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Chicago Bullseye 421: Wyse_Black & Marcus Couch of Bulls Podcast

See Red Fred @cbefred interviews Wyse_Black @radical_Creator & Marcus Couch @marcuscouch of BullsPodcast.com:

1:39 Can the Bulls Make the Playoffs without a contributing rookie?
4:57 The Injuries
9:00 Who should we draft outside of Zion?
15:00 Would you trade next year’s #1 to move up to #2?
20:45 The Top 4 Teams in the East

Chicago Bullseye 420 – Interview with the Mysterious RaMEANa

See Red Fred @cbefred and Keith Frantz @bullscripted interview the iconic heroine of Bulls Twitter, the Mysterious RaMEANa @Ramina1690
1:05 Why so positive?
2:29 Bulls Secret Chat Line
3:31 The Mysterious Rameana
4:00 Comments after the Atlanta Loss
8:15 Pax Moves of the Rebuild
10:30 The Jabari Parker Signing
13:30 Is Dunn Done?
18:30 What is the Your Favorite Part of Bulls Twitter?
20:11 The Evil of Bulls Twitter
30:00 The Resurrection of Jim Boylen
34:10 The Future of the Beloved Bull

The Big Red Bus #25 – Risking the Lottery Spot

In this latest episode of the Big Red Bus, See Red Fred @cbefred and the Podfather Doug Thonus @doug_thonus discuss the improving Bulls, the risk of losing a better lottery spot, and Doug’s reaction to Fred’s Visions. Recorded before last Friday’s Atlanta game. Email the show: ChicagoBullseye@gmail.com

Chicago Bullseye 419 – Interview with KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune

See Red Fred @cbefred interviews the inimitable KC Johnson @kcjhoop of the Chicago Tribune. The Hemingway of Bulls Beat Writers addresses a variety of topics and questions:

1:30 I thought the handling of Parker during Boylen’s first month was catastrophic for the Bulls. Was Boylen or the Front office the impetus behind that decision?
4:30 What did more damage to the reputation of the Bulls org: The handling of Parker or Boylen’s first week (wind sprints, near mutiny, practice after the Boston loss)?
8:40 What was your reaction to the Otto Porter trade? What has impressed you the most about Otto Porter Jr?
11:45 Is Dunn done? I hear whispers there are off court issues. I think it’s highly suspicious that he had a migraine after the Boston game when he spent the 4th quarter glued to the bench. I feel the Bulls must sign a FA Point guard in the offseason (Rubio-Beverley-Collison) a. Do you feel it’s more likely the trade him, or sign a FA to challenge him? b. What FA Point guards do you like?
18:50 There is a palpable anger with the fan base. Is the anger within the fanbase at the highest level you’ve seen in the years since you’ve been covering the team?
26:00 Should the Bulls Buyout Lopez
29:00 Most Underrated Bull for KC Johnson in the Jordan Era

Chicago Bullseye 418 – The Prophetic Visions of See Red Fred

THE BAND IS BACK TOGETHER! See Red Fred @cbefred, Mark Lewinthal @bullseyemark23, and Keith Frantz @bullscripted discuss the sudden progression towards greatness of the Budding Big Red Leviathan.

1:30 2 Biggest Reasons that the Team has been playing so well
5:00 Is Kris Dunn Done?
9:55 Bring Derrick Rose Back
12:45 The Face of the Team
14:00 What do you feel is more likely…Lauri becoming a top-10 player, or the Bulls wining the 10-14% Zion lottery, and he then will become a top-10 player?
17:50 Do we have the Eastern Conference Contender Core here already?
21:00 The Prophetic Visions of See Red Fred

Chicago Bullseye 417 – Are you done with Dunn?

