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Bulls/NBA Playoffs action returns to CSN

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Bulls/NBA Playoffs action returns to CSN

First Round Coverage Begins this Sunday, April 16 at 4:30 PM CT

Network to carry exclusive Bulls vs. Celtics “Hometown Call” coverage featuring Neil Funk & Stacey King!

CSN to air Games 1-4 in the Chicago Market (and Games 5 & 6 if nec.; Game 7 TBD)

Live streaming coverage of EVERY Bulls NBA Playoffs First Round telecast – including all Pre/Postgame Shows – to be made available to authenticated subscribers on CSNChicago.com and via the NBC Sports app

CSNChicago.com to provide LIVE video stream of EVERY Bulls post-game press conference, plus exclusive coverage from team practices and pre/post-game reports from Bulls “Insider” Vincent Goodwill

“Bulls Playoffs Preview presented by State Farm” special airs TOMORROW NIGHT (Fri, Apr. 14) at 11:00 PM!

Chicago, IL (April 13, 2017) – CSN Chicago (CSN), the home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Bulls, is ready to deliver electrifying 2017 NBA Playoffs “Hometown Call” coverage as the Bulls, led by three-time NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler & three-time NBA Champion/12-time NBA All-Star/Chicago native Dwyane Wade, look to further extend their season in Eastern Conference first round action against two-time NBA All-Star Isaiah Thomas (the NBA’s third-leading scorer this season) and the #1-seed Boston Celtics.  CSN will be the exclusive “local” coverage home in the Chicago market to see live coverage of Games 1-4 (and Games 5 & 6 if necessary, Game 7 is TBD), featuring the always-entertaining Bulls announcing tandem of Neil Funk & Stacey King.

In addition -- EVERY Bulls/NBA Playoffs first round telecast on CSN, including surrounding Bulls Pre/Postgame Live coverage, will be accessible live via CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports app to authenticated CSN 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.  For a full list of carriers and more information about CSN Chicago’s live streaming service of Bulls games, viewers are urged to visit the following link: http://www.csnchicago.com/live-faq .  

CSN’s Bulls/NBA Playoffs first round coverage gets underway this Sunday, April 16 beginning at 4:30 PM CT with a special, one-hour edition of Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Light, featuring hosts Mark Schanowski, former Bulls center/four-time NBA Champion Will Perdue, and former University of Illinois/Bulls standout Kendall GillBulls Pregame Live will provide a complete Game 1 preview, analysis, interviews, along with the latest team/player news and updates from Bulls beat reporter Chuck Garfien & CSNChicago.com Bulls “Insider” Vincent Goodwill

Then, at 5:30 PM, fans can look forward to the exclusive “Hometown Call” coverage of Game 1 between the Bulls and Celtics live from TD Garden in Boston, featuring Neil & Stacey with the game call.  Immediately following Sunday’s playoff opener and after every Bulls playoff game, CSN will carry Kia Bulls Postgame Live (hosted by Schanowski, Perdue, and Gill), featuring live locker room interviews, detailed analysis, along with head coach Fred Hoiberg’s post-game press conference and numerous player interviews.  (CSN’s complete Bulls first round coverage schedule is included in this release.)

 TOMORROW NIGHT (Friday, Apr. 14) at 11:00 PM, Bulls fans can look forward to an NBA Playoffs primer with Bulls Playoff Preview presented by State Farm.  This half-hour special, hosted by Mark Schanowski, Will Perdue, and Kendall Gill will provide a detailed, inside look at the Bulls vs. Celtics first round match-up, a recap of every regular season battle against the Celtics, along with the very latest player status updates, a recap of the entire regular season featuring key highlights, plus - player/coaches interviews and an overview of the entire NBA Playoffs picture with analysis on both conferences.

Throughout the playoffs, viewers are also urged to tune in nightly to In The Loop at 6:30 PM & In the Loop Prime (presented by GMC at 10:00 & State Farm at 10:30PM) for the latest Bulls playoffs news, social media highlights, viral videos and much more, along with CSN Fast Break nightly at 12 midnight for a full recap of every NBA Playoffs match-up, including game recaps, next game previews, up-to-the-minute team/player updates, interviews and numerous playoff highlights from around the league.  Plus – host David Kaplan and a panel of Bulls/NBA experts will deliver the hottest NBA Playoffs discussion and game breakdowns every weeknight on SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado (check your channel guide for specific times or visit CSNChicago.com for detailed listings).

In addition to its live stream of every first round playoff telecast, CSNChicago.com will also provide fans with even more exclusive Bulls/NBA Playoffs content including the following:

  • CSNChicago.com will stream EVERY Bulls postgame press conference LIVE (sponsored by Xfinity) providing insider access to head coach Fred Hoiberg addressing the media as it happens.
  • CSNChicago.com Bulls “Insider” Vincent Goodwill will be on-site -- for EVERY Bulls playoff game -- filing stories and video for each game and team practices, plus Goodwill will provide up-to-the-second Tweets via @vgoodwill throughout the playoffs.  In addition, Bulls digital reporter/producer Mark Strotman (@markstrot) will also provide Bulls opponent perspective/reports on days of home games, along with providing Bulls and NBA Playoffs reports/features on the beat with Goodwill.  Follow @CSNBulls on Twitter for full team coverage, giveaways, fan photos and game day news straight from the United Center. Fans are also urged to follow Stacey King (@Stacey21King), Mark Schanowski (@MarkSchanowski), Will Perdue (@Will_Perdue32), Kendall Gill (@KendallG13), and Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) for even more Bulls/NBA insider coverage.
  • Video highlights include interviews from game day/off day practices, as well as extensive post-game reaction from the locker room and analysis via “Kia Bulls Postgame Live”
  • “Bulls Talk PODCAST” – Featuring Bulls Pre/Postgame Live host Mark Schanowski, analyst Kendall Gill, “Insider” Vincent Goodwill, and an array of special guests, CSN’s “Bulls Talk” podcast features in-depth Bulls discussion on the hottest topics and breaking news throughout the NBA Playoffs. Fans can download all of CSN’s podcasts at CSNChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via iTunes, Google Play or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.
  • Push Alerts: CSN Chicago will deliver Bulls push notifications for breaking team and player news, “Insider” reports, plus game reminder alerts via CSN Chicago’s SportsTalk app for iOS and Android devices.
  • BullsTalk (CSNChicago.com/bulls) - CSNChicago.com’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive Bulls/NBA Playoffs news and opinion section featuring original commentary, reporting and social media aggregation. BullsTalk contains interactive content with continually updated insights from the network’s talent, which includes the new #BullsTalk podcast.
  • Fans can also follow and connect with CSN’s extensive Bulls coverage on Facebook (including numerous “Facebook Live” segments with CSN talent), Instagram and Snapchat at @CSNChicago
  • CSNChicago.com, NBC Sports and ProBasketballTalk.com will also produce Bulls and NBA content in tandem throughout the playoffs, which will include on-camera segments and digital reports.
  • Bulls/NBA Playoffs coverage on CSNChicago.com is presented by Toyota.

Note the following first round schedule of games and additional coverage information on CSN/CSNChicago.com/NBC Sports app:

CHICAGO BULLS vs. BOSTON CELTICS on CSN CHICAGO

* Game 1: Sun, April 16, 5:30 PMBulls at Celtics (TD Garden)

LIVE STREAM also available on CSNChicago.com & the NBC Sports app

(NOTES: Bulls/NBA Playoffs coverage on CSN begins at 4:30 PM with a special, one-hour edition of Bulls Pregame Live with Bulls Postgame Live immediately following the game; In the Loop Prime will air 10:00 PM/10:30 PM with even more comprehensive Bulls/NBA Playoffs coverage; game replay at 12:30 AM & Mon, Apr. 17 at 3:30 PM)

-- IMPORTANT WHITE SOX NOTE:  The White Sox at Minnesota game will air in its entirety on CSN+/CSN+HD (also streaming live on CSNChicago.com/NBC Sports app), but will also air on the main CSN channel location from 3:00-4:30 PM (White Sox Pregame Live coverage begins at 2:30 PM, first pitch at 3:00 PM; viewers urged to visit CSNChicago.com for exact channel locations in their area).

* Game 2: Tue, April 18, 7:00 PMBulls at Celtics (TD Garden)

LIVE STREAM also available on CSNChicago.com & the NBC Sports app

(NOTES: Special Bulls-focused edition of SportsTalk Live hosted by David Kaplan at 5:30 PM, which will be followed by In the Loop at 6:00 PM; Bulls Pregame Live airs at 6:30 PM with Bulls Postgame Live immediately following the game; In the Loop Prime will air 10:00 PM/10:30 PM with even more comprehensive Bulls/NBA Playoffs coverage; game replay at 12:30 AM & Wed, Apr. 19 at 3:00 PM)

-- IMPORTANT WHITE SOX NOTE:  The White Sox at NY Yankees game will now move to CSN+/CSN+HD (also streaming live on CSNChicago.com/NBC Sports app) (White Sox Pregame Live at 5:30 PM, first pitch at 6:00 PM; viewers urged to visit CSNChicago.com for exact CSN+ channel location in their area).

* Game 3: Fri, April 21, 6:00 PMBulls vs. Celtics (United Center)

LIVE STREAM also available on CSNChicago.com & the NBC Sports app

(NOTES: United Center remote edition of SportsTalk Live hosted by David Kaplan at 5:00 PM; Bulls Pregame Live at 5:30 PM/Bulls Postgame Live after the game, both shows from the UC; game replay at 12:30 AM)

-- IMPORTANT WHITE SOX NOTE:  The White Sox vs. Cleveland game will now move to CSN+/CSN+HD (also streaming live on CSNChicago.com/NBC Sports app) (White Sox Pregame Live at 6:30 PM, first pitch at 6:30 PM; viewers urged to visit CSNChicago.com for exact CSN+ channel location in their area) (This game will ALSO be joined in progress on the main CSN channel location immediately following Bulls Postgame Live).

-- IMPORTANT FIRE NOTE:  The Fire at Toronto MLS game at 6:00 PM (currently scheduled to air on CSN+) will move to CSN+2 (Specific CSN+2 channel location details will be available here: csnchicago.com/channel-finder) (This Fire game will also re-air in its entirety on CSN+ at 11:00 PM). 

* Game 4: Sun, April 23, 5:30 PMBulls vs. Celtics (United Center)

LIVE STREAM also available on CSNChicago.com & the NBC Sports app

(NOTES: Bulls Pregame Live begins at 5:00 PM with Bulls Postgame Live immediately following the game (both shows taking place at the United Center); In the Loop Prime will air 10:00 PM/10:30 PM with even more comprehensive Bulls/NBA Playoffs coverage)

* Game 5:  Wed, Apr. 26 (Channel Location/Time TBD) – Bulls at Celtics (TD Garden) (if necessary)

* Game 6: Fri, Apr. 28 (Channel Location/Time TBD) – Bulls vs. Celtics (United Center) (if necessary)

* Game 7:  Sun, April 30 (Channel Location/Time TBD) – Bulls at Celtics (TD Garden) (if necessary)

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How former Bull C.J. Watson is working to inspire children through books

How former Bull C.J. Watson is working to inspire children through books

C.J. Watson carved out a 10-year NBA career with not just talent but also an ability to overcome odds and tune out doubters.

So whenever the former Bulls guard encountered skepticism for his latest dream, he’d answer every "Why” with a "Why not?”

That dream? To create children's books. Watson, 36, has now published two titles: "CJ’s Big Dream" and "CJ’s Big Project." The first came out last November, the second in March.

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“It was just a random idea I had to challenge myself and try to push myself,” Watson said in a phone conversation. “I want to try to continue to be an inspiration. Playing in the NBA is an inspiration to kids. But I wanted to continue to offer kids knowledge and tell my story through books.

“Kids are the next generation of leaders. They’re the next entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers. Some kid will grow up to be President. I just wanted to try to share some gems and drops of knowledge. I want to try to propel little boys and girls and let them know it’s OK to shoot for their dreams and to dream big.”

The books were written by author Tamika Newhouse and illustrated by Cameron Wilson based on stories shared by Watson. Watson spent hours on the phone over a six-month period with Newhouse, sharing his stories and his vision for the project, which is scheduled to include at least one more title.

They are based on Watson’s upbringing in Las Vegas, where he first experienced doubts for his NBA dream.

“These are true stories,” Watson said. “I made it to the NBA after growing up in the inner city and not having the same resources or same chances as some. Growing up, seeing graffiti, abandoned houses, drugs, gangs, it can be discouraging. But I had a great support system that kept me focused on my goal.”

The second book focuses on the time Watson received an F on a science project in school. But the teacher offered him a chance to re-do it, which taught him a valuable lesson.

