Chicago Bullseye 407 – Game 1 for Coach Boylen

See Red Fred @cbefred moderates a discussion with Keith Frantz @bullscripted and Brad Squires aka Buzz @SMBuzzWeed regarding Game 1 for Coach Boylen and the end of the Hoiberg era.

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Chicago Bullseye 406 – Pessimistic Optimism for the Red Leviathan

Part 1: See Red Fred chats with Kap & Company about the budding Leviathan on ESPN 1000.

Part 2: See Red Fred @cbefred & Keith Frantz @bullscripted discuss the budding Leviathan. The Budding Leviathan / Schedule Analysis / The Ramifications of Lauri’s Return / The Parker Resurgence / Boston’s Problems

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The Big Red Bus #22 – Our Tires Are Missing Part 2

Part 2: Bulls Podcasting Legends See Red Fred @cbefred and Doug Thonus @doug_thonus take the Big Red Bus out for a ride after several disastrous losses to the Raptors and Bucks. This show was recorded before the win against the Suns.

Topics Include:
Jimmy Butler
The Warriors
Releasing Parker?
Parker Trade Destinations
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The Big Red Bus #22 – Our Tires Are Missing Part 1

Bulls Podcasting Legends See Red Fred @cbefred and Doug Thonus @doug_thonus take the Big Red Bus out for a ride after several disastrous losses to the Raptors and Bucks. This show was recorded before the win against the Suns.

Topics Include:
2:25 The Bulls Depth
5:30 Fred Hoiberg’s Offense
7:45 RPM Evisceration from Doug Thonus
16 What’s Up with LaVine?
23 A John Wall Trade
29 Jimmy Butler
35 The Warriors
39 Releasing Parker?
41:30 Parker Trade Destinations

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Chicago Bullseye 405 – Interview with Marcus Couch Host Marcus Couch joins the Bullseye to chat with See Red Fred on a variety of topics:

Current State of the Team / Ryan Arcidiacono Debate / Dunn Debate /
Blakeney Debate / Portis Contract Dollars / Trade or Release or Parker / The Three Duke Kids /

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Chicago Bullseye 404 – Boston Massacre and NBA Talk

See Red Fred, Keith Frantz, and Basketball Historian Tim Gallagher join the Bullseye to discuss a variety of topics, including:

The Boston Massacre * Zach LaVine is Struggling * To Tank or Not To Tank * Will Coach Fred Be Let Go? * Wendell Carter Jr. Steps Up as a Player & Leader * The Jimmy Butler Trade * The Failure on the Process * To Fultz or not to Fultz * The Golden State Durant-Green Drama * Why Not Chicago for Durant? *

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Chicago Bullseye 403 – Knicked Up!

Bulls Podcasting Legends See Red Fred @cbefred and Keith Frantz @BullScripted discuss the Bulls win in New York against the Knicks. Many topics are broached, including:

• Zach Lavine
• Next season, will the Bulls be better than….
• Wendell Carter Jr.
• Big debate on Valentine vs. Holiday
• Is Parker the Worst Player on the Team?
• Is Holiday Tradeable?

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The Big Red Bus #21 – Driving Home from the Garden Party

The Big Red Bus #21 – Driving Home from the Garden Party
Bulls Podcasting Legends See Red Fred @cbefred and Doug Thonus @doug_thonus take the Big Red Bus out for a ride after the Bulls win in New York against the Knicks. Doug is almost kicked off the Bus with an argument for Holiday and negative Valentine talk. Many topics are broached on the Bus, including:

• Where would the Bulls be if they were fully healthy?
• Will 38 wins be enough for the 8th seed?
• Let’s debate Ryan ArchIMaybeInTheNBA vs. Cam Payne
• Wendell Carter Jr.
• Big debate on Valentine vs. Holiday
• Antonio Blakeney
• What Players are Part of the Future?
• Rose Scores 50 & Jimmy Butler

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Chicago Bullseye 402 – Buzzing About the Denver Game

See Red Fred @cbefred and special guest @SMBuzzWeed discuss:

Improvements in the Denver Game
Wendell Carter Jr.
What Happens When the Injured Come Back
Derrick Rose Score 50

2 Big Pieces of News: As a celebration of our 400th & Beyond set of shows, we’re going to have a limited edition set of t-shirts available. If you are interested, please either email me at and/or Direct Message Fred on twitter at @cbefred. (Search for See Red Fred). If you decide to buy one, it will be greatly appreciated, and it will go into upgrading the show. One other bit of news, See Red Fred will be on Bulls Outsiders on January 12, 2019, after the Utah game. NBC Sports Chicago. So please check that out. It will be Fred’s national television debut. Special guest: Brad Squires, aka Buzz from the Outcasts Podcast.

