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NBC Sports Chicago begins a new era of Chicago Bulls basketball

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NBC Sports Chicago begins a new era of Chicago Bulls basketball

Chicago, IL (October 21, 2019) – NBC Sports Chicago – THE NEW EXCLUSIVE HOME of the Blackhawks, Bulls, and White Sox – ushers in a brand new era of CHICAGO BULLS BASKETBALL with the most games on one network in Chicago sports history, which includes live streaming of EVERY GAME and surrounding game coverage to authenticated subscribers via NBCSportsChicago.com and the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app (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), along with its most expansive digital/social coverage to date and much more!


NBC Sports Chicago will carry the first of 82 regular season Bulls telecasts on Wednesday, October 23, as the Bulls travel to face the Eastern Conference rival Charlotte Hornets LIVE from the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC.  Expanded game night coverage begins with a special, ONE-HOUR edition of Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Light at 5:00 PM CT featuring NBC Sports Chicago’s new Bulls game night studio host and Chicago sports media fan favorite Jason Goff, with pregame analysis to be provided by former Bulls standouts Kendall Gill and Will Perdue, plus - fans can look forward to the latest pregame team news/player updates from Charlotte via NBC Sports Chicago’s new Bulls “Insider”/veteran NBA expert K.C. Johnson.


Tip-off is set for 6:00 PM CT on October 23 featuring Bulls play-by-play broadcasting legend Neil Funk (now in his 47th year in broadcasting and 28th announcing Chicago Bulls basketball), who recently announced he will retire at the end of the 2019-20 season.  Stacey King, three-time Bulls NBA Champion, now in his 14th season as a Bulls broadcaster, will handle analysis for every Bulls game on NBC Sports Chicago this season. (NOTE: Funk will handle play-by-play duties for every Bulls home game telecast, along with select road games. For road games Funk is absent, the Bulls plan to slot in various play-by-play announcers alongside King. The Bulls will provide an update on a substitute announcer schedule at a later date). Bulls Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois - featuring Goff, Gill, and Perdue - immediately follows the final buzzer featuring live post-game press conferences, live locker room player interviews, full highlights and comprehensive post-game analysis. Immediately following every edition of Bulls Postgame Live, viewers can look forward to Bulls Outsiders, featuring the hottest game night takes and spirited commentary from the always-entertaining trio of die-hard Bulls fans, Matt Peck, David Watson and John Sabine. The fan-interactive Bulls Outsiders also streams live on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and on Facebook Live (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) and enables viewers to send in their comments and questions to the Outsiders crew.

Then, on Saturday, October 26, NBC Sports Chicago will provide Bulls fans with expanded, day-long multi-platform coverage of the HOME OPENER, as the Bulls host the defending NBA Champion Toronto Raptors; note the following complete game day/night coverage details:

(THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE AFTERNOON/EVENING) – NBC Sports Chicago’s variety of 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.

6:30 PM – Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Light – Opening Night coverage from the United Center gets underway with Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Light featuring host Jason Goff, along with analysts Kendall Gill, Will Perdue and Bulls “Insider” K.C. Johnson.  In addition to the up-to-the-minute pre-game updates provided by NBC Sports Chicago’s new Bulls home game sideline reporter Leila Rahimi, Bulls Pregame Live will also feature a complete player match-up breakdown, interviews with Bulls players and coaches, along with a look at all the fun and entertaining Bulls Opening Night festivities from the UC.

7:00 PM – HOME OPENER – Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors – Featuring the game call via Neil Funk and Stacey King, along with sideline reports provided by Leila Rahimi.

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

10:00 PM – Bulls Outsiders (time approx.) – Hosted by Matt Peck, David Watson and John Sabine, fans can look forward to the trio’s “fans perspective” on the evening’s game, plus – fans can also submit their comments and questions to the hosts via Facebook Live (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago).

