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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.”

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reacting to Round 1 of NHL Draft

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reacting to Round 1 of NHL Draft

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Round 1 of the 2018 NHL Draft.

They discuss the pair of puck-carrying defensemen that the Blackhawks selected on Friday, Adam Boqvist and Nicolas Beaudin. When can we expect to see these first-round picks play in the NHL?

Boyle also goes 1-on-1 with Boqvist and Beaudin. The guys spoke with Stan Bowman and Joel Quenneville on Friday.

The guys also share their biggest takeaways from those interviews, which includes your daily Corey Crawford update and Quenneville appeared excited that the team has plenty of cap space to spend in free agency.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

It's only one start, but that's the Lucas Giolito that White Sox fans expected to see this season

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It's only one start, but that's the Lucas Giolito that White Sox fans expected to see this season

The preseason expectations and the results have been drastically different for Lucas Giolito.

Expected to be the best pitcher on the White Sox starting staff, Giolito hasn’t come too close to that title, instead heading into Friday’s doubleheader with the most earned runs allowed of any pitcher in baseball. His walk total has been among the highest in the game all year long, too. And the calls from social media to send him down to Triple-A haven’t been at all infrequent.

But Friday, White Sox fans got a glimpse at what they expected, a look at the guy who earned so much hype with a strong September last season and a dominant spring training.

It wasn’t a performance that would make any reasonable baseball person’s jaw drop. But it was the best Giolito has looked this season. He still allowed four runs on seven hits — as mentioned, not a Cy Young type outing — but he struck out a season-high eight batters. Prior to giving up the back-to-back singles to start the eighth inning that brought an end to his evening, he’d surrendered just two runs.

Most importantly he walked just two guys and didn’t seem to struggle with his command at all. That’s a big deal for a pitcher who had 45 walks to his name prior to Friday.

“You know it was a tough eighth inning, but throughout the whole game, I felt in sync,” Giolito said. “(Catcher Omar Narvaez) and I were working really well, finally commanding the fastball the way I should. Definitely the best I felt out there this year, for sure. Velocity was up a tick. Just felt right, felt in sync. Just competed from there.”

Confidence has never left Giolito throughout the poor results, and he’s talked after every start about getting back on the horse and giving it another try. Consistently working in between starts, things finally seemed to click Friday night.

“It all worked today,” manager Rick Renteria said. “(Pitching coach Don Cooper) says that every bullpen has gotten better, from the beginning to this point. He sees progress. The velocity that he showed today was something that Coop was seeing in his work. You can see that his delivery is continuing to improve. He was trusting himself, really attacking the strike zone, trusted his breaking ball today when he need to and just tried to command as much as he could. Did a nice job.”

Giolito went through this kind of thing last year, when he started off poorly at Triple-A Charlotte with a 5.40 ERA through his first 16 starts. But then things got better, with Giolito posting a 2.78 ERA over his final eight starts with the Knights before getting called up to the big leagues.

This was just one start, of course, but perhaps he can follow a similar formula this year, too, going from a rough beginning to figuring things out.

“I’m not trying to tinker or think about mechanics anymore,” he said. “It’s about flow, getting out there and making pitches. We were able to do that for the most part.

“I’ll watch video and see certain things, and I have little cues here and there. But I’m not going to go and overanalyze things and nitpick at certain stuff anymore. It’s about going there and having fun and competing.”

Maybe that’s the secret. Or maybe this is simply a brief flash of brilliance in the middle of a tough first full season in the bigs.

Whatever it was, it was the best we’ve seen of Giolito during the 2018 campaign. And it was far more like what was expected back before that campaign got going.