Chicago Bullseye 401 – Jars of Klay Filled with Baskets

See Red Fred @cbefred and Keith Frantz @bullscripted search through the wreckage of Monday’s loss to the Warriors.

The measure of a man is determined by his actions in times of trouble. Well, these are times of trouble.

1. We’re missing our best player (Lauri)
2. Our best defender (Green)
3. Our best 3-point shooter (Valentine)
4. Our 6th Man (Portis)

If Golden State was missing 4 of their top 7, they wouldn’t be playing well either.

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Chicago Bullseye 400 – Interview w/ The Venerable Kevin Anderson

The distinguished Kevin Anderson joins the Bullseye to discuss the dilapidated state of the Beloved Bulls. This episode was recorded shortly after the news of the Portis injury.
1:00 The Chosen One Part 1: Ricky O’Donnell @SBN_Ricky
3:15 The Chosen One Part 2: Zach LaVine @ZachLaVine
7:11 Who Won the Butler Trade?
11:40 Are the Bulls a Playoff Caliber Team in 4-6 weeks?
18:30 The Hutchison & Carter Jr. Future
21:30 Jabari Parker
26:00 Cap Breakdown
33:20 The Answer at the Three
35:15 Tolerating Payne
37:26 What order do you recommend viewing the Star Wars Films?
45:00 The Last Jedi Debate
54:43 Bulls Outsiders
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The Big Red Bus # 20 – Flat Tires Galore

See Red Fred @cbefred and the Great One Doug Thonus @doug_thonus discuss the Bulls first 3 games. Recorded shortly after the 3rd loss in Dallas, Fred and Doug discuss the young season.

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Chicago Bullseye 399 – The Ricky O’Donnell Interview

See Red Fred interviews the See Red Friedrich Nietzsche of Bulls Twitter, Ricky O’Donnell @SBN_Ricky.

Topics Include:
The Ricky O’Donnell Bulls History / The Dunn Injury / Chandler Hutchison / Trading Niko / The Jabari Parker Experiment / The Butler Trade / The 2019 Prospects

Sitting on a Parker Bench

Sitting on a Parker Bench by See Red Fred @cbefred

The Fred Hoiberg decision to bench Jabari Parker for Bobby Portis was declared a victory after one preseason game. The Bulls dominated Indiana, primarily due to Holiday actually showing a pulse, although WCJ’s start brought a massive upgrade to the Center position, and Portis played well. The Denver game was not dissected to the same degree, probably because it countered the Bulls Twitter narrative of Fred’s brilliant decision. Denver dominated our starters (only WCJ posted a positive +-), Portis was consistently exposed by Milsap, and Bobby produced a team low plus minus of -19 in 18 minutes.

I’ve noticed a strange tendency for Bulls fans to overanalyze and overemphasize the preseason since Thibs won several preseason titles. I’ve never been a fan of Niko Mirotic, but I felt obliged to defend him a few years ago after he was savagely criticized for an atrocious preseason. Using cutting edge techniques in common sense, I adroitly defended Niko by pointing out it was preseason. Coaches experiment with lineups & roles that take time to learn. That process is exceptionally difficult for new players to a team (Parker) and rookies (Hutchison). And so it has been with Parker. Bulls Twitter has been exceptionally harsh on Jabari considering he played well in 2 of the 5 preseason games. (He led the team in +- in the first and last preseason games and he put up some fine all-around numbers in Game 1) )

It’s human nature to desire affirmation of one’s opinions, and Jabari‘s poor play in 3 preseason games provided a fascinating display of human nature, with multiple assertions that the signing of a proven 23-year old scorer with uber-offensive skills was uber-foolish. Critics found red meat to justify their original objections to the signing. I’m less guilty of that sin but nonetheless guilty (I have occasionally overestimated the ceiling for Valentine, although the jury is still out). So let us analyze the situation with some facts:

