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Gill throws first pitch; calls out Stacey King

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Gill throws first pitch; calls out Stacey King

CSN Bulls studio analyst Kendall Gill threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the White Sox and Mariners game as part of "Illini Night" at U.S. Cellular Field.

After the pitch, Gill talked about getting the opportunity to step on the field and had some words for Bulls television color commentator Stacey King.

"I'm realizing my dream now thirty years later and it was good to throw a pitch and it made it across the plate. Did Stacey King throw one better than that?"

Check out the full video of Gill's first pitch and interview below:

Kemba Walker and Trae Young being named All-Star starters could help Zach LaVine

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Kemba Walker and Trae Young being named All-Star starters could help Zach LaVine

On Thursday, the NBA revealed the East and West starters for the 2020 All-Star game in Chicago. Take a look:


Bulls fans will be honed in on the East selections given Zach LaVine's absence, though his realistic chances of starting the game have been slim-to-none since the first month of the season. In the last round of fan voting returns, LaVine was sixth among Eastern Conference backcourt players. He finished there, as well:


LaVine will get a chance to slide into a reserve slot, but the East’s starting backcourt of Kemba Walker and Trae Young leaves a crowded field to contend with. Guards competing for the seven reserve spots include Ben Simmons, Khris Middleton, Kyle Lowry, Bradley Beal, Malcolm Brogdon and Jaylen Brown. And that's without mentioning frontcourt favorites in Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, Jayson Tatum and Domantas Sabonis.

But a modicum of good news did come from this announcement for those stumping for LaVine: Kyrie Irving's omission from the starting lineup. Irving, who has only played 15 games this season, had been second in fan voting at the time of last returns. Had he snuck in with the starters, LaVine would have also had Walker or Young to compete with for a reserve spot, both of whom he matches up with unfavorably. One has to figure Irving's odds of being selected by coaches as a reserve aren't high.

LaVine's chances still aren't necessarily great, but the coaches' picks for reserves will be announced on Jan. 30. If LaVine is shorted there, as well, there remains the possibility of an injury replacement down the road, which, commissioner Adam Silver would select (this is probably his best shot).

Once the final pool of players is decided, they'll be drafted by team captains Giannis Antetokoumpo and LeBron James on Feb. 6.

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A healthier Chandler Hutchison making impact in reserve role for Bulls

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A healthier Chandler Hutchison making impact in reserve role for Bulls

Just over two minutes after tipoff of a Nov. 27 road game versus the Warriors, Chandler Hutchison slammed into a screen and suffered a right shoulder contusion that sidelined him for almost six weeks.

Hutchison started that game, one of six opening nods he received with Otto Porter Jr. sidelined by a foot fracture.

Ten games into his return from that shoulder injury, Hutchison hasn’t started since. And he’s fine with that.

“No, I don’t wish I was starting,” Hutchison said following Thursday’s practice at Advocate Center. “It’s kind of funny: You kind of take some pride being a second-unit guy and coming in and maybe changing the impact of the game. Maybe if we start slow with that first unit then we look around and say, ‘Hey, let’s get these guys going.’ I don’t worry about it too much. I’m just happy I’m playing to be honest.”

Lately, Hutchison has played well. He’s showing signs of being the disruptive defender and player with positional size able to rebound and push the ball in transition.

Over his last five games, he’s averaging 7.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 steals in his reserve role. Overall, Hutchison owns averages of 6.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.9 steals.

“I just made a deal with myself that I was going to be aggressive and be the guy who got me. I believe that guy is pretty dang good and is going to be a pretty good player,” Hutchison said. “Everybody has been telling me go. Use my athleticism and my skill to finish at the basket to get to the rim. That has helped me.”

During Wednesday’s home victory over the Timberwolves, Hutchison pursued a loose ball into the stands. He banged his knee on a metal bar from the folding chair provided for courtside customers.

“It was probably one of those things where you probably should just let it go. I’m best when I’m not thinking and flying around trying to make plays. I’m going to play with energy and effort,” he said. “It felt like I got shot in the knee at first. But I was like, ‘I know if I lay down here too much longer, I’m coming out of the game.’ So I had to get up, suck it up and do what I can.”

Hutchison admitted his shoulder still isn’t 100 percent, adding that most any player is nursing some type of bump or bruise at this stage of the season.

When Hutchison originally suffered the shoulder injury, coach Jim Boylen pivoted to Kris Dunn as the new starter in a three-guard lineup alongside Zach LaVine and Tomas Satoransky that has stuck. But Hutchison has logged some closing minutes lately, including in a new-look smaller lineup that features him at power forward.

“I think it’s been working for us,” Hutchison said.

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