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Barkley: Bulls are best team in the East

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Barkley: Bulls are best team in the East

TNT's Charles Barkley joined the Dan Patrick Show Thursday morning to share his thoughts on the Bulls-Heat matchup and his predictions going into the playoffs.

"I still think the Bulls are the best team in the conference, but if they don't get Derrick Rose back, they're not going to win."

Rose suffered an ankle injury on Sunday during the Bulls' loss to the Knicks and remained in a walking boot to avoid running the risk of worsening the pain. After being sidelined for 12 consecutive games due to a strained groin, Chicago's reigning MVP is once again forced to recover from yet another physical ailment.

Rose returned to practice Wednesday and is listed as a game time decision in Thursday's matchup against Miami.

Looking ahead to the playoffs, Barkley doesn't see the Heat getting very far along without a strong presence from LeBron James. Unlike Chicago's 'Bench Mob', he says Miami doesn't have many other players that can elevate the team to win a ring.

"Unless LeBron James carries that team, they're not going to win the championship -- he's got to be their closer, finisher, everything, he's gotta play unbelievable, he's gotta be the walking triple-double for them to win the championship."

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Have the Cubs turned the corner?

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Have the Cubs turned the corner?

Hub Arkush, David Schuster and Mark Grote join Kap on the panel.

0:00- The Cubs sweep the Marlins and have won 7 of their last 10. Have they finally turned the corner?

8:00- The White Sox keep playing but the controversy surrounding Tim Anderson's bat-flip-heard-round-the-world continues. Does baseball need to lighten up or does Anderson deserve some blame?

14:30- The guys remember Chet Coppock. The "Godfather of Sports Talk Radio" died at the age of 70.

18:00- Carlos Zambrano drops by the studio. He talks to Kap about his comeback with the Chicago Dogs, his thoughts on the Cubs winning it all and his hopes to once again pitch in the majors.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Cubs Talk Podcast: Carlos Zambrano drops in & a statistical deep-dive with Chris Kamka

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Carlos Zambrano drops in & a statistical deep-dive with Chris Kamka

Luke Stuckmeyer and Chris Kamka go through some fun and perhaps meaningful numbers through the Cubs' first 17 games, including good trends for the starting pitching and puzzling numbers for Kris Bryant & Anthony Rizzo (1:30). Then, David Kaplan catches up with former Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano, who discusses his comeback attempt with the Chicago Dogs, his accomplishments while he pitched for the Cubs, and his newfound commitment to his faith (10:30).

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