The Bulls Podcast

Hosted ByMarcus Couch and Wyse Black

The latest news, reviews, rants, rumors and opinions on the players, coaches and front office of the Chicago Bulls. By fans, for fans! Check out the Bulls Podcast site at BullsPodcast.com, or @bullspodcast on social.


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Bulls Beat #398 – Draft Recap and FA preview

I break down Coby White, Daniel Gafford, free agent prospects and give you the trade proposal that you’ll hate and stop listening to forever after you hear.  

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Bulls Podcast #18

We’ve got a lot in store for you this episode. Including Post-Game Analysis of Bulls vs Brooklyn Nets, The Boylen Era is not looking great so far – We give our predictions for the rest of the season, Injury Updates – Zach out 2-4 Weeks. How will this impact the team going forward? and Jabari is on the trading block – Who else can we deal out? 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.
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Post Game Wrap-up on the Bulls Vs Brooklyn Nets

The Chicago Bulls LOST to the Brooklyn Nets – 96 to 93. With over 25 lead changes, this was a back and forth game with a lot of heart shown by Kris Dunn and the insurgence of Shaq Harrison, who showed a ton of hustle. Wendell Carter Jr displayed a preview of his future role as a star with several blocks and monstrous dunks. At about 2 minutes left in the 4th, we could see Bobby Portis limping into the locker room. Hopefully for Bobby’s sake, this is just a turned ankle and not anything to do with his previously injured knee. The game ended with a controversial call on Kris Dunn combined with some sloppy ball handling leading to a turnover that helped the Nets pull out the win, sealed by 2 free throws from former Bull Spencer Dinwiddie.
Bulls Injury Updates:
As we alluded to before, Zach Lavine will be out for another 2-4 weeks after he sprained his ankle vs Orlando while the Bulls were in Mexico City.  With Zach Lavine out of the lineup, it’s up to the rest of the guys to step up and take charge. Luckily no one else on the club is hurt, with the exception of Denzel Valentine, who is recovering from his own ankle injury and surgery.
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STATE OF THE BULLS
It’s been a few weeks since we were able to get together to do a show, and what a few weeks it’s been! Fred Hoiberg is out and Asst. Coach Jim Boylen has assumed the reins of head coaching duty.
We all know about the drama that ensued since Boylen has assumed control and it showed a lot about this Bulls team and just how SOFT they really are. I know they are professionals, but trying to boycott practice and declare a mutiny is not a good showing in a city like Chicago that is filled with HARD WORKING people that are known for their perseverance and toughness. This is the kind of stunt that we’ve never seen in Chicago at this scale and it’s time to take a long hard look at this roster to see what we can do to get some winners to play for the Bulls. If you’re going to have the worst team in the league, don’t complain about how hard you work. Don’t proclaim how entitled you are as a player when you can’t even win but 25% of your games. I get that some guys were injured, but that’s absolutely no excuse for how the players are acting.
While it’s probably true that Fred Hoiberg was a “soft” coach, that’s not the kind of team we want or deserve as Chicago Bulls Fans. I would not mind if we kept Lauri,

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Bulls Podcast #17 with Rusty Buckets

We’ve got a lot in store for you this episode. Including the Post Game Wrap-up on the Bulls Vs Phoenix, Injury Update: Denzel out for the Season and a Rusty Roundtable Discussion on the State of The Bulls
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.
Today we’re joined by one of the top Chicago sports YouTubers out there, avid Bulls fan and friend of the show. Mr. Rusty Buckets.
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Post Game Wrap-up on the Bulls Vs Phoenix
The Bulls took on Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and the Phoenix Suns in a Wednesday night matchup. The Bulls WON the game with the score of 124-116.

Zach Lavine led all scorers with 29 points. He’s on a run to get that Most Improved Player award, and it looks like it’s his for the taking. Jabari Parker played a pretty decent game with 20 pts, 13 Rebounds and 8 assists, almost getting him into Triple Double territory.
All in all, a good win for the Bulls who have been on a losing streak lately. Most notable was the presence of DeAndre Ayton, who looks like he’ll grow into a very dominant center in the league after a few years of experience.
Bulls Injury Updates:
It was announced that Denzel Valentine will be out the rest of the season after he gets surgery later next week. He has been scheduled for a full ankle restoration surgery, which Denzel indicated is going to be just what the doctor ordered. He said he’s had ankle issues ever since entering the league, and it will be great to be 100% in the ankle department when he returns next season.
Hopefully Denzel heals up quick and can be back to playing form for the season opener.
Chandler Hutchison missed the Phoenix game due to back spasms, but it looks to be short-term and nothing that will keep him out of any games.
We’ve also got news that both Lauri Markkanen and Kris Dunn have been working out and hitting non-contact portions of practice. It looks like it will be another 2 weeks or so for both of them. There are rumblings that Lauri will be playing with the Windy City Bulls G-League team by late next week to get ready to make his comeback.
We’ll be lucky if Bobby Portis comes back by Christmas, as his injury has not healed as fast as Dunn’s has. I feel bad for Bobby, as it’s a contract year for him and this will mean he’s going to work much harder to get a good deal for next season, which is when you run a huge risk to re-injure yourself, or play in a reserved way so that you don’t injure yourself again. Either way, Bobby has a long uphill climb ahead of him.
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Roundtable Discussion
TANK TIME?