“The second book talks about working hard and the importance of getting good grades to be able to play sports,” he said. “That was the important thing in my household. If we didn’t have good grades, my brother and I couldn’t play sports.”

Watson is the father of two children with one on the way. His parents, Cathy and Charles, stressed education and reading as they raised him and his brother. He majored in psychology at Tennessee, which is in his parents’ hometown of Nashville, Tenn.

“My parents came from an area more poverty-stricken than I did,” Watson said. “You always want better for your kid, right? We might not have lived in the best area, but they always put my brother and me in the best schools to give us the best chance to succeed.

“They also were big on me and my brother doing community service. We’d go feed the homeless. We’d go visit nursing homes to care for the elderly. When I was younger, I always said if I made it that I wanted to give back.”

Watson and his family established his Quiet Storm Foundation in 2009. That foundation established an active presence in Chicago during his two seasons with the Bulls.

Watson is eight years removed from that stint, where he played an important role for a reserve unit so potent that it achieved its own nickname. “The Bench Mob” proved a significant reason the Bulls led the NBA in regular-season victories in consecutive seasons in 2010-11 and 2011-12.

“It was definitely fun. It goes by fast. Chicago was probably some of the best years I had in the NBA,” Watson said. “We could’ve achieved more. We weren’t picked to do much that first year and surprised everybody. Then that second year, D-Rose got hurt.

“I felt like they should’ve kept the team together maybe a couple more years to try to see what could’ve happened. But it’s a business at the end of the day.”

Watson isn’t surprised Rose, who he backed up, is thriving again after a series of knee injuries, surgeries and rehabilitations.

“Definitely a great teammate, probably one of my favorites,” Watson said. “Injuries take a toll on you. He was held up to the MVP standard and some people judged him unfairly. But he has worked so hard. I’m definitely rooting for him and I’m always watching.”

Watson played for Charles Oakley’s team in the Big3 last summer, a 3-on-3 pro league that was canceled this summer because of COVID-19. He isn’t sure if he’ll play again if the league resumes next summer.

“It was fun. But it’s a different league. It’s pretty brutal. They don’t call any fouls. It’s kind of an old man’s game,” Watson said. “My body may have had enough.”

No matter his decision, Watson’s mind remains sharp.

“These books definitely are not a money maker. It’s a passion project,” Watson said. “Unless you’re a big-time children’s author, you probably won’t make a living at this. But I just did it to inspire kids and challenge myself. It’s kind of like the NBA. I never thought I’d make the NBA.  But lo and behold, I worked hard enough and got there.”

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Windy City Bulls standout PJ Dozier secures multi-year deal with Nuggets

Windy City Bulls standout PJ Dozier secures multi-year deal with Nuggets

Since going unselected in the 2017 NBA Draft, PJ Dozier has had his fair share of stops, from brief stints signed to the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks, to successive one-year pacts with the Oklahoma City Thunder (2017-18) and Boston Celtics (2018-19). He spent most of the latter two tenures in the G League.

Dozier began the 2019-20 season signed to the Denver Nuggets on a two-way deal, but assigned to the Windy City Bulls, the Bulls' G League affiliate, along with 2019 second-round draftee of the Nuggets Bol Bol. 

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On Tuesday, the Nuggets officially announced they are converting Dozier's two-way deal into a multi-year contract with the team.

It's great news for Dozier, who enjoyed a dominating campaign for Windy City. In 18 games with the team, he averaged 21.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.7 steals on 43.8-32.6-74.1 shooting splits. A 6-foot-6 playmaking wing, Dozier flashed plus ball-handling, scoring and facilitating ability at a position of supreme value in the modern game.

He parlayed all of the above into a midseason All-NBA G League selection, but was recently left off the end-of-season all-league teams, presumably due to a limited sample size. He was called up to the Nuggets in mid-January and made an immediate impact, scoring 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting (2-for-4 from 3) in his debut, a win over the Charlotte Hornets. He reset his NBA career high one week later with a 15-point outing against the Houston Rockets.

In the run-up to the NBA pausing its season, Dozier appeared in 21 of 26 games for the Nuggets, averaging 4.1 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He'd appeared in just eight career NBA games before that stretch. 

How much of an imprint will he make on the Nuggets' rotation when the NBA season restarts? It's too soon to say. But it seems the longtime G League standout's breakthrough at the next level could be coming.

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