1. Jabari was benched after three unusually bad shooting games. (5-14 vs NOP, 1-12 vs MIL & 3-11 vs CHA) In 4 seasons, Parker has posted FG percentages of 49, 49.3, 49, 48.2. He has been remarkably consistent with his shot. I believe his poor shooting was the primary impetus for sending him to the bench, although the strong play of Portis clearly was a factor. Regardless, Hoiberg employed the same tactic with Niko in the 2016-17 season and Zipsuck last year, but both had a much larger sample size. It was a move of panic and desperation due to the discouraging nature of the losses (the Bulls were thoroughly dominated by MIL and CHA), when I felt the wretched play of Holiday and Lopez was the far greater problem. Regardless, Parker’s solid performance vs Denver (game high 19 points in 31 min and a team high +13) is being used as proof that Fred’s decision was correct when in fact, it was just Jabari’s progression to the mean.
2. Although neither player will ever achieve greatness on the defensive end, Parker is the superior defender at the 4 to Portis. Despite the 2 ACL injuries, Jabari maintains a considerable advantage in athletic ability. I love Portis on the offensive end, but he’s always been an awful defender. I saw more solid defense in one playoff series (2018 Mil-Celtics) from Parker than I did from Portis in his entire career. Even my nemesis and rabid Parker Hater @mkhoops was forced to acknowledge solid Parker defense at the PF position: Lost in the joy of Fred’s decision was the awful defense from Portis in the Denver game, reflected in his team low +- of -19. I actually feel Parker is slightly above average defensively at the 4, & most of his defensive problems occur against specific small forward matchups. I’ll address this in a future article.
3. Parker is the superior 3 point shooter. In 3 seasons, Portis has never hit the 36.5% and 38.3% percentages Parker posted in his last 2 seasons. This skill is imperative for the Bulls to succeed. Portis has looked best in the post this preseason. It’s a great skill for the second unit, but for LaVine and Dunn to be at their best (attacking the hoop), we need the opponent’s 4 pulled away from the rim. Jabari’s presence will accomplish this, but Portis won’t. As an aside, Bobby shot a disappointing 5-19 from 3 in the preseason (26%).
4. Parker is a far better passer than Portis. In 5 preseason games, Portis delivered 4 assists. Jabari had 4 assists in the Denver game alone, 13 overall in the preseason. Passing is the most underrated part of Parker’s game. In a starting lineup w/ LaVine as the primary scorer and Holiday as the primary chucker, why would you prefer to add a “shoot first” player like Portis with no ability to facilitate?
5. Portis has already embraced the role of 6th Man. “I like the (sixth-man) role,” Portis said. “I get to come off the bench and score a lot. Who doesn’t like to score the ball? That’s a fun gig. Coach has trust in me to shoot the shots I want to shoot. It’s a fun gig to have.” From the Mike McGraw article referenced above. Parker clearly prefers to start. Fred has created a controversy this team didn’t need. I was 100% in favor of starting WCJ over Lopez. Lopez was a trainwreck all preseason, providing little benefit on either end of the court, despite being intimately familiar with the offense and most of his teammates. Expecting Parker to be comfortable w/ a new set of teammates and a new offense is absurd.

I met John Paxson before Friday’s Denver game, and asked him “What it your decision to bench Jabari or Fred’s decision?” He said without hesitation, that it was Fred’s, and that he supported it. He did feel Parker was trying to do too much, and that he would play better. I agree with his latter points, but I disagree with the benching. For the optimal performance of this team, Portis is suited as the scoring force with the 2nd unit. I know Parker is talented enough to succeed in any role. For the good of team, I hope Fred rectifies this decision soon, but I have no faith that he will.

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Bulls Add Tyler Ulis

The NBA preseason has finished and teams are finalizing their rosters before the beginning of the regular season.

For the Bulls, that meant claiming Tyler Ulis off waivers and signing him to a two-way contract.

Ulis, a product of Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, was waived by the Warriors on Friday. He spent two years at Kentucky before getting drafted in the second round by the Phoenix Suns in 2016.

In two years with the Suns, Ulis made 58 starts and played in 132 games. He averaged just over 7 points per game in both seasons. Last season, Ulis also averaged 4.4 assists per game against 1.8 turnovers in 23.4 minutes per game.

The Suns waived Ulis after the season and the Warriors signed him for the preseason. He averaged 3 points and 1.5 assists per game in four preseason games with the Warriors.