So is it time to tank? I think Gar/Pax have probably been watching Duke basketball, as I have all season so far. In my opinion it’s time to submarine this team and hit the tank button. Once again we are in a post-season fight with the Cavs, but this time it’s to see who can suck the most and get the coveted #…

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Bulls Podcast #16

It’s the Chicago Bulls Podcast #16 hosted by Marcus Couch and Wyse Black with special guest Patrick Sheldon from DaWindyCity.com blog. We cover post-game of the Bulls vs Celtics game, a rundown of injuries of Markkanen, Portis, Dunn and Valentine. We end it with a heated roundtable of where we are after 15 games. Time to tank?
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.
Today we’re joined by friend of the show, Patrick Sheldon from Da Windy City blog over at DaWindyCity.com. He’s joined us previously and we’re happy to welcome him back to today’s show.
We’ve got a lot in store for you this episode. Including:

Post Game Wrap-up on the Bulls Vs Boston
Injury Update: When will we be at full strength again?
Where are we after 15 Games into the Schedule? Time to Tank? Roundtable Discussion

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Post Game reaction to Bulls Vs. Boston Celtics:

Score: Bulls LOSE. Score 111-82
The Bulls held a 5-point lead after one quarter in Boston … then lost by 29. Bulls fall 111-82 to the Celtics. Their offense was pitiful, shooting 39% with 22 turnovers.
The Bulls are now 4-11 as of this recording. They’re 3 games back of the 8th seed. They’re 1.5 games back in the race for the NBA’s worst record. There are 67 games left to play.
Jabari Parker and Shaq Harrison led the way with 14 and 16 points respectively. Zach Lavine’s consecutive streak of 20 point games comes to an end at 15 games in the streak. Zach only put up 10 points against the Celtics.
 
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Bulls Injury Updates:
Lauri Markkanen, Denzel Valentine, Kris Dunn and Bobby Portis have all been out with injuries. Where do they stand in their recovery so far?
LAURI:
Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg updated the status of second-year stretch forward Lauri Markkanen Monday and the news isn’t good for Bulls fans.
Lauri Markkanen suffered a high-grade lateral right elbow sprain during training camp. The Bulls initially said Markkanen would miss six-to-eight weeks. Hoiberg said Monday, though, that the Bulls will take the cautious approach to make sure Lauri is 100 percent, which means the Bulls’ young star is still two-to-three weeks away from playing, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. But Fred recently said it will be 9-11 weeks before we see Lauri back. He was seen taking threes and even dunking with his injured arm, so who really knows when this will happen. It may happen sometime in December, or next year before we see him again.
 
KRIS:
It looks like the recovery of Kris Dunn is going according to plans. He injured his knee with a severe MCL sprain and was projected to be out for 4-6 weeks. It’s been 3 weeks, so it’s another 2-3 weeks before we’ll see him on the court again. With Archie and Shaq Harrison doing well in the lineup,

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Bulls Podcast #15 with Kenyatta Wright

On today’s Chicago Bulls Podcast: Bulls Pick up player contract options on Valentine, Markannen and Dunn, Post Game Wrap-up on the Bulls Vs Denver and a Bulls Roundtable discussion on our current progress after 8 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.
Today we’re joined by friend of the show, Kenyatta Wright from Hypefresh.co and the Bullseye Facebook Group. We’ve featured him as a guest on an earlier earlier episode and it’s our pleasure to bring him back again for another round since the season is well under way. https://www.hypefresh.co/author/kenyatta-wright/
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Bulls Pick up player contract options on Valentine, Markannen and Dunn

The Chicago Bulls have exercised the third-year option on Lauri Markkanen, and fourth-year options on guards Kris Dunn and Denzel Valentine. By exercising their options, all players will be under contract with the Bulls for the 2019-20 season.
Post Game reaction to Bulls Vs. Denver Nuggets:

Score: Bulls LOSE 108-107 in OT.

