Bulls Talk Podcast: Conversation with Sun-Times reporter Joe Cowley


Bulls Talk Podcast: Conversation with Sun-Times reporter Joe Cowley

On this edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Schanowski is joined by Sun-Times Bulls beat writer Joe Cowley.

0:45 - On perception that Cowley is looking for negative stories

3:00 - On making the switch from covering the White Sox to the Bulls; his relationship with Jerry Reinsdorf

5:50 - On misconceptions about Michael Reinsdorf

8:05 - On Jim Boylen and why he’s so well-liked by the front office

11:10 - On relationship between Boylen and Zach LaVine, impact of Otto Porter trade

15:05 - On the Porter trade working out better than expectations

18:30 - On future of Kris Dunn with the Bulls

20:05 - On potential of Bulls landing free agent Patrick Beverley

22:40 - On Bulls needing a ‘tough guy’ on the court

24:25 - Potential of Robin Lopez returning, draft won’t impact the decision

27:10 - Is Derrick Rose a potential option next season?

30:30 - Should Bulls have done more in trying to build around Jimmy Butler?

32:30 - Why Kyrie Irving will be first major move of the NBA offseason

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

Bulls Talk Podcast


NBC Sports Chicago to present 'Derrick Rose Week' starting Monday, June 8

NBC Sports Chicago to present 'Derrick Rose Week' starting Monday, June 8

Chicago, IL (June 3, 2020) – NBC Sports Chicago has announced additional primetime pro game replacement programming as the network will deliver a special week of multi-platform content featuring “Classic” game performances and expanded digital/audio coverage highlighting one of the most talented players in Chicago Bulls history, Derrick Rose.  In his seven-season stint with the Bulls, the Chicago native/Simeon Career Academy grad earned numerous league honors including “Rookie of the Year” in 2009, three NBA All-Star Game appearances (2010-12), along with being named the NBA’s “Most Valuable Player” in 2011, becoming the youngest player in league history to earn the award at age 22.

NBC Sports Chicago will honor the Bulls great with “Derrick Rose Week presented by Saint Xavier University” starting up Monday, June 8 at 7:00 PM CT with the first of five-straight nights of “Classic” game performances beginning with Rose’s very first NBA Playoff game from 2009, a standout 36-point performance against Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and the Boston Celtics.  Please note the full “Derrick Rose Week” ‘Classic game schedule below; all games air at 7:00 PM. (NOTES: Authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers can also stream every “Derrick Rose Week” Classic match-up online via NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive; game replays will only be made available to viewers within NBC Sports Chicago’s designated viewing territory; schedule subject to change).

Monday, June 8
2009 NBA Eastern Conf Quarterfinals-Game 1: Bulls at Boston (From 4/18/09 -- 105-103 Bulls win; #7-seed Bulls pull off Game 1 opening round shocker at “The Garden” as Rose pumps in 36 pts. in his NBA Playoffs debut)

Tuesday, June 9
Bulls at Phoenix (From 1/22/10 -- 115-104 Bulls win; Rose’s memorable, gravity-defying dunk over Goran Dragic was the icing on the cake in this solid 32 point/5 assist/3 steal performance)

Wednesday, June 10
Bulls vs. Detroit (From 10/30/10 -- 101-91 Bulls win; 2010-11 season Home Opener; Rose w/39 points and 7 assists; Bulls go on a 19-2 fourth quarter run)

Thursday, June 11
Bulls at Milwaukee (From 3/7/12 -- 106-104 Bulls win; one of D-Rose’s most memorable games, a 30 point/11 assist/8 rebound effort which was capped off with his thrilling GW buzzer-beater)

Friday, June 12
2015 NBA Eastern Conf Quarterfinals-Game 3: Bulls at Milwaukee (From 4/23/15 -- 113-106 2OT Bulls win; Rose dominates the Bucks with 34 points and 8 assists giving the Bulls a 3-0 first round series lead)

In addition to NBC Sports Chicago’s “Classic” game telecasts, fans can also look forward to the following enhanced “Derrick Rose Week” digital/audio content:

DIGITAL COVERAGE -- NBCSportsChicago.com & “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app

Led by NBC Sports Chicago’s Bulls “Insider” K.C. Johnson, along with multi-platform Bulls contributor Rob Schaefer, fans can look forward to expanded “Derrick Rose Week” digital coverage via NBCSportsChicago.com and the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app (NOTE:  Fans located anywhere in the U.S. can download MyTeams for free on iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store).  Among the digital-exclusive highlights include:

-    In-depth columns focusing on the “Complexity of Rose’s career,” “What if D-Rose never got injured?”, “Rose’s Hall of Fame Case” and more.
-    Web Gallery Blitz: Youngest MVP’s every sport, Top Chicago-native draft picks, Rose’s most impactful teammates, Top 10 Chicago high school hoops players and THE best D-Rose rap references.
-    Videos On Demand: Stacey King’s top D-Rose calls, Rose’s MVP speech, Top Rose moments & dunks, a Rose-Simeon Career Academy highlights mixtape and much more.
-    Trivia: Fans will learn even more about D-Rose throughout the week with numerous fun facts.


•    PODCASTS: Bulls fans can look forward to special “Derrick Rose Week” editions of NBC Sports Chicago’s popular “BULLS TALK” Podcast featuring Jason Goff and K.C. Johnson, along with special guests.  Fans can download all of NBC Sports Chicago’s podcasts at NBCSportsChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn or iHeart.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.

•    SOCIAL MEDIA: NBC Sports Chicago’s social media portals on Facebook (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago), Twitter (@NBCSBulls) and Instagram (‘NBCSChicago’) will also provide fans with massive “Derrick Rose Week” content beginning Monday, June 8.

NOTE:  For the latest news, analysis, team/league updates and team-specific podcasts, fans are urged to visit NBCSportsChicago.com or download the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app.  

NBC Sports Chicago, a partnership between the Chicago Blackhawks (NHL), Chicago Bulls (NBA), Chicago White Sox (MLB) and the NBC Sports Group, features over 275 live pro games in high definition each year.  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago delivers extensive pre/post-game coverage for its core pro team partners, as well as Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs multi-platform coverage, plus - local sports discussion programs that includes SportsTalk Live, and massive cross-platform coverage provided by the network’s growing digital platform, NBCSportsChicago.com, the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app, and its variety of fan-focused social media outlets. Fans can follow the network on Twitter via @NBCSChicago.  

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Breaking down new details of the NBA’s plan to resume 2019-20 season

Breaking down new details of the NBA’s plan to resume 2019-20 season

The NBA is back, but the Bulls won't be returning with it.

In advance of a Board of Governors call Thursday that is reportedly expected to culminate in owners approving a final plan for resuming the 2019-20 season, details on the league’s proposed regular season resolution and play-in tournament have emerged via multiple outlets.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • 22 teams will be invited to Orlando, Fla. to complete the 2019-20 season. Target date of July 31 to resume, with a potential Game 7 of the NBA Finals falling on Oct. 12 (via ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski)

  • Those 22 teams will be the current 16 playoff teams, plus all non-playoff teams within six games of their conference’s eighth seed — i.e. the Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards (via Wojnarowski)

  • Each of the 22 teams invited will play out eight regular season games for seeding purposes (via Wojnarowski)

  • At the end of those games, if the ninth seed is more than four games behind the eighth seed, the eighth seed is automatically awarded a playoff spot (via The Athletic’s Shams Charania)

  • If the ninth seed is within four games of the eighth seed, the two teams will play out a mini play-in tournament for the eighth seed. Single-elimination for the ninth seed, double-elimination for the eighth seed (via Charania)

Yes, that all adds up to no more Bulls games in the 2019-20 calendar. 

The league had reportedly previously discussed a litany of alternative formats, including all 30 teams returning to resolve the regular season. Sources told NBC Sports Chicago that the Bulls expressed a desire to return if the league determined that a 30-team scenario was most beneficial, but emphasized safety concerns for the entire traveling party as their main priority.

Returning to play would have allowed the new management regime of Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley to observe coach Jim Boylen in practice and game settings, as well as avoid the scenario of a young team going over nine months between games, given that the start of the 2020-21 season will be pushed back.

Still, the team has opened the Advocate Center for voluntary, socially distanced workouts with coaches. Karnisovas and Eversley were scheduled to travel to Chicago. Even if the Bulls don’t play basketball again this season, the evaluation process will continue for those players in Chicago.

Wojnarowski also reported that the draft and free agency are expected to occur sequentially in October. Though the 2020-21 season beginning on Christmas Day has been widely reported and speculated, two months and change is an incredibly tight window to squeeze the draft, free agency, summer league, training camps and a preseason — normally, roughly four months is allotted for the offseason, which includes a decompressatory month of August.

Regardless of those specifics, once again, the bounce of the lottery ball will be one to watch for Bulls fans.

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