10:30 PM – Bulls vs. Toronto (game replay on NBC Sports Chicago+)

In addition, airing TONIGHT (Mon, Oct. 21) at 7:00 PM CT, Bulls fans can look forward to a special sneak preview of the 2019-20 NBA season with the Bulls Season Preview presented BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois special.  Hosted by Goff, Gill and Perdue, the Bulls Season Preview special will provide viewers with detailed season preview analysis, along with a comprehensive look at this year’s Bulls roster, including an in-depth at the rookies and new acquisitions. (NOTE: This program will also stream live on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app)

 

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

  • K.C. JOHNSON – One of the most respected NBA beat reporters in the nation and a Bulls beat veteran for close to two decades, Johnson joins NBC Sports Chicago as its new Bulls “Insider and will provide in-depth Bulls coverage on NBCSportsChicago.com and the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app all season long. Johnson can be followed on Twitter at @KCJHoop.
  • MARK SCHANOWSKI – NBC Sports Chicago’s veteran Bulls/NBA expert will continue to provide Bulls fans with feature stories and analysis all season long on a variety of NBC Sports Chicago platforms. Schanowski can be followed on Twitter at @MarkSchanowski.
  • NBCSportsChicago.com will stream EVERY Bulls postgame press conference LIVE - providing insider access to head coach Jim Boylen addressing the media as it happens as part of the “Bulls Postgame Live” stream.
  • 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 Talk PODCAST” (presented by Coors Light) – Featuring NBC Sports Chicago’s Jason Goff, Kendall Gill, Will Perdue, K.C. Johnson, and an array of special guests, NBC Sports Chicago’s popular “Bulls Talk” 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 (including the “Bulls Outsiders” podcast) 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.
  • Bulls Talk (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 “Bulls Talk PODCAST.”
  • Twitter - Fans are also urged to follow @NBCSBulls on Twitter for full team coverage, #AuthenticFan Night updates, fan photos and game day news throughout the 2019-20 NBA campaign.
  • Facebook & Instagram - Fans can also follow and connect with NBC Sports Chicago’s extensive Bulls coverage on Facebook (including numerous “Facebook Live” segments with NBC Sports Chicago talent), Instagram and Instagram Stories at ‘NBCSChicago’

 

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2019 - 2020 Chicago Bulls Schedule

 

 

REGULAR SEASON

    

