NBC Sports Chicago announces Bulls home opener & expanded season-long, multi-platform coverage


NBC Sports Chicago announces Bulls home opener & expanded season-long, multi-platform coverage

NBC Sports Chicago’s 45-Game Bulls Regular Season Game Schedule gets underway with the 2018-19 HOME OPENER against the Central Division rival Detroit Pistons on Saturday, October 20!

HOME OPENER coverage - featuring veteran Bulls expert/multi-platform host MARK SCHANOWSKI, along with former Bulls standouts KENDALL GILL & WILL PERDUE, and new Bulls in-game reporter KELLY CRULL - to include on-site United Center remote editions of “Bulls Pre/Postgame Live,” plus - expanded social media coverage via every NBC Sports Chicago portal all day/night!

Highlighted match-ups on NBC Sports Chicago’s Bulls telecast schedule to feature the only home game telecast against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, a road battle against the two-time defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, plus – a special international road telecast against the Orlando Magic from Mexico City!

RETURNING THIS SEASON: Live streaming coverage of EVERY Regular Season Bulls telecast on NBC Sports Chicago – including all Pre/Postgame Shows –

to be made available to authenticated subscribers on NBCSportsChicago.com!

RETURNING THIS SEASON: NBC Sports Chicago to carry “Bulls Pre/Postgame Live” before/after EVERY GAME (including all games airing on WGN, TNT, and ESPN)!

RETURNING THIS SEASON: Bulls Legend/Four-Time NBA Champion HORACE GRANT to once again be a featured analyst as part of NBC Sports Chicago’s Bulls Coverage Team!

NBCSportsChicago.com to feature additional in-depth coverage from Bulls digital reporter/producer MARK STROTMAN; along with new editions of the popular “BullsTalk Podcast,”

Expanded Social Media highlights to include Bulls-focused editions of Facebook Live, enhanced coverage on Instagram & Instagram Stories,

plus 24/7 Twitter updates from NBC Sports Chicago crew of Bulls experts and much more!

“Bulls Season Preview” special to air Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 PM CT!

Chicago, IL (October 10, 2018) – NBC Sports Chicago – THE Home of the #AuthenticFan – is once again ready to deliver another thrill-packed season of NBA action with 45 (22 home, 23 road) live regular season Chicago Bulls games (including live streaming to authenticated subscribers via NBCSportsChicago.com).  NBC Sports Chicago is also announcing the return of LIVE pre/postgame coverage for EVERY Bulls telecast (including games airing on WGN, TNT, and ESPN), along with its most expansive digital/social coverage to date and much more!

NBC Sports Chicago will carry its first game of the 2018-19 Chicago Bulls regular season on Saturday, October 20 with the HOME OPENER as the Bulls host the Central Division rival Detroit Pistons.  In addition to its expanded social media coverage throughout the day on its social media portals, game night coverage on NBC Sports Chicago begins with a special, ONE-HOUR United Center remote edition of Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Light at 6:00 PM CT (featuring veteran Bulls expert/multi-platform host Mark Schanowski, along with pre-game analysis from former Bulls standouts/fan favorites Kendall Gill and Will Perdue). ALSO -- Bulls fans will also see new face on the team beat this season as NBC Sports Chicago’s Kelly Crull will provide in-depth, in-game reports and sideline commentary for every Bulls home game telecast this season. 

Tip-off for the Home Opener on Sat, Oct. 20 gets underway at 7:00 PM featuring the always-entertaining announcing tandem of veteran Bulls play-by-play announcer Neil Funk and three-time Bulls/NBA champion & fan favorite Stacey King providing game analysis.  Bulls Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois immediately follows the final buzzer featuring live post-game press conferences, live locker room player interviews, full highlights and complete post-game analysis.  Please note NBC Sports Chicago’s complete Bulls HOME OPENER coverage details below:

(THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE AFTERNOON/EVENING) NBC Sports Chicago’s social media outlets will provide fans with a multitude of Opening Night “Sights & Sounds” moments from the United Center throughout the day/night featuring enhanced cross-platform coverage on Facebook (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) and Twitter (@NBCSChicago & @NBCSBulls), with additional photos/quick video offerings from ‘NBCSChicago’ via Instagram and Instagram Live. In addition, fans can look forward to special pregame segments on Facebook Live and live Periscope segments on Twitter. 

