Klopas prepares for 2012 season


Klopas prepares for 2012 season

By Nina Falcone

When Frank Klopas was brought in as the Fire's interim coach, he quickly realized he wanted more involvement with the team. His job was to support former coach Carlos de los Cobos, but he hoped to shed the "interim" title as fast as possible.

His love of being on the field with the players caused him to jump on the opportunity to become the Fire's new head coach as soon as position presented itself.

In terms of 2010-2011 team, Klopas felt very comfortable with the players the team brought in and saw them as a good base to work off of.

"Right now if we can bring another forward in that can provide some scoring and another player in the midfield that's more of a two-way guy, that can obviously get us some points and goals going forward, but also help on a defensive side," Klopas said.

"So not that many changes, we will bring a couple impact players if we can to make the team better and provide some more depth. That way we'll feel very comfortable going into next season."

But it's not solely about the players' performances on the field. Klopas is making a scouting trip to Europe and South America in December to find players that he believes will be a good fit for his team.

"We have a good database of players that we researced a year ahead of time, so more than anything when we go on these trips we get to know these players on a character standpoint... It's very important for us to build a family."

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?

Chris Emma, Matt Zahn and Gabe Ramirez join David Kaplan on the panel.

0:00- NBC Sports National NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh joins the panel to discuss the Bulls’ terrible defensive performance as well as Zach LaVine’s impressive season debut.

11:35- Khalil Mack is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Can the Bears pull off the upset against Tom Brady?

23:50- NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Tom E. Curran joins Kap to talk about how New England views the Bears and discuss how Matt Nagy’s team can exploit the Patriots’ weaknesses.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below.


Bulls announce substitute broadcasters for first five Neil Funk-less games


Bulls announce substitute broadcasters for first five Neil Funk-less games

If you haven't heard, Neil Funk is cutting 20 road games from his 2018-19 Bulls' play-by-play schedule.

Friday, the Bulls announced that Adam Amin, Andy Demetra and Kyle Draper will fill in for Funk for the first five of those games.

Amin, a play-by-play commentator for ESPN, will games on Oct. 22 against the Mavericks and Nov. 14 against the Celtics. He grew up in Addison, resides in Chicago and also does play-by-play for Bears preseason games.

Demetra is from Oak Brook and currently is the play-by-play broadcaster for Georgia Tech basketball and football. He will call games on Oct. 26 against the Hornets and Oct. 27 against the Hawks. He has previous play-by-play experience with the SEC Network, Pac-12 Network and Fox Sports South.

Draper will call the Bulls' Nov. 7 game against the Pelicans. He is the Celtics' pregame and postgame host for NBC Sports Boston and an occasional play-by-play annoucer and sideline reporter for the Celtics.

The Bulls said they will continue providing updates on substitute broadcasters as they are scheduled.