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Where are we after 8 Games into the Schedule? Roundtable Discussion
With 8 games in the books and the Bulls having a 2-6 record, we’re officially 10% into the season. With a continuation of this trend, we’re projected to have just 20 wins this season. Right in line with what the Las Vegas experts predicted. We all got mad about that, but as the first sets of games have shown, it’s exactly what they thought it would be despite our own higher expectations as Bulls fans. Are we setting ourselves up for disappointment as the Bulls are tanking? Was this their plan the whole time? Is this just not Fred’s plan and he should be fired? All these questions and more are being thrown on the table for this roundtable discussion.
Follow Kenyatta Wright:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KennyWright31

Bullseye Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/752878474736593/

Blog: https://www.hypefresh.co/
Thanks for listening everyone, Go Bulls!

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Bulls Podcast #14 – Cam Payne’s Coming Out

The Chicago Bulls Waive Omer Asik and sign PG Shaquille Harrison, Kris Dunn’s bruised MCL, Zach comes out strong but Questions Bulls Coaching and the Post Game Wrap-up on the Bulls vs. Charlotte.
Welcome to your Chicago 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 Waive Omer Asik, Sign Shaq Harrison
The Bulls have waived health plagued Omer Asik to make room on the roster for more point guards. As it turns out, the Bulls are on the hook for at least $14 million to Asik. We acquired him in the Nikola Mirotic trade, and New Orleans absolutely got the better of that deal, as Niko is playing like an All-Star this year for the Pelicans.
After making salary room, the Bulls have brought in Shaquille Harrison who was waived from Phoenix. So now we have 2 point guards that were on the Phoenix roster last year. (Harrison and Ulis)
Last year Harrison played in 23 games averaging 6.6 PPG, 2.4 assists and 47.6% FG%. 
 
Zach Lavine is every bit the All-Star we thought he would be
Though the Bulls started out 0-3, it’s clear that Zach Lavine is going to be the face of the franchise this year. There’s really only one alpha, and it’s Zach.
Averaging over 30 points throughout his first 4 outings, he matched the starting performance of one other Bull has come out of the gate with 4 30 point games, Michael Jordan.
Zach raised some questions about the coaching calls
“We got to run the right sets out there. We would have run the right plays, got the ball to the right people I think we would have been alright. We were playing free (in the first half) and aggressive. We weren’t coming down and being stagnant. We weren’t calling a lot of plays” Asked how the Bulls are doing at recognizing who has the hot hand, LaVine didn’t hesitate. In fact, he repeated his answer. “I think we have to do better at it,” he said.
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Post Game reaction to Bulls Vs. Charlotte Hornets:

Score: Bulls win 112-110
Cam Payne’s Coming out party
Cam Payne is making a believer out of the Bulls Fan base, shooting 7 for 11 in threes.
Zach is out there doing Zach things. Teams are starting to double-team Lavine, but there isn’t a second option to take advantage. Luckily he’s put up 30 points a game for the last 4 games.
WCJ can’t make a free throw
Where is Bobby Portis? Better yet, where’s Robin Lopez?
Now that the season has started, we’re counting on you, the listener to help fan the flames and help us spread the show to every Bulls fan you can find. There are a lot of big things we are doing over the course of the season, and we want you to be a big part of that, both as a Bulls fan, and a listener to the show. We’re here for you, and we know you’re here for us.
Until then, Thanks for listening everyone, Go Bulls!

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Bulls Podcast #13

It’s the Bulls Podcast Episode #13 and we’re talking about the Bulls triming the roster and waive four players, the signing of Point guard Tyler Ulis to a Two-Way Contract, The Bulls fail to sign Bobby Portis to Contract Extension and a preview of the Bulls season opener vs Philadelphia 76ers.
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Bulls Waive four players

The Bulls have waived four of the training roster players, Antonius Cleveland, Derrick Walton Jr., Kaiser Gates, and JaKarr Sampson. If all four players clear waivers, then they will become unrestricted free agents.
Sampson, Gates, and Walton signed training camp deals with the Bulls. Cleveland was claimed off waivers by the Bulls in July.
All four players didn’t really get the chance to play in the Bulls five preseason games, and if they did then it was in the last couple of minutes of the game. None of the players that the Bulls released was surprising.
Bulls Sign Tyler Ulis to a Two-Way deal
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.
The two-way deal means that under his current contract, he can only play in 45 NBA games this season.
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Bobby Portis Contract

