Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg to be next featured guest on Inside Look

Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg to be next featured guest on Inside Look

“Inside Look presented by Cadillac,” hosted by Comcast SportsNet’s Mark Schanowski, featuring Fred Hoiberg to debut Tuesday, November 3 at 9:00 PM CT

CSNChicago.com to provide additional web-exclusive coverage of ‘Inside Look,’ including extended video clips

Chicago, IL (October 29, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, continues to delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with its candid, monthly, one-on-one interview series Inside Look presented by Cadillac

Debuting Tuesday, November 3 at 9:00 PM CT (immediately following Bulls Postgame Live), Comcast SportsNet’s Mark Schanowskihosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with new Chicago Bulls head coach FRED HOIBERG.  Hoiberg, who enjoyed a ten-year playing career in the NBA, including four seasons with the Bulls, enters his first season as an NBA head coach after spending six successful seasons as the head coach of his alma mater, Iowa State University, where he produced a stellar 116-56 record, which included a trip to the NCAA “Sweet Sixteen” in 2014.  In this edition of Inside Look,Hoiberg discusses everything from why he accepted the Bulls head coaching position, to the expectations of his arrival back in Chicago, his life-changing heart ailment, his strategy of getting past LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and much more. 

In addition, viewers are urged to check out Comcast SportsNet’s website - CSNChicago.com - for additional interview content never before seen on TV.  Fans will also be able to watch every Inside Look guest interview online after it debuts on Comcast SportsNet.  Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Inside Look with Fred Hoiberg on the following dates/times: Wed, Nov. 4 at 11:30pm - Mon, Nov. 9 at 9pm - Thu, Nov. 12 at 11:30am & 8pm on CSN+ - Fri, Nov. 13 at 8:30am on CSN+ - Sat, Nov. 14 at 12:30pm - Mon, Nov. 16 at midnight on CSN+ - Tue, Nov. 17 at 12:30pm - Sat, Nov. 21 at 12:30pm - Mon, Nov. 23 at 10:30pm on CSN+ - and Tue, Nov. 24 at 7:30pm.  Schedule subject to change.

Note the following quotes from Inside Look with Fred Hoiberg presented by Cadillac premiering Tuesday, November 3 at 9:00 PM on Comcast SportsNet:

HOIBERG on how the Bulls are a perfect fit

“I’m familiar with the organization, familiar with guys that are in the front office.  A lot of people on the business side were here when I was playing in Chicago that I got to know, so familiarity was a big thing.  Plus, the opportunity to come and win a championship.  This roster is set up to compete for that.  In my opinion, it’s one of the best sports cities in the world.  It’s just an unbelievably supportive sports town and I’m excited to be a part of that.”

HOIBERG on his heart ailment:

“I’ll never forget walking in to see the cardiologist and he said, ‘you have a life threatening condition, and you need open heart surgery.’  It’s just a kick to your gut because I was in the best shape of my life and I just had my best year in the NBA.  I was looking forward to a very long career and then you hear news like that and you associate that surgery with your grandparents.  I never knew a young person that had open heart surgery.”

HOIBERG on his strategy of beating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers:

“It’s hard, there’s no doubt about it.  It was like trying to get through Michael (Jordan).  He was the best player in the league and it’s the same with LeBron.  He’s such a great passer and they’ve got great shooting around him.  To see what they did last year with a couple of their key pieces hurt was extraordinary.  You just try to put a game plan out there on the floor that’s going to give you a great chance to win.  We’re going to do that and hopefully get that opportunity.”

HOIBERG on expectations:

“In coming here, I know there’s a lot of pressure.  If I didn’t feel that we were up for the challenge, I wouldn’t have taken this job.  You want that.  You want that pressure, you want those expectations.  You just have to do everything in your power to put the guys in a position where you can go out, win games, and compete.  Ultimately, in this business, you want to compete for championships.  That’s the expectation and hopefully it will be that for a long time.”

Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

The Bulls square off against the Sixers tonight on NBC Sports Chicago, with coverage beginning at 6:30 with Bulls Pregame Live. Here are three things to watch as the Bulls begin the stretch run of their regular season.

1. The new rotation: Most of the Bulls’ rotation looks the same, but the addition of David Nwaba, Cristiano Felicio and Cameron Payne will have a different feel. The Bulls clearly want to get a look at these guys before the end of the regular season, meaning they’re not just going to get sporadic minutes. They’ll have to play through their mistakes, play out-matched at times and be put in uncomfortable situations. But the Bulls need to see what they have, especially in Payne, who has missed the entire season to this point with a broken foot.

2. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons: They’re quite the 1-2 punch and have the Sixers looking at their first playoff appearance since Derrick Rose hadn’t yet torn an ACL. Yeah, that’s a long time. Embiid just finished his first All-Star appearance (starting in his second year) and Simmons is the front runner for Rookie of the Year. The Bulls will have their hands full with these two. Luckily…

3. Kris Dunn is back: The Bulls wanted to get Dunn some run before heading to All-Star Weekend to play in the Rising Stars Challenge, and he looked healthy in that thumping against the Raptors last week. The good news is John Paxson says Dunn won’t be on a minutes limit, which means he’s healthy. That, of course, is more important than how he’s playing. It’ll be fun to see him, LaVine and Markkanen play together down the stretch. Their numbers together aren’t great, but the Bulls are 2-2 with all three in the lineup, and tanking or not…it’s more fun to watch when those three are rolling. 

Blackhawks edge out Senators in shootout: 'It was really nice to get a win'


Blackhawks edge out Senators in shootout: 'It was really nice to get a win'

It was a rare sight to see the Blackhawks in a shootout on Wednesday night.

It was just the second time this season — and first time at the United Center — that the Blackhawks made it past 3-on-3 overtime. 

The last came on Dec. 2, 2017, a 3-2 shootout loss to the Stars in Dallas. On Wednesday night, the Blackhawks were on the other end, beating the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in a seven-round shootout. Nick Schmaltz netted the game-winner.

"We'll take it," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought we had a decent game tonight. Overtime not so good, I liked the shootout victory, Fors made some big saves for us particularly as the game got deeper. Our third was OK, I thought our first two were way better, and overtime we gave up some high quality, some bells were rings for a bit there. But it was nice to see the shootout win."

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, recording another multi-point game, his 16th of the season.

"I mean we need every point we can get at this point," Kane said. "There's still belief in this locker room. Obviously we need to go on quite a run and have a big record here down the stretch. But take it a game at a time and nice to get two points."

Anton Forsberg was a big reason the Blackhawks even recorded those two points. The 25-year-old netminder stopped 34 of 36 shots and made a handful of big saves down the stretch.

"It was really nice to get a win for sure," Forsberg said. "I would love to have a lot more wins, but right now just gotta look forward and get as many wins as possible."

Added Quenneville: "I think it was good for him to win a game the way he did. Lot of shots were on the line, as we progressed, got deeper, hitting the point first was big for him and for us and then finding a way to get the extra one was a good win."