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For the first time in network history, CSN to carry four, live pro game telecasts in one day (Thursday, April 23)

For the first time in network history, CSN to carry four, live pro game telecasts in one day (Thursday, April 23)

NBA Playoffs: BULLS at Milwaukee (Game 3) – 7:00 PM on Comcast SportsNet

Stanley Cup Playoffs: BLACKHAWKS at Nashville (Game 5) – 8:30 PM on CSN+

(NOTE: Also joined in progress on Comcast SportsNet immediately following the Bulls game)

MLB Baseball: WHITE SOX vs. Kansas City – 7:00 PM on CSN+2

(NOTE: CSN+2 can be found on NBC Chicago’s 5.2 digital channel, Cozi TV)

MLB Baseball: CUBS at Pittsburgh – 11:30 AM on Comcast SportsNet 

Viewers urged to visit CSNChicago.com  for channel locations in their area

Chicago, IL (April 21, 2015) – FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NETWORK HISTORY, Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, White Sox and Cubs, will be presenting viewers with an extremely rare scenario on THURSDAY (April 23), as the network will be airing FOUR, LIVE professional events in one day (all being produced in four, separate cities), including three that will be airing simultaneously on three separate channels during primetime.  For this unique occurrence, Comcast SportsNet is urging viewers to visit the network’s website, CSNChicago.com, for an easy-to-find channel locations page where viewers can simply punch in their zip code to find the exact channel location of EVERY game airing on this special day of sports programming. 

“Thursday will truly be a monumental moment for both our network and our viewers with the airing of four, live professional events featuring the Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox in action,” said Phil Bedella, VP/GM of Comcast SportsNet Chicago.  “With the excitement of the NBA and Stanley Cup Playoffs, along with the start of thrilling baseball on both sides of town, April has already proved to be an exhilarating month for Chicago sports.  Our CSN team will be ready to deliver the expert coverage our viewers have come to expect in what will be one of the most exciting days in local sports we’ve seen in years.”

Note the following channel information and additional details for Comcast SportsNet’s HUGE day featuring four, live professional game telecasts on Thursday, April 23:

CHICAGO BULLS/NBA PLAYOFFSCOMCAST SPORTSNET

7:00 PM CT – BULLS at Milwaukee (Rd. 1, Gm. 3) will air LIVE on the main Comcast SportsNet channel (featuring Neil Funk and Stacey King on the game call)

  • Game night coverage gets underway with SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado at 5:00 PM (with host David Kaplan), followed by SportsNet Central presented by Comcast Business at 6:00 PM.
  • Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Light with hosts Mark Schanowski and Will Perdue will begin at 6:30 PM.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS/STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSCSN+

8:30 PM CT – BLACKHAWKS at Nashville (Rd. 1, Gm. 5) will air LIVE on CSN+ (featuring Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk on the game call)

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: This game will also be joined in progress on the main Comcast SportsNet channel location immediately following the conclusion of the Bulls game.
  • This CSN+ telecast will air in high-definition on Comcast ch. 201 in the Chicago area & South Bend, IN…ch. 285 in Comcast’s Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets…along with AT&T U-verse, RCN, and WOW homes among others); viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER  for the exact CSN+ channel location in their area.
  • Chevy Blackhawks Pregame Live with hosts Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd, and Jamal Mayers will begin at 8:00 PM…Blackhawks Postgame Live presented by Hawk Ford airs immediately following the game.

CHICAGO WHITE SOX/MLB BASEBALLCSN+2

7:00 PM – WHITE SOX vs. Kansas City will air LIVE on CSN+2(featuring Ken “Hawk” Harrelson and Steve Stone on the game call)

  • This special “CSN+2” game can found on NBC 5 Chicago’s 5.2 digital channel Cozi TV on Comcast Cable systems throughout the Chicago area on ch. 341; Cozi TV is also available on RCN ch. 50, Mediacom ch. 105 and WOW ch. 130…in addition, this CSN+2 White Sox telecast can be found on AT&T U-verse ch. 695/1695 HD and DIRECTV ch. 665-2/665-2 HD among others…viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER  for the exact CSN+2 channel location in their area.
  • Subaru White Sox Postgame Live airs immediately following the game on CSN+2 (hosted by Jen Lada from U.S. Cellular Field).

CHICAGO CUBS/MLB BASEBALLCOMCAST SPORTSNET

11:30 AM CT – CUBS at Pittsburgh will air LIVE on the main Comcast SportsNet channel (featuring Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies on the game call)

  • Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group with hosts David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth will begin at 11:00 AM…Cubs Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois airs immediately following the game.

