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Sports Talk Live Podcast: The search has begun for the new Bulls' head of basketball operations

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: The search has begun for the new Bulls' head of basketball operations


The Bulls front office search is underway but the the panel will debate whether this is an elite job in the NBA. And how much autonomy the new head of basketball operations will actually have? KC Johnson named his Bulls Mt. Rushmore- Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Phil Jackson and Derrick Rose. What does the panel think of that group? Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett highlight a stellar Hall of Fame class. Is this the greatest class ever for any Hall of Fame? The guys give their favorites. The Chicago Sun-Times' Patrick Finley says the Bears need to draft a quarterback with one of their two second-round picks. Is he right? Later, former Chicago Bulls champion Bill Wennington joins Kap. With the team looking for someone to head the basketball department, how good of a job is this? And how close is this roster to competing? They will also discuss Lauri Markkanen's struggles. Then, Kap and Bill look back at the '96 championship team. What was it like playing with Michael? And Kap asks Bill if he truly appreciated playing on one of the greatest teams in the history of professional sports.

1:10 - The Bulls have begun their search for their new head of basketball operations. Is this an elite job?

6:10 - KC Johnson reveals his Bulls Mt. Rushmore- MJ, Pippen, Phil, DRose. Did he get the four right?

9:15 - Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett highlight a stellar basketball Hall of Fame class. The guys debate the best Hall of Fame classes for all sports.

11:10 - The Sun-Times' Patrick Finley writes that the Bears have to draft a quarterback with one of their two second-round picks. Is he right?

16:12 - Former Chicago Bulls champion and current radio analyst Bill Wennington joins Kap. He talks about the team's front office search, Lauri Markkanen's struggles and also looks back at the championship years playing alongside Michael Jordan.

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Adam Silver: Michael Jordan ‘clearly the most respected voice’ in NBA meetings

Adam Silver: Michael Jordan ‘clearly the most respected voice’ in NBA meetings

The NBA’s resumption bid in Orlando, Fla. kicking off July 31 will involve 22 teams. All 22 will finish out their respective regular season slates with eight games each, followed by potential play-in series for each conference’s eighth seed, followed by a traditional (or as traditional as is possible) 16-team playoff.

That plan came after months of deliberation between commissioner Adam Silver and a litany of voices across the league. And in those deliberations a number of creative solutions were discussed — from a World Cup-style group stage first round to a 30-team play-in tournament.

The compulsion to face an unprecedented situation with unprecedented ideas is an understandable one. And the resolution of the NBA’s 2019-20 season will be without historical comparison. 

But Silver said in an appearance on Inside the NBA on TNT Thursday night that Michael Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Hornets, was one of the swing voices that pushed the league to pursue a traditional postseason format after the 16 playoff teams were established. Jordan’s voice evidently carries a lot of weight in such discussions.

“This was a point made by Michael Jordan — whose team, the Charlotte Hornets are not one of the 22 teams, but he’s clearly the most respected voice in the room when it comes to basketball — he felt it was very important that after we established the 16 teams we not be gimmicky,” Silver said. “Because there were a lot of proposals on the table to do unique tournaments and pool play like you see in international competition. And we took many of those proposals very seriously. 

“Ultimately, I agreed with Michael that there's so much chaos in the world right now, even before the racial unrest we’re experiencing now, let’s come as close to normal as we can. And as close to normal as we can is top eight in the West, top eight in the East playing four rounds of seven games. So that’s what we intend to do and our goal is to crown a champion.”

And so, here we are. Even with many questions still to be answered, the NBA is on a fast track to returning.

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Bulls Talk Podcast: The NBA season is set to return during a trying time

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Bulls Talk Podcast: The NBA season is set to return during a trying time

The NBA season is set to restart and return with 22 teams continuing their seasons for a chance at a playoff spot and a championship. Even though the league has set a schedule the current state of the country is still in flux due to the murder of George Floyd. Host Jason Goff is joined by Rob Schaefer, Tony Gill, Kevin Anderson, and KC Johnson to discuss social justice and police brutality in America, the NBA restarting the season, and what does it mean for the Bulls now that their season is over.

(3:00) - It's been a hard week for America

(16:06) - When sports come back, we must still remember this pain

(35:40) - This situation feels different

(42:06) - Strong concerns over the NBA picking the season back up

(53:38) - How will no fan games impact the players?

(1:05:21) - The Bulls season is officially over, what will happen with Jim Boylen

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