  1. Wed, Oct 23         6:00 pm        @ Charlotte                         SEASON OPENER!
  2. Fri, Oct 25            7:00 pm        @ Memphis
  3. Sat, Oct 26           7:00 pm        vs. Toronto                          HOME OPENER!
  4. Mon, Oct 28         6:00 pm        @ New York
  5. Wed, Oct 30         6:00 pm        @ Cleveland
  6. Fri, Nov 1             7:00 pm        vs. Detroit
  7. Sun, Nov 3           4:00 pm        @ Indiana
  8. Tue, Nov 5           7:00 pm        vs. Los Angeles Lakers
  9. Wed, Nov 6          6:30 pm        @ Atlanta
  10. Sat, Nov 9            7:00 pm        vs. Houston                         NBCSCH+
  11. Tue, Nov 12         7:00 pm        vs. New York
  12. Thu, Nov 14         7:00 pm        @ Milwaukee
  13. Sat, Nov 16          5:00 pm        vs. Brooklyn
  14. Mon, Nov 18         7:00 pm        vs. Milwaukee
  15. Wed, Nov 20        7:00 pm        vs. Detroit
  16. Fri, Nov 22           7:00 pm        vs. Miami
  17. Sat, Nov 23          6:00 pm        @ Charlotte                         NBCSCH+
  18. Mon, Nov 25         7:00 pm        vs. Portland
  19. Wed, Nov 27        9:30 pm        @ Golden State
  20. Fri, Nov 29           9:00 pm        @ Portland
  21. Mon, Dec 2           9:00 pm        @ Sacramento                    NBCSCH+
  22. Wed, Dec 4          7:00 pm        vs. Memphis
  23. Fri, Dec 6             7:00 pm        vs. Golden State
  24. Sun, Dec 8           5:00 pm        @ Miami                             NBCSCH+
  25. Mon, Dec 9           7:00 pm        vs. Toronto
  26. Wed, Dec 11        7:00 pm        vs. Atlanta
  27. Fri, Dec 13           7:00 pm        vs. Charlotte
  28. Sat, Dec 14          7:00 pm        vs. Los Angeles Clippers     
  29. Mon, Dec 16         7:00 pm        @ Oklahoma City
  30. Wed, Dec 18        6:00 pm        @ Washington
  31. Sat, Dec 21          6:00 pm        @ Detroit
  32. Mon, Dec 23         6:00 pm        @ Orlando                          NBCSCH+
  33. Sat, Dec 28          7:00 pm        vs. Atlanta
  34. Mon, Dec 30         7:00 pm        vs. Milwaukee
  35. Thu, Jan 2            7:00 pm        vs. Utah
  36. Sat, Jan 4             7:00 pm        vs. Boston
  37. Mon, Jan 6           7:30 pm        @ Dallas
  38. Wed, Jan 8           7:00 pm        @ New Orleans
  39. Fri, Jan 10            7:00 pm        vs. Indiana
  40. Sat, Jan 11           6:00 pm        @ Detroit
  41. Mon, Jan 13         6:30 pm        @ Boston
  42. Wed, Jan 15         7:00 pm        vs. Washington                    NBCSCH+
  43. Fri, Jan 17            6:00 pm        @ Philadelphia                    
  44. Sat, Jan 18           7:00 pm        vs. Cleveland                       NBCSCH+
  45. Mon, Jan 20         4:00 pm        @ Milwaukee
  46. Wed, Jan 22         7:00 pm        vs. Minnesota
  47. Fri, Jan 24            7:00 pm        vs. Sacramento
  48. Sat, Jan 25           7:00 pm        @ Cleveland
  49. Mon, Jan 27         7:00 pm        vs. San Antonio
  50. Wed, Jan 29         6:00 pm        @ Indiana
  51. Fri, Jan 31            6:30 pm        @ Brooklyn
  52. Sun, Feb 2           2:00 pm        @ Toronto
  53. Thu, Feb 6           7:00 pm        vs. New Orleans
  54. Sun, Feb 9           5:00 pm        @ Philadelphia
  55. Tue, Feb 11          6:00 pm        @ Washington
  56. Thu, Feb 20          7:00 pm        vs. Charlotte
  57. Sat, Feb 22          7:00 pm        vs. Phoenix
  58. Sun, Feb 23         6:00 pm        vs. Washington
  59. Tue, Feb 25          7:00 pm        vs. Oklahoma City
  60. Sat, Feb 29          4:00 pm        @ New York
  61. Mon, Mar 2           7:00 pm        vs. Dallas
  62. Wed, Mar 4          7:00 pm        @ Minnesota
  63. Fri, Mar 6             7:00 pm        vs. Indiana                           NBCSCH+
  64. Sun, Mar 8           2:00 pm        @ Brooklyn
  65. Tue, Mar 10          7:00 pm        vs. Cleveland
  66. Thu, Mar 12          6:00 pm        @ Orlando
  67. Sat, Mar 14          7:00 pm        @ Miami                             NBCSCH+
  68. Sun, Mar 15         7:00 pm        vs. Boston
  69. Wed, Mar 18        7:00 pm        vs. Miami
  70. Fri, Mar 20           7:30 pm        @ San Antonio
  71. Sat, Mar 21          7:00 pm        @ Houston
  72. Mon, Mar 23         7:00 pm        vs. Denver
  73. Thu, Mar 26          7:00 pm        vs. Philadelphia
  74. Sat, Mar 28          7:00 pm        vs. New York
  75. Mon, Mar 30         8:00 pm        @ Utah
  76. Fri, Apr 3              8:00 pm        @ Denver
  77. Sun, Apr 5            5:00 pm        @ Phoenix
  78. Tue, Apr 7            9:30 pm        @ Los Angeles Lakers
  79. Wed, Apr 8           9:30 pm        @ Los Angeles Clippers
  80. Sat, Apr 11           7:00 pm        vs. Brooklyn
  81. Mon, Apr 13         7:00 pm        vs. Orlando
  82. Wed, Apr 15         6:30 pm        @ Boston

 

 

41 Home, 41 Road regular season games

Total: 82 games

 

NBCSCH+ (NBC Sports Chicago Plus) – please visit NBCSportsChicago.com/channel-finder for channel location information

All Times Central Time

Schedule Subject to Change

 

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.  

 

NBC Sports Regional Networks is NBC Sports Group’s portfolio of nine regional networks that delivers more than 2,200 live sporting events and original content to more than 35 million homes. Aligned within Eastern and Western Divisions, the NBC Sports Regional Networks are: NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBC Sports Philadelphia +, NBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Washington + and SNY; and NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Chicago/NBC Sports Chicago+, and NBC Sports Northwest. For more information on NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios, headshots and logos, please visit www.NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

 

 

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Bulls lose to Warriors for 2nd time in 10 days

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Bulls lose to Warriors for 2nd time in 10 days

On this edition of the Bulls Outsiders podcast, Matt Peck, David Watson, and John Sabine react to the Bulls 100-98 loss to the Warriors