Bobby Portis doesn’t agree to contract extension, but says staying with Bulls beyond this season is in his ‘DNA’ “Normally, that’s how it goes,’’ Portis said. “But with me, I couldn’t see myself in any other jersey. Obviously, I got Bulls DNA. Me and the city have a love connection somewhere. At the same time, I just enjoy playing for the Bulls. Hopefully in the spring, things can work out.’’
We’ve seen this kind of “Betting on Myself” strategy with Jimmy Butler and even Nikola Mirotic in the past, so let’s hope Bobby has a breakout year and gets the Bulls to the playoffs and beyond this year. Only then will he truly deserve a huge payday. If the Bulls have just another mediocre lottery year,

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Bulls Podcast #12

It’s Bulls Podcast episode 12 and we’ve got Swaggy Brice in the house! Hosted by Marcus Couch and Wyse Black, we’re covering the Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers pre-season post-game and remember Tex Winter, inventor of the triangle offense, who just passed away at age 96.
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Bulls vs Indiana Pacers – Bulls Win 104-89

Passing of Tex Winter
Tex Winter, long time assistant coach of the Bulls and Lakers passed away today at age 96.

The following statement is from John Paxson, the Chicago Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, on behalf of the Bulls:
“Tex Winter was a basketball legend and perhaps the finest fundamental teacher in the history of our game.  He was an innovator who had high standards for how basketball should be played and approached every day. Those of us who were lucky enough to play for him will always respect his devotion to the game of basketball.  His contributions to the Bulls organization will always be remembered.”
We want to thank new friend of the show, Swaggy Brice. It’s been a pleasure having Brice in this episode and we look forward to having him back on the show during the regular season. You can find his channel on Youtube at SwaggyBrice and the same on social, @swaggybrice.
Thanks for listening everyone, Go Bulls!

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Bulls Podcast #11

We’ve got a lot in store for you this episode. Including Lauri Markannen and Denzel Valentine Injuries, Bulls First Pre-Season Recap, Player Evaluations After Game 1 and share listener reactions from the Bulls Fan hotline!
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.
We’d like to welcome this week’s special guest, Diana Harris. She’s the host of the DemBulls YouTube channel and has been covering a lot of the action during the offseason leading into training camp and the first game. She’s a very supportive Chicago Bulls fan and we wanted to feature her on the show to expose her to our audience and bring some attention to her YouTube channel, which you should absolutely be subscribing to. Welcome to the show Diana!
Early Season Injuries hit the Bulls

Lauri will be out from 6-8 weeks with an elbow strain. He suffered the injury fighting for a rebound in training camp. It isn’t the start we were all hoping for, but it could be a blessing in disguise, giving our rookies a chance to get some experience in pre-season where it’s an extension of what they are learning in training camp.
Denzel Valentine is out with an ankle sprain. He should be back practicing with the team in a few weeks. Antonio Blakeney will rotate in his spot for the time being, and looked solid in that role.
It’s kind of a bummer with the injuries happening so early. Hopefully it’s not the kind of injury that will sideline Lauri or hamper his playing time when he comes back. He is restricted in his movement with a huge elbow brace, which prevents him from shooting, lifting or working out.
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Bulls Beat the New Orleans Pelicans 128-116

99 Field Goal Attempts! Fred said he wanted to put up 100 attempts per game and they got really close to that obscene shooting goal. Pace and Space basketball is here, and it’s pretty awesome to see it being executed.
As a whole the defense looked really good. They had very solid traps with great defensive rotation to the wide open shooters after participating in a trap/double, I feel based on last night’s game, we definitely looked like a better defensive team. We also looked a LOT faster, attacked the basket more than just hoisting up last second bail-out jumpers. There was a point in the game where we had only made two three-pointers, but we were up by a big point margin.
We didn’t get to see the Portis/Mirotic match-up we were hoping for, as Niko didn’t play, but we’ll get our chance during the season for sure.
Marcus watched the game 3 times, each time focusing on Guards, Wings and Center spots. I have a feeling that I’ll be doing this for every game during the season. It’s a fun transition to make from just a normal fan to doing a podcast about the Bulls.
 
Listener Reactions to the Game:

So now let’s get some of YOUR reactions to the game. We have a new phone number that I want you to put into your phone contacts right now.. That’s 312-626-5401. We’re not the only ones that will be covering games. That’s right, you, the Bulls Fans are as much a part of this show as we are. So let’s feature a few fans right now..

Ash from Australia
Miss Pearl from Arkansas

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