The two-way contract means Ulis could be spending more time with the Windy City Bulls than at the United Center on game days, but backup point guard is a question mark for the Bulls. Cam Payne looks like he will get first crack at the role behind Kris Dunn with Denzel Valentine injured. Ryan Arcidiacono just made the team and could also figure into point guard minutes.

CBE – Knights of the Roundball Table #1

This is the initial gathering of See Red Fred and the Knights of the Roundball Table.  The Knights present are:

  1. Keith @BullScripted
  2. Marcus Couch @marcuscouch
  3. Wyse @radical_creator
  4. Brad aka Buzz @SMBuzzWeed, part of @SMOutcasts

Topics of Discussion include:

  • 2 Best Players during the first 3 preseason games
  • The deadline for Bulls and Bobby Portis to come to an agreement is October 15th.  If both sides fail to come to an agreement by October 15th, then Bobby will become a restricted free agent.  Should we sign Bobby Portis before October 15th?
  • Does Bobby Portis have a legit shot at 6th Man of the Year?
  • What 2 Bulls have disappointed you the most in these first 3 games?
  • Will Fred Hoiberg be our coach next year?
  • What is your prediction for total wins?  If we fall below that, should Fred lose his job?
  • Revisiting the Three Alphas
  • Which Bulls player most deserves to have his number retired?
  1. Derrick Rose
  2. Kirk Hinrich
  3. Norm Van Lier
  4. None of the Above

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Chicago Bullseye 398 – Preseason Games 1 and 2 Review

See Red Fred @cbefred & Keith Frantz @bullscripted review preseason games 1 & 2.

Holiday vs Valentine / Positives and Negatives of Preseason Games 1 & 2 / Should WCJ be starting? / Chandler Hutchison 

Let’s assume that Parker puts up some nice numbers at the 4.  (If he stays healthy, history shows, that will happen).  Let’s also assume Lauri hits the ground running in mid-late Nov.  If Lauri-Parker can’t find cohesion in the first 6-8 weeks they are together, do you feel the Bulls will look to trade Parker?  Won’t Parker be a valuable trade piece if he puts up his career number of 15 PPG?  He could be a key piece for a title contender, or a young quasi-star for an org who won’t be attracting any via Free agency stars (i.e. Orlando-Sacramento)   Would the Bulls try to move him if he can’t play primarily at the 3?

 The Potential Return of Derrick Rose

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Chicago Bullseye Special Report: The Lauri Elbow Injury

See Red Fred @cbefred & Keith Frantz @BullScripted discuss the ramifications of the Lauri Elbow Injury.

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The Big Red Bus #19 – The Legendary Stephen Noh Rides the Bus

Legendary NBA analyst and contributor for the Athletic Stephen Noh @StephNoh joins See Red Fred @cbefred & Doug Thonus @doug_thonus for a ride on the Big Red Bus.  A myriad of Bulls topics are broached, including:

  • The Future of Bobby Portis
  • The Future of Fred Hoiberg
  • Who Plays if a Starter is Injured?
  • Nwaba Talk
  • Who Will Be the Best Teams in The East in the next few years?

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The Big Red Bus #18 – BullsHQ Mark Rides the Bus Again

Bulls Podcasting Legends See Red Fred @cbefred and Doug Thonus @doug_thonus take the Big Red Bus out for a ride with BullsHQ Founder and Australian minor-celebrity Mark Karantzoulis @mkhoops.  Recorded on Sunday, September 16th, before all the See Red Fred prophet status and predictions were realized about Thibs and Butler.  Many topics are broached on the bus, including:

  1. Is the point of the upcoming season in developing all of the players/assets, or winning as many games as possible (i.e. cutting back on Jabari or Lavine’s minutes if they are losing ballgames)? Are those two things mutually exclusive? – @danoconnell
  2. It’s been a awhile since a team has won a title w/ their 2 best players at the 4 & 5 (Duncan-Robinson Spurs). Can the Bulls win a title if Lauri-WCJ become their 2 best players?
  3. Do you agree that this season it’s most important that we develop our players to the level we make the play off so that we have tangible assets we can either trade for AD at the end of the year or show him we have a young core he can join as a free agent and compete for a title?
  4. Does adding Klay Thompson to the 2019-20 Bulls a Title Contender? Kawhi Leonard?
  5. Do you have concerns that the Bulls are the Suns of 2013-14?
  6. What team is likely to beat out the Bulls for the #7 seed….the Pistons, Heat, Hornets, or Cavs?
  7. What will Thibs do about the impending disaster in Minn? What should Thibs do?
  8. Official Win Total Predictions

The Big Red Bus #17 – Under Pressure

See Red Fred @cbefred & the Great Doug Thonus @doug_thonus discuss a variety of topics as we approach training camp:

What Bull will have the Most Pressure?

