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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Bulls swept by Bucks in 2020

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Bulls swept by Bucks in 2020

On this edition of the Bulls Outsiders podcast, Matt Peck, John Sabine, and David Watson discuss the Bulls loss to the Bucks, pick their lineups for the 2020 All-Star game, and discuss acceptable basketball tattoos.

1:00 - The difference between the Bucks and Bulls is staggering

3:20 - What is going on with Lauri Markkanen?

5:00 - How bad does Zach LaVine's back hurt after carrying this squad?

6:30 - Jim Boylen just refuses to play Denzel Valentine

8:30 - Why do the Bulls keep falling apart in the 2nd half?

10:00 - Which players progressed for the Bulls this season?

12:00 - Viewer comment about Bulls playoff chances

15:10 - The guys pick their starters for the 2020 All Star Game

21:45 - Viewer comments about Spencer Dinwiddie/Derrick Rose

24:20 - David Kaplan got a tattoo!

25:30 - If you had to get a basketball tattoo what would it be

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Watch: NBA All-Star Game kicks off with amazing video featuring Chicago icons

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Watch: NBA All-Star Game kicks off with amazing video featuring Chicago icons

As host of the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, Chicago is on the world's center stage this weekend.

Ahead of Sunday's exhibition at the United Center, TNT broadcasted a goosebump-inducing video to kick-off the action. The tribute featured numerous Chicago icons, who discussed growing up/living in the city and what it means to them personally.

Those appearing in the video:

-Barack Obama
-Michael Jordan
-Common
-Chance the Rapper
-Dwyane Wade
-Candace Parker
-Isiah Thomas
-Buddy Guy
-Keke Palmer
-Jesse Williams
-Hebru Brantley

Jordan spoke for all Chicagoans when describing the impact the city has on its citizens:

"It's like a tattoo â€” it's not removable," the Bulls legend said

Best All-Star game intro ever? No doubt.

Bulls used All-Star weekend to continue seeking input on likely changes

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Bulls used All-Star weekend to continue seeking input on likely changes

When Michael Reinsdorf takes center court late Sunday night, the Bulls president and chief operating officer won’t just be ceremoniously ending his All-Star game hosting duties for the United Center and city of Chicago.

He’ll be taking center stage after doing plenty of work in the background.

Talk has been rampant throughout All-Star weekend about expected changes to the Bulls’ front office. According to multiple sources, Reinsdorf has been using this week to continue seeking input from confidantes around the league on candidates for what one source described as “an empowered presence” in the front office.

While no final decisions have been made, the expected addition would take on the day-to-day operations and become a fresh voice and face of the franchise. It’s unclear what this addition’s title would be, however general manager Gar Forman likely will remain in the scouting role he has worked in this season while Paxson would still report to the Reinsdorfs.

The scouting department also is expected to undergo a significant facelift, sources said.

As for the future of coach Jim Boylen, who signed an extension last summer, he still has significant support from the Reinsdorfs and Paxson. Whether he returns or not could be the first test of the autonomy of this expected new hire.

One source stressed no final determinations have been made on the structure of the front office. However, Jerry Reinsdorf’s other team, the White Sox, could serve as the blueprint. That’s where Ken Williams moved from general manager to vice president, while Rick Hahn assumed general manager duties and the role of the franchise’s public voice.

Paxson ceded that responsibility to Forman once previously but reclaimed it when the organization chose to undertake a full rebuild because he wanted to take on the responsibility of articulating the vision.

In recent separate interviews with regular beat writers who cover the team, including NBC Sports Chicago, Paxson stressed how much passion he still had to see the rebuild work.

“I’m not going anywhere,” he said at the time.

But Paxson also would be comfortable having another voice help articulate that vision.

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