In today’s show host Steve Kashul is joined by NBA and NBC sports analyst Will Purdue, Hall of Fame writer from Bulls.com Sam Smith, Chuck Swirsky talks with Notre Dame men’s basketball coach Mike Brey, and sports play by play announcer Kevin Harlan.
Six time NBA World Champion Scottie Pippen joins Steve Kashul to voice his thoughts on the current state of the Bulls. Windy City Bulls president Brad Seymour joins the show to talk about the fun and family friendly events planned for the Windy City Bulls. Also in today’s show NBA.com senior columnist Steve Ashburner and Hall of Fame writer Sam Smith join host Steve Kashul.
The Chicago Bulls, Blackhawks and Levy Restaurants present Chicago Pours, a bar experience bringing together some of the best bars and top mixologists in the world to United Center. Chicago Pours experience will present a dynamic menu of rotating cocktails at each game and event. The menu centers on hand-crafted cocktails using the freshest ingredients from a who’s who of Chicago’s critically-acclaimed bars and mixologists.
Our Bulls reporter Rachel Brady samples some signature cocktails from Longman & Eagle.
For more information on when your favorite Chicago hot spots are serving up at United Center go to http://chicagopours.unitedcenter.com.
Benny the Bull has been nominated as one of the 2016 inductees to the Mascot Hall of Fame! On Benny’s press tour he stopped by WLS to interview with Bulls Reporter Rachel Brady about his nomination. Check out Benny’s first radio interview and make sure to vote for Benny at http://mascothalloffame.com/
(CHICAGO) A bombshell coming out of NBA free agency, as the Bulls have signed Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade. Yahoo! Sports reports the deal is worth $47.5 million over two years with a player option for a 3rd season.
In order to fit Wade under the salary cap, the Bulls traded Mike Dunleavy Jr to the Cleveland Cavaliers and guard Jose Calderon- who came over in the Derrick Rose deal- to the LA Lakers.
It’s a homecoming for Wade, who is originally from the South Side, and grew up in south suburban Robbins. He was a 2-sport athlete at Richards High School in Oak Lawn before attending college at Marquette.
In 13 years with the Miami Heat, Wade won 3 NBA titles, was selected to 12 All-Star Games, and averaged nearly 24 points per game.
(CHICAGO) Sixteen men have been charged with a wide-ranging counterfeit ticketing scheme for Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks’ games, and other events and concerts, at Soldier Field, the United Center and the Allstate Arena in northwest suburban Rosemont.
The sixteen men were each charged with one felony count of forgery, according to a statement from Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Eight of the men were arrested by Chicago Police and FBI, but the other eight are still at a large.
Madigan alleged that the men made counterfeit tickets to Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks’ games, as well as WWE Extreme Wrestling and Disney on Ice, Madigan said.
The men then sold the tickets on Craiglist, meeting the buyers at area restaurants and coffee shops, Madigan said. The buyers found out the tickets were counterfeit when they tried to enter the events.
“Today is another great example of cooperation between federal and local partners working together and to remind the public to be cautious and vigilant when purchasing tickets,” said FBI Chicago Special Agent in Charge Michael Anderson.
The Bulls first put out a press release to announce they fired Head Coach Tom Thibodeau and later held a press conference.
LISTEN to Nick Gale’s report:
In the press release, Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf talked about a departure from communication, openness and trust. During the press conference, Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson echoed the thought.
“Obviously there was a breakdown, that’s not a secret by any stretch of the imagination…but you have to have a situation where you’re all pulling in the same direction and once that stops, then its very difficult to move forward, and our whole goal now is to move forward,” Paxson said.
He also says they likely wouldn’t be pulling the plug on Thibodeau if the Bulls had made it beyond the playoffs the past five seasons.
“We probably wouldn’t be sitting here if we won a championship, you know, that’s just the truth, but we haven’t done that and I go back to this missed opportunity this year where we felt we had a real chance.”
Bulls General Manager Gar Forman isn’t talking up any one replacement coach yet, but says they are looking for “the right fit” for the players, the team and the Bulls organization. He says the next coach should be a leader with good communication skills, excellent knowledge of basketball, is open and creative.
Also dismissed was assistant coach Andy Greer, who also joined the Bulls in 2010.
Rahm Emanuel – Photo courtesy of Bill Cameron, WLS News
By WLS Reporter Bill Cameron
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is weighing in on the firing of Bulls Head Coach Tom Thibodeau.
Emanuel is a huge Bulls fan and he’s not happy about the firing.
LISTEN to Bill Cameron’s story:
“I’ll say this, I have been in regular communication over the past weeks with Coach T and I think he’s a great coach,” Emanuel said. Asked if Thibodeau got a raw deal, he said, “I think he’s a great coach. We were fortunate to have him.”
The mayor was restraining himself on the Bulls front office decision, although he did say he’d like to use a graffiti blaster on somebody. He was not restraining himself on keeping the ball in Springfield’s court on the huge financial problems facing the city.
“Everyone of the issues we’re talking about, the challenges were first created in Springfield years ago.”
But the impasse in Springfield continues with no end in sight.
CHICAGO—As the Chicago Bulls players face elimination this weekend at the hands of the surging Brooklyn Nets, Bulls execs have already moved beyond the playoffs and started memorializing the 2013 season.
While the statue artist has cleared the statue for unveiling—see below “street test”— Derrick has requested that it not be on display until he knows, in his mind, that it’s ready.
The birthday boy, Lou Canellis, has the day off. Rafer Weigel of ABC 7 hosts with Roe Conn and Richard Roeper.
The Chicago Blackhawks eye history as they could tie the NHL record of consecutive games without a loss in regulation. The Hawks are 12-0-3 and own the best record in the NHL. Along with an explosive offense, the defense has been a large part of their winning ways but tonight they will be missing one of their best defensemen, Brent Seabrook.
The Vancouver Canucks who handed the Blackhawks one of their three losses, visit the United Center tonight.
The Chicago Bulls visit the Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Hornet tonight in their first game since the All-Star break. Derrick Rose is occupying much of the Bulls news, as he participated in five-on-five for the first time this season. No return date has been set for Rose, who is recovering from an ACL injury.