6:00 PM – Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Light – Opening Night coverage from the UC gets underway with a special, ONE-HOUR edition of Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Light featuring host Mark Schanowski, along with analysts Kendall Gill and Will Perdue.  In addition to up-to-the-minute pre-game updates provided by Bulls in-game reporter Kelly Crull, this half-hour show will feature a complete player match-up breakdown, interviews with Bulls players and coaches, along with a look around the league at additional games taking place during the NBA’s opening week of action.

7:00 PM – HOME OPENER – Chicago Bulls vs. Detroit Pistons – Featuring the always-entertaining announcing tandem – entering their 11th season together – of Neil Funk and Stacey King, along with sideline reports via Kelly Crull.

9:30 PM – Bulls Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois (time approx.) – Hosted by Schanowski, and featuring Gill, Perdue, and Crull, Bulls Postgame Live will provide fans with a thorough game recap/highlights/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews, along with preview of the Bulls upcoming match-ups.

10:30 PM – Bulls vs. Detroit (game replay)

For the second-straight season, which includes the team’s road/season opener on Thursday, October 18 at Philadelphia, NBC Sports Chicago will be providing its viewers with surrounding Bulls Pre/Postgame Live coverage for EVERY game (home and road) on the Bulls schedule, which includes local broadcast Bulls telecasts airing on WGN-TV, along with exclusive national games airing on either TNT or ESPN.  These additional airings of Bulls Pre/Postgame Live will feature primary host Mark Schanowski, along with a rotation of studio hosts/analysts, including Kendall Gill, Will Perdue, and Kelly Crull.  On nights of home games, Crull will also provide viewers with pre/post-game reports and locker room interviews.  NOTE: Due to live game programming airing on the main NBC Sports Chicago channel location on occasion, a number of Bulls Pre/Postgame Live editions will air on the network’s alternate channel, NBC Sports Chicago+.

ALSO this season – NBC Sports Chicago welcomes the return of Bulls legend/four-time NBA Champion HORACE GRANT as part of its Bulls Pre/Postgame Live crew for a number of select games on the network’s Bulls season schedule.  Grant, known for his trademark on-court goggles, spent 17 standout seasons in the NBA as one of the league’s dominant power forwards and helped guide the Bulls with his fellow teammates Michael Jordan & Scottie Pippen to three consecutive NBA titles (1991, 1992, 1993). 

Throughout the season, EVERY Bulls game telecast airing on NBC Sports Chicago, including surrounding pre/postgame coverage, will be accessible live via NBCSportsChicago.com to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers.  The live streaming service is currently available to customers of Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, Time Warner Cable and Charter among numerous other carriers.  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago is also available on a variety streaming services including DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV.  For a full list of carriers and more information about NBC Sports Chicago’s live streaming service of Bulls games, viewers are urged to visit the following link: nbcsportschicago.com/live-faq

In addition, on Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 CT, Bulls fans can look forward to a sneak preview of the 2018-19 NBA season with the Bulls Season Preview presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois special.  Hosted by Schanowski, along with analysts Gill and Perdue, this half-hour special, filled with player/coaches interviews and a detailed season preview analysis, will provide viewers with a comprehensive look at this year’s Bulls roster and all the off-season trades & acquisitions that will have fans prepped for the Opening Night tip-off.  NOTE: the Bulls Season Preview special is also scheduled to re-air on Tue, Oct. 16 at 10:00 PM, along with Wed, Oct. 17 at 11:00 PM & Thu, Oct. 18 at 5:30 PM.

