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CSN to air 1994 Chicago-based documentary about life, love and basketball

CSN to air 1994 Chicago-based documentary about life, love and basketball

“Hoop Dreams” -- Comcast SportsNet premiere to air Sunday, March 6 at 7:00 PM CT

“Hoop Dreams” star Arthur Agee to make special guest appearance on CSN’s “SportsTalk Live” this Friday, March 4 at 5:00 PM CT

Chicago, IL (March 2, 2016) – For the first time in network history, Comcast SportsNet Chicago will air one of the finest documentaries -- of any genre -- in film history with the network premiere of Hoop Dreams, the unforgettable 1994 Sundance Film Festival “Audience Award” masterpiece about two Chicago teenagers whose hopeful futures, and the futures of their families, rest solely on the progressive advancement of their special athletic talents.  Comcast SportsNet will premiere Hoop Dreams to its viewers on Sunday, March 6 at 7:00 PM CT with additional re-airs taking place on March 13 at 3:30 PM, March 15 at 7:00 PM, and March 18 at 9:00 AM (3:30 PM re-air this day on CSN+).

Named the #1 "Most Underrated Sports Film Ever"  in a recent CSNChicago.com feature story, Hoop Dreams expertly captures and details the daily life (over the course of five-plus years no less) of two teenagers from Chicago’s inner city -- William Gates and Arthur Agee -- who have the grandest aspirations of one day playing in the NBA, only to see the harsh realities of their personal lives ultimately change the course of their once hopeful future.  Note additional excerpts from the Hoop Dreams synopsis via CSNChicago.com’s “Top 20 Most Underrated Films…Ever” feature:

“Hoops Dreams” director Steve James, along with co-producers Peter Gilbert and Frederick Marx, take viewers to the playgrounds of some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods, where a young Gates and Agee are first discovered and recruited to play high school basketball in the predominantly white Chicago western suburb of Westchester, IL (St. Joseph H.S.).  Gates, who was raised in the projects of Cabrini-Green, and Agee, from the West Garfield Park neighborhood, would travel 90+ minutes a day via public transportation just to get to St. Joseph H.S., where these two freshmen quickly learned more about race relations and socio-economic differences than about motion offenses or zone defenses.

What truly makes “Hoop Dreams” exceptional is that it’s more about life, love, relationships, and family, than about basketball.  Audiences are taken on a journey where the talents of Gates and Agee are a part of a much broader canvas than just a playground or court.

It’s a fascinating look at how the burden of growing up in poverty, along with having natural athletic talent, can affect the lives of not only two young men, but also the lives of those who love them.

This unpredictable, shocking, joyous, gut-wrenching, and inspirational film was and still remains a favorite of many critics, but it did not receive any love from the Oscars voting committee when it came out in 1994, as it didn’t even get nominated in the “Best Documentary” category.  Quite a shame.  If you haven’t seen “Hoop Dreams” yet, you should make it a priority.  It’s a real-life, eye-opening sports film experience that has no rival.

PROGRAMMING NOTE:  In advance of Sunday night’s network premiere of Hoop Dreams, one of the stars of the film Arthur Agee will be making a very special guest appearance on SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado on Friday, March 4 at 5:00 PM CT.  Agee will revisit the time period of his life (nearly 30 years ago) when Hoop Dreams was filmed, along with providing candid discussion about his life today and how the recruiting process for inner-city talent has evolved over time.

Lineup changes could be on the way for Bulls: 'It's still up in the air'

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Lineup changes could be on the way for Bulls: 'It's still up in the air'

It’s tough to call the position battle for the backup point guard spot on a Lottery-bound team important, but here we are two days into the Bulls’ season.

It won’t move the needle in NBA circles and Dwane Casey won’t be putting in additional time getting ready for Saturday’s game, but there appears to be potential for change in Fred Hoiberg’s rotation.

One day after an embarrassing display in a season-opening loss to the Sixers, Hoiberg said the Bulls have yet to make a decision on a potential lineup change for tomorrow’s affair against the Detroit Pistons. Kris Dunn, who missed Thursday’s game for the birth of his first child, was not at practice on Friday and may or may not be available for the home opener.

That could prompt changes after Cam Payne, inserted into the starting lineup, was largely ineffective, failing to score on 0 of 4 shooting in 21 minutes.

“We’re gonna see how practice goes today and then make that decision,” Hoiberg said. “It’s still up in the air on what we’re gonna do.”

The loss certainly can’t fall on just Payne, as the Bulls went lifeless after a 41-point first quarter that had them in the lead after 12 minutes. From there the Sixers outscored them by 29 in the second and third quarters, facing little resistance from a Bulls defense that doesn’t appear to have made much improvement from a year ago, Dunn or no Dunn.

Philadelphia shot 48 percent from the field, scored 20 fast-break points and 46 points in the paint, cruising to 102 points through three quarters before reserves finished things off. Even with Dunn the defensive prospects don’t look good, meaning Hoiberg might have to make changes to ignite the offense that scored just 35 points in those second and third quarters.

The Bulls could go a few different routes. Zach LaVine’s hot hand in the first quarter – 15 points on 6 of 7 shooting – saw the ball in his hands, and he even added two assists.

“It's a collective effort. You've got to have all five guys out there trying to play the right way and again, we found a recipe with Zach, especially in that first unit, where we let him bring the ball up the floor,” Hoiberg said. “We ran a couple actions where he was the facilitator and we put Cam in the corner. So a lot of that will be dictated by who has it going on a particular night and last night it happened to be Zach, so he was the one that was doing a lot of facilitating.”

Past a point guard-less lineup, the backups to Payne – Ryan Arcidiacono and Tyler Ulis – could also see extended minutes going forward.

Arcidiacono had 8 points and 8 assists in 28 minutes, though the majority of those stats came in garbage time. Still, he hit a pair of 3-pointers and didn’t turn the ball over, and five of his assists resulted in makes at the rim.

Ulis, acquired off waivers last week, could inject some life into the second unit.

“He’s ready. He’s done a good job in practice,” Hoiberg said. “We’ve gone through the system with him as far as what we expect and if there’s a point in the game where he can go out there and we feel he can help us, I’m confident that he’ll go out there and give us good effort.”

The point guard rotation isn’t the key to unlocking the Bulls as a lockdown defensive team, or no longer suffering the offensive dry spells that happened Thursday. But in a season that’s already showing signs of adversity, shaking up the lineup might be Hoiberg’s only chance.

The Way We Hear It: Khalil Mack will probably play after all

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The Way We Hear It: Khalil Mack will probably play after all

The Bears are back in Chicago and Tom Brady and the Patriots are in town! With a week of practice wrapping up today, here's what's been happening in the lead up to Sunday's Bears-Pats matchup: