guard Michael Carter-Williams and cash to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for a protected second-round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft on Monday.
In corresponding roster moves, Carter-Williams and MarShon Brooks were waived by the Bulls.
The Rockets made the deal to avoid Carter-Williams’ contract guarantee for the season. Houston would have had to guarantee the remaining money on his deal at 5 p.m. ET Monday.
Carter-Williams averaged 4.3 points and 1.3 assists in 16 games with the Rockets. He began the season as part of the rotation but has sat 13 of the past 14 games.
It’s highly unlikely the draft pick will convey since it is heavily protected, according to Wojnarowski. The deal was likely structured to be a straight cash dump on the Rockets’ part. The Bulls get cash considerations for taking on a cap hit while never actually paying out any money, while the Rockets avoid having Carter-Williams’ number added to their tax.
Memphis suffers a blow that makes them reconsider their recent trade of Wayne Selden.
Last week we broke the news that Justin Holiday was going to Memphis in a trade that brought Marshon Brooks and Wayne Selden to the Bulls. Since the trade, Holiday has gone 1 for 10 in a Grizzlies jersey, but more significant is the injury to Dillon Brooks who will now be out for the season. This would put Selden in the starting role for Memphis,

Bulls Podcast #20

The Chicago Bulls trade Justin Holiday to Memphis, a Recap of the last week’s games, Will a Bull be on the All-Star team? And a look ahead to the coming week’s Chicago Bulls games. Welcome to the Bulls Podcast, coming to you from BullsPodcast.com. This is where we bring you the latest news, reviews, rants, rumors and opinions on the players, coaches and front office of the Chicago Bulls.
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Bulls Trade Justin Holiday to Memphis for MarShon Brooks and Wayne Selden
The Bulls traded away Justin Holiday to the Memphis Grizzlies for two shooting guards, MarShon Brooks and Wayne Selden. Both players are on 1 year deals, so we aren’t stuck with them for any duration of time. We also get two 2nd round picks from Memphis, which is pretty much two G-League guys for the Windy City Bulls.
Holiday is currently operating on an expiring contract worth $4.38 million this season, whereas Brooks and Selden combine to make just north of $3 million total. While there could be some value in the future with a player like Selden, Chicago is likely targeting the picks as assets to build with moving forward and Holiday profiles as a potential two-way threat for a team in the Grizzlies angling for a playoff run.

MarShon Brooks is a 6′ 5″, 200 lbs shooting guard out of Providence. He’s 29 years old and a 4 year NBA vet. This season he’s averaged 6.6 PPG, 0.9 assists and 1.6 rebounds. He’s a career 8 PPG player.
Wayne Selden is a 6′ 5″, 230 lbs shooting guard out of Kansas. He’s 24 years old and a 2 year NBA veteran. This season he’s at 5.4 PPG, 1.1 assists, 1.4 rebounds and has a 7 point career average.
What kind of impact will these players have for the Bulls?
 
Should the Bulls be making any more trades?
With all the talk of taking on other team’s long-term bad deals, is it even worth considering trading guys on our team to take on the problems of others?
Marcus: I say we should just keep what we have left, get a fat bank account for next year and sign whoever we can in free agency. With Robin Lopez, Jabari Parker, Cam Payne, and Bobby Portis all with expiring deals, the only thing I would trade for at all would be first round draft picks. There are no players out there short of Klay Thompson or Anthony Davis that are worth picking up in a trade scenario.
 
Game Recaps:
This past week we had 3 games. One of them was a win, the Raptors game was close, and the Orlando game was a complete disaster.
Bulls vs Wizards: Bulls WIN 108-92
Wendell Carter Jr had 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
Bulls vs Raptors: Bulls LOST 95-89
Bulls vs Magic: Bulls LOST 112-84
The last 3 games was a good indicator of where the Chicago Bulls are as a collective unit.
While they haven’t had their core four (Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and Wendell Carter, Jr.) on the court together much this season, a deeper look into the numbers suggests it may not matter. The Bulls currently rank last in total points per game, 28th in free throws attempted, 27th in field goal percentage, and 25th in three-point field goal percentage.
They’re also attempting the second-fewest three-pointers in the league. The Bulls are also 27th in 2-point field goals attempted. So to recap, they’re not getting to the free throw line, they’re not shooting many three-pointers, nor are they shooting many two-pointers.
It looks like Jim Boylen wants to play more of a grind it out type of basketball. This worked well in the 1990s for the Pistons and Knicks,

The Big Red Bus #23 – Putting the Brakes On

Bulls Podcasting Legends See Red Fred @cbefred and Doug Thonus @Doug_Thonus take out the Big Red Bus for a ride to chat about the Beloved Bulls. Topics include:

The Slower Offense of the Boylen Era / Hoiberg to Boylen and Trading Parker 6:00 / The Bulls Need to Be Competitive 16:15-ish / Replication of the 2004 Bulls 19:10 / Will this Player Be on the Team to Start Training Camp in 2019 & Trading LaVine 27:00 / Lauri for Simmons? 35

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