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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Bulls notch 1st win in 2019

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Bulls notch 1st win in 2019

On this edition of the Bulls Outsiders podcast; Matt Peck, David Watson, and John Sabine recap the Bulls 104-88 win over Cleveland on Monday and discuss what this win means for the team and also the current state of the 2018-19 Chicago Bulls.

1:32 - Does beating the worst team in the league mean anything for the Bulls?

4:57 - Breaking down the wins in the 2018-19 Chicago Bulls season

8:50 - Are the Bulls willing to move on from Kris Dunn?

12:14 - On Wayne Selden Jr. getting more minutes than Jabari Parker

13:02 - Are the Outsiders "Night People?"

14:58 - Has it been better to be a Cavaliers fan or Bulls fan over the last 20 years?

21:09 - Three Potential Coaches who could replace Jim Boylen next season

23:45 - What if Stacey and Neil called Derrick Rose's game winner vs. Suns?

25:31 - The Outsiders "Dream" Coaching Candidates

Don't forget, you can watch Bulls Outsiders after Bulls Postgame Live on NBC Sports Chicago following every game. You can also stream the show on Facebook Live and interact with Matt, John and David.

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Expectations for the Bulls over the last 24 games

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Expectations for the Bulls over the last 24 games

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski is joined by The Athletic Bulls beat writer Darnell Mayberry.

0:45 - Darnell on his very lengthy mailbag over 6500 words answering Bulls fans questions

1:50 - On Otto Porter and his impact on the Bulls

5:00 - On Bulls looking much better with Porter

6:00 - On Kris Dunn and his future

7:20 - Where Zion Williamson fits as a pro (Editor’s note: this podcast was taped prior to the Duke-UNC game on Wednesday night)

11:10 - On Ja Morant, his ceiling, and risk vs reward of picking him

16:20 - Is Zach LaVine an option at point guard?

17:15 - Darnell on why Markkanen and Carter Jr would have trouble co-existing with Zion Williamson

19:10 - On Jim Boylen’s future with the Bulls

23:55 - On the chance that Derrick Rose could play for the Bulls next season

25:30 - What to look for over the final 24 games

26:50 - Will Robin Lopez finish the season with Bulls?

28:20 - On lottery odds and seemingly being locked into the 4th spot in the lottery

29:30 - On chance for a significant jump for Bulls next season

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Zion Williamson suffers mild knee sprain in opening minute of Duke-UNC

Zion Williamson suffers mild knee sprain in opening minute of Duke-UNC

In a game in which you could spot the likes of Bulls General Manager Gar Forman and former President Barack Obama in the crowd, almost everyone came away disappointed. In the opening minute of Wednesday’s Duke-North Carolina game, Blue Devils star Zion Williamson slipped when trying to plant his foot, tearing through his PG 2.5 basketball sneaker and suffering an apparent knee/lower leg injury.

The Williamson injury happened approximately 40 seconds into the game, taking away much of the fanfare from one of the most anticipated college basketball games of the year for both fans and NBA scouts alike.

Postgame, Duke head coach Mike Krzyewski stated that Zion’s injury as of now is being labeled a mild knee sprain.

This initial diagnosis is very good for Williamson, as the injury appeared to be a much more serious knee or lower leg issue in real-time. Without Williamson, Duke had to rely heavily on freshmen RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish and Tre Jones for offense, and Jone specifically struggled to take on a bigger role. Clearly, Williamson’s prolonged absence had both a mental and physical effect on this young Duke team. They had no rim protection without him and they severely missed his leadership once the game got out of hand.

There was no shortage of love for Zion on the night, with everyone wishing him a quick recovery, including President Obama and Nike.

As of Wednesday night, there is no official timetable for Williamson’s return. He will almost surely missed Duke’s next game on February 23 against Syracuse. Their last game of the regular season is a rematch against UNC on March 9. After that, the Blue Devils will be getting ready for the ACC Tournament in Charlotte, that starts on March 12. If Williamson is going to return this season, it would be reasonable to expect it to happen by the ACC Tournament, as it is hard to imagine the idea of Zion playing in the NCAA Tournament without any game reps prior.

And of course, Williamson could shut it down for the rest of the season if he wants to use this recovery period to get ready for the NBA Draft, an idea that Bulls Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen had already floated. Regardless of what Williamson chooses to do, the entire basketball world will be on the edge of their seats, waiting for updates.