From a social media standpoint, fans can utilize the Twitter hashtag #WhatAThursday throughout the day to share their comments regarding this significant day in Comcast SportsNet history.

Bulls Outsiders Podcast: The basketball world mourns the loss of Kobe Bryant

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: The basketball world mourns the loss of Kobe Bryant

On this edition of the Bulls Outsiders podcast, Matt Peck, John Sabine and David Watson reflect on the passing of an NBA icon, Kobe Bryant.

0:30 - Reaction to Kobe's passing on Sunday

18:00 - More discussion about Kobe Bryant and his impact on the league

25:00 - The guys favorite memories of Kobe Bryant

Listen here or in the embedded player below.

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What's next for Denzel Valentine after standout performance against Spurs?

What's next for Denzel Valentine after standout performance against Spurs?

Denzel Valentine is beloved throughout the Bulls’ locker room. It takes only a brief sweep around to glean that.

“I love playing with Denzel, that's my guy,” Kris Dunn said. “No matter what, that's my guy. He know[s] that.”

No matter what.

“Man, Denzel is a true professional,” Zach LaVine said. “We're thankful to have him on this team, I think any team would love to have him. He's someone that is beneficial to us because he's gotten put in a tough situation where he came off the bench, and he's a player that's a regular rotation guy.”

Any team would love to have him.

“They show a lot of support, man, it's just crazy. We have a really good, close-knit team,” Valentine said of his teammates. “Zach — he's been a really good help in this situation. Talking to me every day. Coby [White], Kris, I can go down the line of everybody that's a part of it, so. I got blessed, man, I'm on a really good team with really good teammates.”

Let’s rewind. Valentine logged his fourth-highest minutes total of the season (19:06) on Monday, tied his season-high for scoring (16 points) and played crucial, crunch-time minutes in one of these Bulls’ most memorable victories — a 110-109 squeak-by over the San Antonio Spurs on a night the late Kobe Bryant was commemorated from start to finish. 

Valentine added three assists, four rebounds and four 3-pointers, as well.

“I thought Denzel was terrific. He's kept himself ready and came in and helped us win a game,” coach Jim Boylen said.

It can’t have been easy keeping the rust off. After missing all of last season due to ankle reconstruction surgery, Valentine is averaging by far his lowest minutes per game this season while shooting 39.5% from 3-point range. He has been phased in and out of the rotation on multiple occasions.

“That's my job as a professional, to stay ready and play when called upon,” Valentine said of how he endures with playing time not a given.

In four games which Valentine has played more than 19 minutes this season, he averages 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game on 50/44/100 shooting splits. The Bulls are 3-1 in said contests.

“Playing winning basketball,” Valentine said on what he brings when given opportunity. “Whether that's scoring, passing, playing defense, rebounding. Just whatever I can do to affect the game. People always want to look at my shots, but I think I impact the game in a lot of different ways. I think my defense is underrated, and I impact the game in a lot of different ways.”

Valentine said he’s excited to continue to prove himself with advanced opportunity likely in the near future. Thad Young’s insertion into the starting lineup with Lauri Markkanen out for at least the next month opens a gaping need for scoring off the bench. Since Markkanen went down, Valentine is averaging 13.8 minutes per game. Before then, he hadn’t played more than seven since logging 16 minutes in a blowout loss to Milwaukee on Dec. 30. 

But tonight, he was instrumental to a victory. Of his four 3-pointers, two came in the fourth quarter as the Bulls were clawing their way back from, at one point, a 10-point deficit. 

“He brings that. Scoring, another playmaker. You know, when Denzel get rolling, you get to see a different player in him,” Dunn said. “He has that same mentality that I have in the sense of — you know, just go out there and do whatever you can do to win.”

Valentine is beloved throughout the locker room.

“That's not up to him, to play his minutes. He came in, and he's the biggest reason why we won the game I think,” LaVine said. “I think he was 6-for-10, he had 16 points in [19] minutes. You know, high-IQ player, playing on and off the ball, so it was big and I appreciate having him as my teammate.

“Denzel has some of the highest respect in the locker room, we know who he is as a player, and as a person.”

But are his teammates hinting at something? Trade speculation has swirled around Valentine with the deadline impending and the Bulls’ role for him undefined. Now, though, the team’s need for him is evident, given their short-handedness. 

The waters are muddy, but all there is to know for sure is this: All parties have remained and will remain professional.

Time will tell the rest.

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