0:45 - Reaction to loss and Bulls losing to Warriors again

2:30 - On 4th quarter struggles

3:30 - On Zach LaVine’s game-winning shot attempt

5:20 - Viewer comments on Coby White starting

9:20 - Viewer comment on Denzel Valentine leads to Matt rant

10:20 - Viewer comment on Wendell Carter

12:10 - Viewer comment on Sato needing to be more aggressive

13:30 - Viewer comment on Luke Kornet

16:35 - Viewer comment on Denzel Valentine talking trash to Warriors

18:00 - On LaVine not being the issue

19:00 - On Otto Porter’s injury and being out indefinitely

22:10 - Viewer comment on Bulls being contenders

23:50 - Viewer comment asking why Matt is always angry

24:50 - Viewer asking Sabine how he feels about the Bears beating the Cowboys

26:20 - Which team is more likely to make playoffs, Bears or Bulls?

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

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Lauri Markkanen inspires, then fades in emblematic loss to Warriors

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Lauri Markkanen inspires, then fades in emblematic loss to Warriors

When Lauri Markkanen is on, it's inspired. And he was 'on' in the first half of the Bulls' eventual 100-98 loss to the league-worst (entering the night) 4-19 Warriors. 

In fact, there were stretches when it appeared he just might save the Bulls from their second (second!) loss of the season to Golden State.

See: the opening five minutes of the second quarter. The Warriors, trailing 28-23 at the end of the first period, were on a 16-5 run. You could call it a spurt, but it felt more like an avalanche. The Bulls' bench had gone cold, Ky Bowman and Omari Spellman were raining hellfire and the United Center was despondent.

Then, Markkanen awoke. It all started on a pick-and-pop action between Markkanen and Denzel Valentine. With the Warriors flat-footed and scrambling to rotate, Markkanen reeled in a bounce-pass from Valentine at the top of the key and rifled a side-armed bullet to Daniel Gafford, awaiting free and clear in the paint. This is a delightful play, and a rare one for Markkanen this season:

Two straight 3-pointers (one on another pick-and-pop possession in concert with Zach LaVine) followed that, then a cutting dunk to knot the game 41-41. Markkanen finished the half leading the game in points (17), field goals made and attempted (shooting 7-for-11) and 3-pointers, on which he was 3-for-6. The Bulls were ahead 51-50. Too close for comfort, yes, (especially for this team) but in the moment, that Markkanen sequence felt like a true leadership moment. He was carrying the team.

Zach LaVine, after all, hadn't scored until the under two minutes until the half.

"I was getting good looks, my teammates were finding me, and I was getting to the rim," Markkanen said. "No matter how they were guarding me, we found something that worked for us."

Markkanen then proceeded to not score for over 25 minutes of game action, totaling three points in the second half on 1-for-6 shooting. After the game, Jim Boylen was unsure of what exactly changed for Markkanen of the second, but the taste in his mouth was evidently sour.

"I don't know. I mean, sometimes people adjust? They adjust to a guy who's got it going and they change. Sometimes the ball doesn't go in," Boylen said. "That's the game."

Boylen added that he liked the look Markkanen got on a 3-pointer late in the fourth that, at the time, tied the game 97-97. It was the only shot Markkanen made after the 4:48 mark of the second quarter.

"The team goes on spurts," Markkanen offered as explanation. "We go on little runs and they go on runs. That's how the game is, and I feel like we did a good job feeding the hot guy. When Zach got going in the second half, we did the same thing, so... I think that's part of it."

LaVine scored 21 of his 22 points in the game over a seven-minute stretch between the end of the second quarter and beginning of the third. For the third time this season (and second time in three games), LaVine and Markkanen each tallied 20 points. It rang hollow.

So did the team's end-of-fourth-quarter execution, an area they excelled in over the two-game win streak they rode into this one. LaVine, again, controlled the majority of the team's crunch-time possessions, but this time, the team fell short — mustering only 15 points in the final period.

"We could've executed, not turned the ball over," Markkanen said. "Simple plays. Obviously everybody's going to look at the last play, but it's not about that. We had some good looks before that that we gotta make the plays that we need to finish the game off."

Markkanen committed two turnovers and bricked a forced, late-shot clock jumper in the final two minutes. "I could have done a better job making the plays I needed," he conceded.

The Bulls go as LaVine and Markkanen do, and their stilted play tonight reflected the team's oft-polarizing offense. After two games of fresher air, Markkanen — 'back' for a half, a leader on the floor — ultimately took one step back.

"You know, that's part of the learning," Boylen said. "People adjust in the second half to what you did in the first, and you gotta adjust again."

What that adjustment will be remains to be seen.