What move has the biggest risk:

  • Drafting Dennis Smith Jr.?
  • Signing Parker?
  • Signing Zach LaVine

What should the Bulls have done in the summer of 2016?

Who are the Top 10 NBA Players in the NBA?

How many wins will it take for Fred to keep his job?



Chicago Bullseye 397 Part 2 – What Bull Will Have The Most Pressure?

See Red Fred @cbefred and Basketball Historian Tim Gallagher answer the question,  “What Bull will have the Most Pressure?”

Bulls Over-Under Win Total / Tim’s 1-8 Eastern Conference Teams / Are 40 Wins Realistic? / NBA Over-Unders / NBA Legends who Have Passed Away this Summer

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Chicago Bullseye 397 Part 1 – Post-Locked On Bulls Questions

See Red Fred @cbefred answers email-twitter questions regarding his visit w/ the Locked On Bulls podcast.  Keith Frantz @BullScripted provides his commentary and insight to most of the queries.   Some questions include:

  • Is SRF guilty of overrating Bulls players?
  • Can the Bulls win 40?
  • What are your issues with Advanced Analytics?
  • Do you feel less-more teams will be tanking?
  • Please explain the 2012 Rose minutes issue that Matt Peck did not want to discuss?

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Chicago Bullseye 396 – Interview w/ Darnell Mayberry of the Athletic

Chicago Bullseye 396 –  Interview w/ Darnell Mayberry of the Athletic

See Red Fred @cbefred interviews legendary Athletic Bulls Beat writer Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry.   He provides details on path to covering sports & the Beloved Bulls.  He discusses his time covering the Thunder, his current job covering the Bulls, and the differences between both organizations.   We also discuss the “cloud of pessimism” in our fan base, and the reasons behind it.  The Parker Trade is also explored in detail. Darnell also gives his favorite and least favorite athletes to cover.

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The Big Red Bus #16 – The Jabari Parker Signing

See Red Fred @cbefred & Doug Thonus @doug_thonus take out the Big Red Bus for a drive.  They discuss the Parker signing, the cap ramifications, the Nets-Denver trade, and the Oklahoma City-Atlanta trade.

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Chicago Bullseye 395 – Tim Gallagher’s Summer League Report

See Red Fred @cbefred moderates a discussion w/ Tim Gallagher on his experiences at the Las Vegas Summer League, w/ a review of the Bulls and the most impressive players he saw.  An appended segment also includes his thoughts on the Kawhi Spurs-Toronto trade.

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Chicago Bullseye 394 – The Jabari Parker Debate

See Red Fred @cbefred and Keith Frantz @bullscripted debate the pros and cons of the Jabari Parker signing.

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The Big Red Bus #15 – The Zach LaVine Contract & the Wendell Carter Jr Show

See Red Fred @cbefred & Doug Thonus @doug_thonus take the Big Red Bus out for a wide-ranging discussion.  Topics include:

The Zach LaVine Contract * LaVine Recruiting * Bulls Cap Situation Going Forward * The Expiring Robin Lopez Contract * The Bulls Free Agent History * The Bulls Inaction in Free Agency * The 2011-12 Team Title Chances * Boogie Cousins * Wendell Carter Jr. & Chandler Hutchison * Doug Makes a Jerian Grant / Kirk Hinrich Comparison

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The Big Red Bus #14 – The Draft Review

See Red Fred @cbefred and the great one Doug Thonus @Doug_Thonus review the draft, the trades, and the “Promise” Controversy.

Review of the Draft Party at the Thonus Manor * Wendell Carter Jr’s Ceiling * The Unique Aspects of the Bulls Roster * The Promise Controversy * Character vs. Talent * The Hawks – Dallas Trade * Sixers – Suns Trade

Chicago Bullseye 393 – Twas the Night Before the Draft

Basketball Historian Tim Gallagher and @BullScripted Keith Frantz join the Bullseye to discuss the draft rumors and provide their top 7.   See Red Fred moderates.

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