Chicago Bullseye 356 – The Bobby-Niko Punch Bowl and the Rebuild Begins Part 1

Basketball Historian Tim Gallagher joins the Bullseye to discuss the Bobby Portis-Niko Mirotic fight and the unfortunate ramifications. The Game 1 loss in Toronto is also discussed.

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Bullseye RTOB (Random Thoughts of Brilliance)



The Bulls tank effort is now set up perfectly.  One of the keys to a competitive team is good interior defense.  You need at least  2 guys to clean up the mess when there are the inevitable perimeter breakdowns.  The Bulls have 1 quality interior defender in Robin Lopez.   Every other big man is average at best (Felicio), or a disaster at worst (Niko, Portis, Markkanen).   Overall, I see only 2 above average defenders on the entire roster (Dunn, Lopez).  This team should allow a ton of points, and position itself for a top 4 pick with relative ease. – See Red Fred @cbefred

People haven’t really talked about how bad Atlanta is going to be. I don’t really see a whole lot of absolutely terrible teams. Probably Atlanta and Brooklyn. Maybe the Knicks and Bulls. Will the Lakers and Phoenix still be bad? – Riv Man @flyriv

Niko’s Market

I consider Ersan Ilyasova (1 yr, 6 mil) and Jonas Jerebko (2 yrs, 8.2 mil) to be similar to Mirotic, and they both signed deals yesterday. This should help to set Niko’s market. Of course, Mirotic has the advantage of being 4 years younger than those two (26 vs. 30). So I think a fair deal would be something similar to what Felico got (4 years, 32 mil). I would not go higher than that.

Mirotic also has the option of signing the 1-year qualifying offer of 7.2 mil and becoming an unrestricted free agent next summer. – Riv Man

Portland’s Bad Tax Situation

Portland has an underrated baaaad salary situation. They’re not an elite team but they’re 2nd in luxury tax:  “Six teams are in the luxury tax including both Golden State and Cleveland. The six teams have combined for an NBA record of $175M in tax penalties. 1. Cleveland ($71.8M) 2. Portland ($48.3M) 3. Golden State ($27.8M) 4. Oklahoma City ($14.1M) 5. Washington ($10.7M) 6. Milwaukee ($2.4M)”

The contracts for Crabbe and Turner are especially onerous. The Meyers Leonard contract isn’t great either. And they’ll need to pay Jusuf Nurkic next year. – Riv Man

Bulls Playoff History

Call me ignorant, but I didn’t realize how rare is was for the Bulls to not make the playoffs. Out of 51 seasons, the Bulls have been in the playoffs 35 times (68.6% of all seasons). The Bulls missed the playoffs in only 16 seasons (31.4% of all seasons). Tim Floyd’s teams account for a full 25% of the seasons when the Bulls didn’t make the playoffs (4, including the partial season when he was fired). But he is a victim of circumstances. Since Jordan, there have been 19 seasons, and the Bulls missed the playoffs in 8 of them (42.1%). It’s been an unusually bad time in franchise history. – Rick Oz

Another fun Bulls history fact: they have the 3rd most championships of all time with 6. Golden State, with 5, could be passing them in a couple of years. – Riv Man @flyriv




Chicago Bullseye 352 – The Jimmy Butler Trade

Basketball Historian Tim Gallagher and the Legendary Brian Kush join the Bullseye to discuss the Jimmy Butler trade with Fred.

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Chicago Bullseye 346 – Bulls up 2-0 on the Celtics

Chicago Bullseye 346 – Bulls Up 2-0 on the Celtics

Fred and Mark discuss the incredible start for the beloved Bulls in the first 2 games of the playoff series vs. the Celtics.

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Chicago Bullseye 344 – Consistently Inconsistent

Basketball Historian Tim Gallagher joins the Bullseye to talk about a variety of topics: The State of the Team * What is Niko Worth on the Open Market? * How is Miami Doing It? * The Cavs & Warriors Problem * Who will grab that last Playoff Spot in the West? * The Legacy of Jerry Krause *

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Chicago Bullseye 339 – Bulls Mid-Term Grades

Chicago Bullseye 339 – Bulls Mid-Term Grades

Basketball Historian Tim Gallagher joins the Bullseye to give out his mid-term grades for the 21-21 Bulls.  This show was recorded before the Dallas loss.