In addition to its live stream of every NBC Sports Chicago Bulls game telecast, NBCSportsChicago.com will also provide fans with even more exclusive Bulls content throughout the season including the following:

  • NBCSportsChicago.com will stream EVERY Bulls postgame press conference LIVE - providing insider access to head coach Fred Hoiberg addressing the media as it happens – as part of the “Bulls Postgame Live” stream.
  • NBCSportsChicago.com Bulls digital reporter and producer Mark Strotman (@markstrot) to provide additional, in-depth Bulls/NBA reports and features throughout the season. Fans are also urged to follow @NBCSBulls on Twitter for full team coverage, #AuthenticFan Night updates, fan photos and game day news throughout the 2018-19 NBA season.
  • Video highlights from every Bulls game, including in-game highlights at halftime, as well as extensive post-game reaction from the locker room and analysis from the “Bulls Postgame Live” team.
  • “Bulls in :60” - If fans miss a game and want to know what went down, “Bulls in :60” answers the call by providing a quick, sixty-second game recap & highlights package available on NBCSportsChicago.com and across the network’s social media channels.
  • “BullsTalk PODCAST” (presented by Coors Light) – Featuring Bulls expert/multi-platform host Mark Schanowski, digital reporter/producer Mark Strotman, Bulls Pre/Postgame Live producer Kevin Anderson, along with an array of special guests, NBC Sports Chicago’s popular “BullsTalk” podcast features in-depth Bulls discussion on the hottest topics and breaking news throughout the season. Fans can download all of NBC Sports Chicago’s podcasts at NBCSportsChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.
  • BullsTalk (NBCSportsChicago.com/Bulls) - NBCSportsChicago.com’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive Bulls news, video features, recaps/previews, and original commentary section, features continually updated insights from the network’s talent, which includes the “BullsTalk PODCAST.”
  • Social media - Fans can also follow and connect with NBC Sports Chicago’s extensive Bulls coverage 24/7 on Facebook (including numerous “Facebook Live” segments with NBC Sports Chicago talent), Instagram and Snapchat at ‘NBCSChicago’






