Chicago Bulls Podcast #51

Bulls Podcast #51

It’s the Bulls Podcast #51 hosted by Marcus Couch and Wyse Black. We’ve got full Bulls vs Pelicans Reaction, Our #Bulls 2020 Resolutions, Trade Rumors and Game predictions for the coming week.

Welcome to the Bulls Podcast, coming to you from BullsPodcast.com. This is where we bring you the latest news, reviews, rants, rumors and opinions on the players, coaches and front office of the Chicago Bulls.

We’ve got several topics for this episode. Including:

  • Bulls vs Pelicans Rundown
  • Bulls 2020 Resolutions
  • Game predictions for the coming week

#51 Bulls Players

And as you heard in the intro by none other than #51, Ryan Arcidiacono, it’s episode 51 of the Bulls podcast. (We’re stepping things up here in the new year Wyse!). Now we’re getting the actual players to get in on the episode numbers being their jersey numbers. And we will say this is just kind of a teaser by mentioning that, because another player with a number in the 50’s is going to make an appearance on the show soon too.. And it’ll be more than an intro…

Beyond Ryan Archidiacono as our featured #51, the Bulls also had a few others that wore that jersey number. In addition to Arch, we have only 2 others to have number 51.

Michael Ruffin was the first to wear #51. He was drafted by the Bulls in the 2nd round (3rd pick, 32nd overall) of the 1999 NBA Draft.

Next, Lawrence Funderburke wore #51 in the last year of his career as he joined the Bulls briefly in 2005 after missing the previous season due to an Achilles injury. He played in 2 regular season games and 5 playoff games for the Bulls in 2005 before closing out his NBA career as the season ended.

Bulls vs Pelicans Post-Game

Tonight the Chicago Bulls took on the New Orleans in The Big Easy and lost 123 – 108. 

The back-and-forth contest wasn't the prettiest game either team will play all year. Both squads struggled to find an offensive rhythm while continually turning the ball over. 

There was hope at the beginning of the week that Wednesday would serve as rookie phenomenon Zion Williamson's first game of the season, but the team has still been treating its franchise player with an abundance of caution in the wake of his preseason knee injury. 

Notable Performers: 

  • Zach LaVine, G, Bulls: 32 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds
  • Kris Dunn, G, Bulls: 15 points, 6 assists, 5 steals, 4 rebounds
  • Brandon Ingram, SF, Pelicans: 29 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds
  • Derrick Favors, PF, Pelicans: 12 points, 9 rebounds
  • Jaxson Hayes, C, Pelicans: 14 points, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks

 Our Bulls 2020 Resolutions

With the start of the new year, we’re going to present a number of resolutions for the Chicago Bulls to consider and strive for during the remainder of the 2019-2020 season.

Zach Lavine to the All Star Game and Dunk Contest

Derrick Rose is already coming home to compete in the Skills Contest during All Star weekend. Why not make it a Chicago affair by commiting to the dunk contest? Zach is carroting the all star votes, saying he only wants to enter the contest if he’s also an All Star. There is a lot of competition in the East, and voting is going in all directions, even to DRose. 

Lauri Markkanen locks in on Beast Mode

He’s getting better here as we approach half way into the season, but Lauri is still nowhere near the beast he was projected to be. What do you have to lose Lauri? Tear it up! Get so aggressive that it’s actually offputting to opponents. Play a little dirty. You’ve earned the league currency with the refs that y ou can get away with some of that. Take over games the way Zach does. We need you.

Resign Kris Dunn for 3 years, 12 million per year.

Where would this put Dunn in the ranks of highest paid point guards? https://www.spotrac.com/nba/rankings/point-guard/

Make the Playoffs

I think it’s pretty safe to say that we can make the playoffs this year, barring some catastrophic injury. The Bulls have been putting together some great games in the last month, and if we keep the momentum going, we can certainly peek our heads into the playoffs as the 7th or 8th seed.

Avoid trade distractions

There are a lot of posts on the Internet about trading away parts of the Bulls core. From Lavine and Lauri trades to Otto Porter and Thad Young being rumored on the block. We shouldn’t be paying mind to any of these distractions. We have a good core that can play ball when motivated to do so. If these guys gel together as the season progresses, we could be in the hunt. Don’t get led astray by trading away assets and taking on other team’s bad contracts.

 

Let’s predict our next few games for the coming week

FRIDAY JAN 10  7:00PM CT

Indiana @ United Center

Marcus: W

Wyse: W

SATURDAY JAN 11  6:00PM CT

@ Detroit Little Caesars Arena

Marcus: L

Wyse: W

MONDAY JAN 13  6:30PM CT

@ Boston TD Garden

Marcus: L

Wyse: L

WEDNESDAY JAN 15  7:00PM CT

Washington @ United Center

Marcus: W

Wyse: L

 

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Until next time, Thank you for listening everyone, Go Bulls!