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Chicago Bullseye 338 – Blue Christmas for the Beloved Bulls

Chicago Bullseye 338 – Blue Christmas for the Beloved Bulls

This episode is a Two-Part Podcast recorded with Basketball Historian Tim Gallagher.  Part 1:  Recorded on the afternoon of December 23rd, after the Wizards loss at home, before the loss in Charlotte.  Topics Discussed:  Washington Loss Comments / Pistons Win

Part 2:  At the 16:15 mark, Part 2 begins.  This podcast was recorded on 12.19.2016.  The 3 straight losses to the Bucks & TWolves are discussed.  The East is an average mess / The Knicks Improvement / Craig Sager (37:15 Mark) / UCLA Basketball Prospects (40:45) / NBA Players Sitting out Games (48:00)

Chicago Bullseye 337 – See Red Fred Clips & the Denver Game

The show begins with 2 clips from the “Waddle & Silvy” show on ESPN 1000 in Chicago.   The first clip was recorded shortly after the Bulls were 5-4, the 2nd was recorded after the Bulls beat Portland.   Afterward, Fred and Mark discuss the Nuggets loss and the state of the team.  Recorded just before the victory in Philly.

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Chicago Bullseye 335 – The Heat Is Off

Fred and Mark discuss the Bulls victory over the Heat and recent games vs. the Hawks and Magic.    They also debate what the team needs in order to become a legitimate challenger.

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Chicago Bullseye 334 – The First Seven Games

Recorded before the Atlanta loss in Game 8, Basketball Historian Tim Gallagher Joins the Bullseye to discuss the Bulls first 7 games.

(3:30) The Bulls get blown out against the Knicks & Indiana but beat Orlando

(5:30)  What Tim Likes so Far from the team

(10:30) Bulls Individual Player Accolades – Wade, Taj, McD

(13:15) Niko’s Disaster of a Start

(19:20) NBA Surprises so Far

(25:40) Thibs in Minnesota

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Chicago Bullseye 331 – Hello MCW, Goodbye Snell & The Eastern Conference Preview

Chicago Bullseye 331 – Hello MCW, Goodbye Snell & The Eastern Conference Preview

Basketball Historian Tim Gallagher joins the Bullseye to discuss the Snell-MCW trade & predict the Eastern Conference standings.

Tim’s Eastern Conference Playoff Predictions:

  1. Cavs 58-24
    2. Raptors 54-28
    3. Hawks 48-34
    4. Celtics 45-37
    5. Bulls 45-37
    6. Hornets 45-37
    7. Wizards 43-39
    8. Pistons 41-41

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Chicago Bullseye 324 – Wade Press Conference & Fast Food Rankings

Fred and Mark chat about the Dwyane Wade Press Conference.  In the last 10 minutes, they provide their fast food restaurant rankings.

The Wade Press Conference  / Whose Team is it? / Dwyane Wade Bio  / Learning from Wade / Bulls will have more Steals  / The Bulls are Better / Valentine as Paul Pierce / Draymont’s Pics / Fast Food Rankings

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Chicago Bullseye 316 – Game 7, the Draft, & the 2016 Free Agent Class


Basketball Historian Tim Gallagher discusses the Finals, the Draft, & the 2016 crop of Free Agents.

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Chicago Bullseye 313 – Goodbye Bairstow Hello Dinwiddie


Fred & Mark discuss the end of the Cameron Bairstow era & the Jimmy Butler / Derrick Rose trade rumors.   They also discuss the Finals & the upcoming Game 7.

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Chicago Bullseye 305 – The Jason Patt Interview Part 1

Interview w/ Jason Patt, Managing Editor at www.todaysfastbreak.com.  Contributor at sbnation.com/nba and blogabull.com.

In Part 1, Jason provides the 411 on his background, the primary reasons for this disaster of a Bulls season, & what to do w/ Jimmy, Rose, & Jimmy.

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Chicago Bullseye 303 – The Warriors, Kobe, and the Bulls

Basketball Historian Tim Gallagher joins the Bullseye to talk about Kobe’s incredible career, the Warriors winning 73, and the end of this sad, sad season for the Bulls.

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Chicago Bullseye 302 – Basketball Historian Tim Gallagher Talks NCAA Prospects

Basketball Historian Tim Gallagher joins the Bullseye to talk about the thrilling NCAA Championship Villanova victory, the top Prospects for the NBA draft, and this disaster of a Bulls season.

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Chicago Bullseye 298 Part 1 – Golden State State of Mind

Recorded after the Golden State victory over the Bulls.  Basketball Historian Tim Gallagher joins the Bullseye to discuss the GSW game & appreciating the beauty of Warriors basketball.

Other topics:

Spurs/Warriors “formula” with the Atlanta Hawks (Coach Bud, Bazemore, Justin Holiday, Splitter)

Remembering Johnny Bach, NBA pioneer Mac Otten, Sonics star John “JJ”Johnson

John “JJ” Johnson

Mac Otten


Johnny Bach


Chicago Bullseye 297 – The Roller Coaster Season Continues

Basketball Historian Tim Gallagher joins the Chicago Bullseye to discuss the losses to Milwaukee & Washington. The Spurs vs Warriors inevitable showdown is also previewed.