2018 - 2019 Chicago Bulls Schedule




  1. Sat, Oct 20           vs. Detroit                                7:00 pm         HOME OPENER!
  2. Mon, Oct. 22        @ Dallas                                  7:30 pm
  3. Wed, Oct. 24        vs. Charlotte                            7:00 pm
  4. Sat, Oct. 27          @ Atlanta                                6:30 pm        
  5. Wed, Oct. 31        vs. Denver                               7:00 pm        
  6. Fri, Nov. 2            vs. Indiana                               7:00 pm
  7. Wed, Nov. 7         @ New Orleans                        7:00 pm
  8. Mon, Nov. 12        vs. Dallas                                 7:00 pm         NBCSCH+
  9. Wed, Nov. 14       @ Boston                                 6:30 pm        
  10. Sat, Nov. 17         vs. Toronto                               7:00 pm
  11. Wed, Nov. 21       vs. Phoenix                               7:00 pm
  12. Mon, Nov. 26        vs. San Antonio                        7:00 pm        
  13. Sat, Dec. 1           @ Houston                               7:00 pm
  14. Tue, Dec. 4          @ Indiana                                 6:00 pm
  15. Fri, Dec. 7            vs. Oklahoma City                    7:00 pm
  16. Mon, Dec. 10        vs. Sacramento                        7:00 pm
  17. Thu, Dec. 13        @ Orlando (from Mexico City)   8:30 pm
  18. Fri, Dec. 21          vs. Orlando                               7:00 pm        
  19. Sun, Dec. 23        @ Cleveland                             5:00 pm
  20. Wed, Dec. 26       vs. Minnesota                           7:00 pm
  21. Sun, Dec. 30        @ Toronto                                5:00 pm
  22. Sun, Jan. 6           vs. Brooklyn                             2:30 pm        
  23. Fri, Jan. 11           @ Golden State                       9:30 pm        
  24. Sat, Jan. 12          @ Utah                                    9:30 pm
  25. Thu, Jan. 17         @ Denver                                8:00 pm         NBCSCH+
  26. Mon, Jan. 21        @ Cleveland                             12:00 pm
  27. Fri, Jan. 25           vs. Los Angeles Clippers           7:00 pm
  28. Wed, Jan. 30        @ Miami                                  6:30 pm        
  29. Wed, Feb. 6         vs. New Orleans                       7:00 pm
  30. Fri, Feb. 8            @ Brooklyn                               6:30 pm
  31. Mon, Feb. 11        vs. Milwaukee                          7:00 pm
  32. Sat, Feb. 23         vs. Boston                                7:00 pm
  33. Mon, Feb. 25        vs. Milwaukee                          7:00 pm
  34. Wed, Feb. 27       @ Memphis                              7:00 pm
  35. Fri, Mar. 1            @ Atlanta                                 6:30 pm
  36. Fri, Mar. 8            vs. Detroit                                7:00 pm
  37. Sun, Mar. 10        @ Detroit                                  11:00 am      
  38. Tue, Mar. 12        vs. Los Angeles Lakers             7:00 pm
  39. Mon, Mar. 18        @ Phoenix                               9:00 pm         NBCSCH+
  40. Wed, Mar. 20       vs. Washington                         7:00 pm        
  41. Tue, Mar. 26        @ Toronto                                6:30 pm
  42. Wed, Mar. 27       vs. Portland                              7:00 pm
  43. Mon, Apr. 1          @ New York                             6:30 pm
  44. Wed, Apr. 3          @ Washington                         6:00 pm
  45. Wed, Apr. 10        @ Philadelphia                         7:00 pm



22 Home, 23 Road regular season games

Total: 45 games


All Times Central Time

Schedule Subject to Change



Justin Holiday continues to string together solid efforts amid tough Bulls losses


Justin Holiday continues to string together solid efforts amid tough Bulls losses

The Bulls came out on fire against the Bucks, putting up 40 points in an explosive first quarter. Unfortunately they followed that up by scoring 41 points in the second half. But the offense of Jabari Parker and Justin Holiday was pretty much the only thing working for Chicago on Friday night.

Holiday’s effectiveness as an aggressive, dependable floor-spacer continues to showcase what makes him such a valuable NBA player. Unfortunately, that value has been mostly squandered on a Bulls team that lacks a diverse offensive attack.

Holiday contributed 9 points on 3-3 shooting from the 3-point line in the first quarter. He kept this momentum rolling in the second, and ended up not missing a single shot in the first half. Holiday ended the first half 6-6 from the 3-point line but went on to only score once more in the second half. He ended the game with 20 points, the second-leading scorer on the night for Chicago.

On a night where Zach LaVine was clearly gassed from the burden of carrying the offense all season (6-20 from the field), only Parker could provide a solid secondary option. Parker’s effectiveness also tapered off dramatically in the second half, as he stopped taking 3-pointers and didn’t get to the free throw line at all. Early season struggles were to be expected from Parker, as he is on a new team with a roster full of young players. But his shot selection is what has been so frustrating to watch. 

Results do not have to be immediate, but seeing as Parker is taking a greater percentage of his shots from long 2-point range than last season, it is clear he hasn’t fully bought in to the idea of getting all the way to the basket or shooting the 3-pointer without hesitation. And that is why players like Holiday—one of Hoiberg’s loyal soldiers from his first year as Bulls coach—are so crucial.

It is clear that Hoiberg’s preferred playing style has stuck with Holiday and hopefully, that it can rub off on the other players.

We have discussed before how his 3-point attempt rate (72 percent) is the perfect indicator of how often he is hunting the 3-point shot. But the problem is that this current Bulls roster needs more players who create 3-point looks for others, rather than knock them down.

