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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: The Outsiders with Sarah Kustok and Tim Hardaway

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: The Outsiders with Sarah Kustok and Tim Hardaway

On this edition of the Bulls Outsiders podcast, Matt Peck, David Watson, and John Sabine host the Outsiders on location at Highline in River North. Special guests include Nets’ analyst Sarah Kustok and 5-time All-Star Tim Hardaway.

0:45: The Outsiders welcome in Nets’ analyst Sarah Kustok

2:50: On Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn

4:20: Sarah’s favorite player to watch not on the Nets

6:25: On Spencer Dinwiddie and his progression in Brooklyn

8:45: Sarah on rooting for the Bulls

10:50: Sarah on if she’s been starstruck meeting a celebrity or athlete

12:20: Sarah shares a moving story about Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna

14:15: The hardest part about broadcasting NBA games

15:45: Sarah’s favorite memory working in Chicago

21:40: The Outsiders welcome in Tim Hardaway to the show

22:00: Big Dave shares his story on how Hardaway ended his football career

23:35: On Miami losing 2 straight years in playoffs to the Jordan Bulls

26:15: Hardaway on playing against Kendall Gill

28:20: On watching his son, Tim Hardaway Jr, playing for the Mavericks

29:40: What’s more stressful, playing, or watching your child play?

30:55: Hardaway on when he knew his son was ready for the NBA

33:35: Hardaway on playing in his 1st all-star game and when he knew he ‘arrived’ in the NBA by getting 30 people into a club

35:40: On what it means to be an NBA player from Chicago

37:50: Hardaway on Kendrick Nunn’s success

39:15: On the atmosphere playing summer ball at Chicago State

40:45: On who his favorite teammate was

42:55: On Pat Riley and the Heat culture

47:05: On wanting his son to win a championship

48:10: On watching college basketball and people telling him ‘Go Blue’ even though he didn’t go to Michigan

48:25: On parties All-Star weekend

51:05: On All-Star weekend and what they’re looking forward to

54:15: On Zach LaVine and if he could be a surprise entry into slam dunk contest

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:

Watch: Bulls' Thad Young shows no mercy playing sons in pickup basketball

Watch: Bulls' Thad Young shows no mercy playing sons in pickup basketball

If you thought the NBA's hiatus was going to stop Thad Young from busting dudes up, think again.

Thursday morning, Young's wife Shekinah posted a video of Thad and his two sons playing pickup on the back porch of their home. There's some real character-building stuff in here:

Thad sets the tone early by jumping a passing lane and turning a steal into a dunk, then following that up with a slick behind-the-back cross into a running hook.

"Dunked on." 

"Buckets."

Of course, he had to let the kids get in on the fun for a bit, too (while still swatting a shot or two). But the play that capped the video off was just plain vicious. It began with Thad picking his older son's pocket ("Your dad ripped you," Shekinah called from the sideline), followed by ten seconds of post-up bully-ball leading to both an open dunk and his sons running into each other. All while his younger son bemoaned Thad "guarding us too hard." 

Oh yeah, and he did all of this in slippers. 

All in a day's fun at the Young residence. We'll just keep eagerly awaiting the day we get to see Young whip out some of these moves in a Bulls uniform again.

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Bulls observations: Bulls make statement in Game 1 drubbing of Magic

Bulls observations: Bulls make statement in Game 1 drubbing of Magic

The Bulls beat the absolute brakes off the Magic in Game 1 of the ’96 Eastern Conference Finals 121-83. This team has largely cruised through the playoffs to this point, but their best basketball still lies ahead. Observations:

Not last year’s Bulls

The more I watch of this Bulls team, the more obvious it becomes how ahead of their time they were. The lineup of Ron Harper, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoc and Dennis Rodman is so modern in its defensive versatility and devastating fastbreak ability — a pace-and-space, switch-everything death lineup before it was cool

And even with Luc Longley inserted at the center spot, every player 1-4 could switch anything defensively, make plays offensively and get out on the break, all with a more-than-solid post defender anchoring the middle. The Bulls largely shied away from doubling Shaquille O’Neal tonight with Longley in the game, and Big Luc held up admirably. At one point in the third quarter, he and O’Neal were level in scoring, and Longley graced this game with a number of thunderous dunks en route to 14 points on 7-for-9.

Moreover, this didn’t look like the 1995 Bulls, who fell to the Magic in the second round of the playoffs. They made that clear from the jump, bursting out to an 11-0 run to start the game and never letting up. Their league-best defense hadn’t looked this smothering in this entire run to this point (they swiped 12 steals tonight, ever a persistent, festering whirlwind of limbs) — from start to the absolute finish.

 

Ahmad Rashad reported just before tip that the key to the Bulls finding an advantage in this postseason’s go-around with Orlando was that they had their “edge” back. I’d say so.

Numbers that stood out

Normally, a 62-28 rebounding advantage imbues a blowout (this one was) in which the losing side misses a seismic amount of shots. But not so fast: The Magic shot 47.9% from the field and actually missed less shots than the Bulls (Orlando was 35-for-73 from the field, Chicago 53-for-96). 

The difference was the offensive glass. Behind seven offensive rebounds (21 total) from Dennis Rodman, who feasted on tip-ins all night, the Bulls as a team corralled 20 offensive boards in this one. The Magic’s leading total rebounder was Shaquille O’Neal with six, and they had just 22 defensive rebounds as a team. These aren’t the bruising Knicks anymore — who, for the record, the Bulls dominated on the glass, as well.

Crisp passing from both sides, but especially the Bulls, also leapt off the screen. Much was made throughout this one of the Bulls’ focus on improving their ball movement from that series against New York. Put simply, they did. Though Jordan led the team in scoring with a pedestrian 21 points, they had six players in double-figures and every Bull who played scored. Separate behind the back feeds from Pippen, Kukoc, and Kerr, as well as savvy touch passes from Kukoc and Rodman (off rebounds) were beautiful.

And… Drumroll, please… The Bulls slung 37 assists. Jim Boylen would be proud.

Hey look, it’s that guy!

  • Lil’ Penny!

Big Penny had a game-high 38 points and was so damn smooth throughout.

  • Horace Grant was back in town one year after being carried off the floor in Orlando when the Magic knocked out the immediate post-Jordan-return Bulls in '95. He visibly struggled with an injured elbow throughout, then left the game in the third quarter after a collision with Shaq re-aggravated it. He won’t return this series.

  • This deafeningly loud suit donned by an injured Darrell Armstrong is splendid:

 

  • Bill Walton was featured in the NBC broadcast crew for this one, slightly softening the blow of saying goodbye to Tom Dore and Johnny “Red” Kerr for the remainder of this run. It was a relatively tame day from Walton but hopefully, he had his moments. Side note: NBC interviewed the Magic’s general manager in the United Center tunnel on Grant’s injury. How times have changed. 

  • Not a guy, but these are… Something:

Game 2 Friday. Hopefully the Magic join us. 

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