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Chicago Bullseye 282 – The Great Basketball Historian Tim Gallagher Joins the Bullseye to Recap the Free Agent Signings

D. Jordan to the Clippers * Winners & Losers in Free Agency * David West Signs for the Min * Are the Bucks Going to Be A Problem * Miami Heat Moves * Why So Many Injuries? *

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Chicago Bullseye 281 – The Great Basketball Historian Tim Gallagher Joins the Bullseye to Recap the Draft

The Bobby Portis Pick * Robert Horry * Corliss Williamson * Top 10 Draft Picks Overview * Bucks Pick Rashad Vaughn * Draft Steals * Follow Fred on Twitter: @cbefred * Email the Show: Chicagobullseye@gmail.com

Chicago Bullseye 278 – Interview #3 with Basketball Historian Tim Gallagher

Finals Recap (What were the key factors in Golden State winning the NBA Title?) * Kerr vs. Thibs * Did Iggy deserve the MVP? * The New Generation of Hybrid Players * What happened to the Great NBA Centers? * NBA Draft Talk – The Top 3 * Potential Picks Available to the Bulls * Tree of Lute & Tree of Walton

Chicago Bullseye 277 – Interview #2 with Basketball Historian Tim Gallagher

Basketball Expert Tim Gallagher joins the Bullseye again to discuss Fred Hoiberg, Steve Kerr, the NBA Finals, & the epic 1975 series between the Bulls & Warriors.

Chicago Bullseye 274 – Part 1: Game 6 Review, Part 2: Interview w/ Basketball Historian Tim Gallagher

Part 1, Fred & Mark Review Game 6 & The Future of Thibs

Part 2, Interview w/ Tim Gallagher (24 minute mark): What has disappointed you the most about the Bulls in this series? Strengths & Weaknesses of Thibs * David Blatt * Who Will Come out of the West? * Hack – a – DJ * Stories of Pax *

Chicago Bullseye 258 Part 2 – Interview w/ Bulls Expert Bryan Crawford

Interview with Bryan Crawford @MrCraw4D

Topics include: What has caused the January downturn? * Where do you feel the Bulls will finish? * Thibs & the Minutes Issue *

Bulls Roundtable Week of July 14th, 2014

RIV:   Quick takes:

Gasol Chi: Love it. Sounds like it will be maybe 3 years at around 21. That’s a steal, and if he’s healthy, his game should age well.

Mirotic: 3/17. Good stuff. Could be a redshirt year. I have a feeling the Bulls will sign some shmuck ancient big man, and that guy will get more minutes than mirotic this year.

Hinrich 2/ 5.6: It’s a little high, I don’t have a good feeling about his productivity the second year. Bulls’ priority now should be signing the best 3rd point guard they can for the vet’s minimum.

Augustin 2/6 Det: Good signing, good value.

Deng 2/20 Miami: A steal for Miami. Riley did an unbelievable job post-lebron. I guess I know now why Riley went to visit Deng last weekend. I guarantee Deng got offers that were longer in length and average salary. fyi, i bet it’s 2 years because everyone wants to make sure they have cap room in 2016, the year Durant is a free agent.

Chalmers / Birdman Miami: Good job again by Riley. Good to keep as much of the core after losing Lebron. I think Miami can really contend in the East.

Hayward 5/63 Utah: Extreme overpay. But then again, what else is Utah going to do with their money?

Paul Pierce 2/10 wizards: This seems really weird. Is Brooklyn finally getting some fiscal sanity? I don’t see him fitting in well with the Wiz team, but you never know

Nick Young 4/21.5 lakers / Jordan Hill 2 / 18: Wow. With the Hill contract, they probably had to pay a premium to get him on a 2-year salary, to keep their cap space open in 2016 (see above). Lakers lineup will be something like Lin / Kobe / Young / Randle / Hill. I predict 35 wins and kobe killing someone.

FRED:  I am so pumped on Gasol, especially since he turned down quite a bit to play in Chi. I think he will be good for Mirotic too…show him how to be a pro.

After all I’ve seen of McBuckets so far in the summer league, he’s a clear 3.   It’s up to Thibs to give him the minutes.

RIV:  One more, really interesting what Houston did, signing Ariza for 4/32 and letting Parsons go to Dallas for 3/46. Also, why did Houston trade Lin to LA, having to give the Lakers a first round pick in the process, if it ended up they didn’t need that money anyway (I believe the Asik trade gave them enough money to sign Ariza). Sheer conjecture here, but it makes me wonder if Bosh told Houston he was coming, then Houston made the Lin deal, then Bosh backed out. I can’t think of any other reason Houston would give up a first rounder in that deal when it turns out they didn’t need to make it. Plus now they’re light at point guard. But who knows, maybe they have something else up their sleeve.