Heading into Friday night’s game, Holiday had been assisted on 72 percent of his 2-point shots and 95 percent of his 3-point shots. This season, he has been assisted on 57 percent of his 2-point shots and 90 percent of his 3-point shots. This is an alarming sign for the Holiday, as he has never been a player known for creating his own shot and the decline in assisted baskets means he is being forced outside of his comfort zone on offense.

It is no coincidence that Holiday’s 3-point percentage in November (35 percent) is lower than his 3-point percentage in October (40 percent). He played 34 minutes per game in October before that number got increased to 37 minutes per game in November. Holiday has been in the top 10 in minutes all year and there is no end in sight for his tremendous minutes load with the Bulls being so thin on the wing.

The 2019 NBA offseason for Chicago will likely be about finding players they can comfortably play at the small forward spot. But Bulls fans should appreciate Holiday’s play while he’s here, as he has been one of the team’s more consistent players. Holiday has done a decent amount of leading by example—especially when it comes to playing the way Hoiberg wants to—and continues to show why he can continue to be a valuable piece on this Bulls team.

Bulls follow best half of the year with worst quarter in franchise history

Bulls follow best half of the year with worst quarter in franchise history

Through two quarters the Bulls looked to be on their way to making the right kind of franchise history on Friday night in Milwaukee.

Then the third quarter happened and in a flash the Bulls were on an all too familiar other side of it.

The Milwaukee Bucks poured it on in the third quarter of their 123-104 victory, outscoring the Bulls 46-17 that included a 41-11 run at one point.

What made the third quarter even more depressing was how well the Bulls played in the first half. It was arguably their best half of the season, leading the 10-4 Bucks by 18 despite being 15-point underdogs.

Jabari Parker and Justin Holiday were filling in admirably as second options for the ailing Zach LaVine, something they hadn't done in past games as LaVine continued to rack up massive usage rates on a nightly basis.

Holiday made all six of his 3-point attempts and Parker stayed hot early in games with 15 first-quarter points and had 17 on 12 shots at the break. It was the perfect recipe for success, and the fact that they led as many point as they did with LaVine scoring just nine on 12 shots made it all the more impressive.

The good play didn't last. It's not all that surprising that Milwaukee made a run in the second half. They're arguably the East's second best team (the Bulls will play the best on Saturday night) and were 6-1 at home with the frontrunner for league MVP.

What was surprising is that it happened so quickly and that everything the Bulls did right in the first 24 minutes got totally flipped on its head.

The third quarter was a nightmare to say the least. It took the Bucks less than 8 minutes to erase the 18-point deficit, with a Thon Maker 3-pointer in the final minute of the quarter giving Milwaukee an 86-75 lead, capping off that ridiculous 41-12 run.

The Bucks shot 16 of 24 in the third period, with three different players (Bledsoe, Antetokounmpo, Middleton) scoring 9 or more points. The Bulls, meanwhile, went 1 for 10 from beyond the arc, 6-for-23 from the field and had five turnovers after just six in the first half. They wound up scoring 41 points after halftime - Milwaukee scored 78 - one more than they scored in that first quarter.

They finished with five assists and six turnovers in the second half after a 17:6 ratio in the first two quarters. Holiday hit a floater early in the third but went scoreless the rest of the evening, finishing with a pretty-in-the-box-score 20 points but not much else. Parker went 2-for-7 with two turnovers in the second half.

LaVine, battling an illness, had another horrid shooting performance, going 6 of 20 and scoring 15 points in 34 uninspiring minutes.

It's hard to describe just how bad it was. Fred Hoiberg has said in the past he doesn't want to keep using the fact that his team is young as an excuse, but it's the truth. They're not yet ready to handle adversity, especially with three core players out. They weren't going to shoot 9 for 15 from deep in the second half like they did in the first, but when things went sour the Bulls had no way to stop it.

And they once again made the wrong kind of history with a third quarter that somehow was worse than the 46-17 score looks.