See Red Fred interviews the Great Bulldog Kevin Anderson @Kevin_NBCS of NBC Sports Chicago. The topics addressed include:

1:50 Are you done with Dunn?
7:30 Bulldog’s 1-2-3 Point Guard Free-Agent options?
17:17 The Otto Porter Jr. Trade
25:00 Bulls vs Knicks
34:00 If the Lakers Win the Lottery

Chicago Bullseye 416 – Porter Trade & Collegiate Prospects to Watch

See Red Fred @cbefred, Keith Franz @BullScripted, and Buzz @SMBuzzWeed discuss the loss to Milwaukee, the Otto Porter Jr acquisition, the Portis-Parker departure, the best team in the East, and the best collegiate prospects.

Chicago Bullseye Special Edition: The Bulls Dynasty of the Nineties Part 1

In this special episode of the Chicago Bullseye, See Red Fred @cbefred, Big Dave @BawlSports, C-Dub @BawlSports1, and Jack Silverstein @readjack reminisce about the Bulls first three-peat (91-93). Topics discussed:

1. Would the Bulls have won in ’94 if MJ didn’t retire, and was an 8-peat in play?
2. What was the best team of the 1st three-peat, and what was your favorite team of the 1st three-peat?
3. Has John Paxson, the Executive, sullied the reputation of John Paxson, the player?
4. Favorite team of the 1st three-peat
5. Best team of the 1st three-peat
6. Most nervous playoff series

Part 2 will be up later this week. Please email your questions to chicagobullseye@gmail.com

Chicago Bullseye 415 – Interview with the Athletic Founder Jon Greenberg

In this latest Chicago Bullseye, See Red Fred interviews the legendary Founding editor-in-chief/columnist of @theathleticchi Jon Greenberg @jon_greenberg. We broach a wide variety of timeless topics regarding the Beloved Bulls:

0:29 Jon Greenburg 411 & the Founding of the Athletic
3:52 The Athletic Goals
4:30 The Current State of the Beloved Bulls & Why they are so despised
10:04 The Path Forward
12:24 The 3 Biggest Issues with the Team
13:39 Fair Offer for Portis
14:18 The Free Agent Targets
16:53 Greatest Memory as a Bulls Fan
21:00 Predictions on the Future of the Front Office & Coach

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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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

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

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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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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Chicago Bullseye 409 – We are BAWLing!

Happy Holidays! Bulls Podcasting Legends from BAWL! Big Dave @BawlSports and C-Dub @BawlSports1 join the Bullseye to discuss the latest topics in an unfolding series of disasters for the Beloved Bulls. The opening of the show includes an unfortunate incident that occurred during a holiday gig with my former cover band Gigglewater. Significant similarities drawn to this disastrous Bulls season. Recorded before the Nets loss.

Gigglewater Holiday Story 1-7:47
BAWL! Interview Starts at 8 Minute Mark
Boylen Impressions 8:30
LaVine 10:45
Parker Signing & Benching 20:45
Reading Bulls Twitter Tweets & Ryan ArcIWhatever 35:10
The Path Forward & Kris Dunn 43:42
Will Boylen Be the Coach for the Opening Game 2019 51 min mark
See Red Fred has lost some Faith 58ish
Max for Middelton? 59:30
NBA Championship Predictions 1:02

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Chicago Bullseye 408 – To Practice or Not to Practice

The Enigmatic Bulldog Kevin Anderson of NBC Sports Chicago discusses a tumultuous week for the Beloved Bulls. Was it the Coach or players who committed the gravest sins? Follow Kevin: @Kevin_NBCS Follow See Red Fred: @cbefred Email the Chicago Bullseye: chicagobullseye@gmail.com

The Big Red Bus #23 – The Hoiberg Era Ends

The Great One @Doug_Thonus and See Red Fred @cbefred discuss the end of the Hoiberg era. This show was recorded just before the Indiana game.

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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 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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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 chicagobullseye@gmail.com 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
36:57 STAR WARS SECTION
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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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) https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/basketball/news/bulls-jabari-parker-plays-well-in-preseason-opener/ )

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: https://twitter.com/mkhoops/status/1050689803262484480?s=21 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. https://www.dailyherald.com/sports/20180925/portis-happy-to-concede-starting-role-focus-on-being-sixth-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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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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