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Former Bulls assistant Johnny Bach passes away at 91

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Former Bulls assistant Johnny Bach passes away at 91

Former Bulls assistant Johnny Bach passed away Monday. He was 91.

Bach was a defensive-minded assistant under Phil Jackson during the Bulls' first three-peat after joining the team in 1986. He returned to the Bulls in 2003 after stops in Charlotte, Detroit and Washington. He retired in 2006.

Bach spent 18 seasons at Fordham University from 1950 to 1968, compiling a 265-193 record and leading the Rams to a pair of NCAA Tournaments and five NIT berths. He then spent nine seasons at Penn State, compiling five winning seasons with the Nittany Lions.

Before joining the Bulls' staff he coached the Golden State Warriors, on an interim basis in 1980 and later in a full-time capacity from 1983 to 1986.

Bach also was an assistant on the 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball team, which advanced to the gold-medal game against Russia.

"Johnny was a true treasure in the world of basketball. He was the classic 'old school' coach who came to work each and every day with energy and enthusiasm for the game he loved," said vice president of basketball operations John Paxson, who played under Bach. "His zest for life and basketball were unparalleled. He will be greatly missed by everyone in the Bulls family as well as everyone he connected with during his long tenure in both college and professional basketball."

Bach served as a naval deck officer in World War II before beginning his career in coaching.

Scottie Pippen tweeted out condolences Monday afternoon: 

Bulls' Luke Kornet ruled out for six to eight weeks with severe ankle sprain

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Bulls' Luke Kornet ruled out for six to eight weeks with severe ankle sprain

The Bulls announced Thursday that further testing on Luke Kornet's injured ankle has revealed a "severe sprain and fracture of his fifth metatarsal." He's expected to miss six-to-eight weeks.

With just six-and-a-half weeks (and 23 games) remaining in the Bulls' season, this timeline could mark the end of his campaign. Kornet sprained his ankle at a practice on Feb. 21 and has sported a walking boot and crutches ever since. 

If Kornet doesn't return before April 15, it's a somber end to what was an up-and-down season. After signing a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Bulls last offseason, Kornet struggled with a sinus affliction that ultimately required sinus obstruction surgery back in November. He missed five games following the operation and fell out of the rotation in lieu of Daniel Gafford shortly thereafter.

But he resurfaced in January in light of injuries to Wendell Carter Jr. and Gafford. In 17 games between Jan. 11 and Feb. 20, Kornet made 14 starts, averaging 9.8 points and 3.5 rebounds on 47.4% field goal shooting in 23.2 minutes per game.

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Coby White continues his hot streak

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Coby White continues his hot streak

Mark Carman, Jim Litke, and Jason Goch join Laurence on the panel.

0:00 - The Bulls frantic comeback falls short but Coby White has another 30-point game. So why isn't he starting? And was the game a "great loss"?

14:00 - JJ Stankevitz joins Laurence to talk about Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace's comments from the NFL Combine. Plus, why would Ryan Pace consider making Cordarrelle Patterson a running back on the team's depth chart? 

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