RICK:  I don’t understand the exuberance for Gasol. It’s a fine pick up, but he’s 34. His game has already aged. We also really need experienced perimeter players who can drive. Like a real shooting guard. If Rose comes back as a fraction of the player he was when healthy, the Bulls might barely make it out of first round and have no chance of winning the conference. I think Gasol is a better pick up if we expect Rose to continue where he left off before the ACL injury. I’m not optimistic and will be happy to be wrong. Maybe that’s the chance you take, and maybe I’m ultimately convincing myself about Gasol. There’s no real downside because there are no alternatives.

RIV:  True, I think the basic point is there were no good alternatives at shooting guard right now, so get the best player available. The other option probably would have been to use their money to sign lance stephenson instead of Gasol and Mirotic, and I wouldn’t do that.

On the bright side, the bulls actually got a big name free agent to sign with them for once, and he actually took less money to come to the bulls.   And Rick, How can you not like a guy who tweets this!

Gasol's Recent Tweet

Gasol’s Recent Tweet

FRED:    I’ve watched about 24 straight hours of ESPN here at the hospital after tonsil removal surgery this week.  A ton of NBA stuff. Only Isola & Brossard have the Bulls as the Number 1 team in the East.

Assuming Rose is healthy, which you must considering he’s playing for Team USA, who exactly is going to beat the Bulls? Every team in the East is worse outside of Clev, unless you think Washington upgraded w/ a Geriatric Pierce over Ariza (I don’t)

RIV:  The Bulls would be my favorite, but I would not be shocked if Miami wins the east. That would require wade being healthy. Nobody talks about Brooklyn either. They made what I believe to be a major upgrade at coach, Brook Lopez will be back, and I don’t think they’ll miss Paul Pierce – they still have Kirilenko and Alan Anderson at small forward. And I don’t know what to think of Toronto, was last year a fluke or are they for real?  Mia, chi, Ind, bkn, was, cle, or tor could win the east.

Let’s talk about Cleveland. I think their biggest problem is that Irving and Varejao are injury prone. I think Varrjao has missed more games than he’s played the last 5 years. And Andrew Wiggins will probably not contribute much this year. They need to find a few veterans at the min who can contribute.

Everybody thinks the Knicks will be much better. Why, because Melo signed a new contract? He’s still the same player. Who’s their second best player? Calderon? I like him, but not as my second best player. And they’re very thin at center. The 7 teams mentioned above as well as Char and Atl should be better than NYK.

RICK:  When I think about it, the Bulls are very likely the best team in the East. The team has definitely gotten better. But something nags at the back of my brain and tells me not to keep my hopes up.

FRED:  I didn’t realize McRoberts was such a good passer. The more I hear about him, the more I realize that Riv may be right on w/ the Miami prediction. If Wade loses 20 pounds, and Bosh flourishes in the new role, and Napier is the ROY, they could be something. Losing McRoberts is a huge loss for CHA, and Marvin Williams shouldn’t be in the NBA.

All this talk about the Bulls not being able to attract FA’s is ridiculous. They were able to sign Boozer & now Gasol. Who have the Lakers signed w/ max space to do it?

RIV:  I’m surprised Chalmers got so much money, 2 years, 8.3 mil.  Miami has 3 point guards now.

I agree with you about wade being overweight. I thought he looked a little thick last year. And there were so many times he was lazy on defense, maybe it was from bring out of shape.

Cleve signed Mike Miller and James Jones. Lebron is getting the band back together! I always liked James Jones, wondered why he didn’t get more PT in Miami.

FRED:   I totally disagree w/ Doug here. I am curious whose side you fall on?

ChicagoNow : http://www.chicagonow.com/chicago-bulls-confidential/2014/07/lance-stephenson-goes-cheap-rodney-stuckey-replaces-him-i-understand-but-mourn-the-loss-of-both/

On a totally unrelated note, Ernie Ells, Hole 1 at the British Open, 3-putts from 1 foot.  Whoa:    http://m.golf.com/1005552/watch-ernie-els-three-putts-from-one-foot/

RIV:  Some of his math is fuzzy.  If we signed Lance, how were we going to also sign Mirotic? Lance cost more than Gasol.

Also, I don’t care about the summer of 16. Everyone’s getting cap space for the summer of 16. The time to win is now; there should be no sacrifices made now in exchange for cap room in the summer of 16. Damn you summer of 16!

The real question is probably would you rather have Gasol than Deng. If they had simply kept Deng, they could have re-signed him, then used the mid-level to sign Mirotic, and they could have simply re-signed Hinrich without using an exception.

I’d rather have Gasol than Deng.