We take a quick look back at the Miami series and the season as a whole with our disappointment still offset by pride. Given the circumstances, the 2012/13 Bulls were incredibly entertaining and still managed to overachieve. We also dip into some offseason speculation and project next season's roster. Finally, we offer our bold (dumb?) predictions for the remainder of the playoffs. Thank you all for listening and a fun season!
We analyze and discuss how the Bulls fell short in Game 3 despite their valiant effort. What needs to change heading into Monday's Game 4? Even though the series is far from over, we also examine the Bulls chances against the Heat in the future with a full roster and try not to sulk in this year's lost opportunity. Be sure to also listen to the very end to help celebrate the show's birthday!
Hello Brooklyn! And last week, it was Goodbye Brooklyn for Nate Robinson and the Chicago Bulls. After the team's Game 7 win and Game 1 upset over Miami, the city is swept with #SeeRed fever. And that's not to discount the Blackhawks as the city is fully behind them for their playoff run. Needless to say, it's an exciting time to be a Chicago sports fan.
But to bring it back to the topic at hand, Nate Robinson's State Of Nate web series gives us a TV-style behind-the-scenes look at the life of a rising NBA star. Nate Rob's latest episode, filmed and directed by TeeJay Regan comes at a quick turnaround, documenting his stay in New York City for the Bulls' first round playoff series versus the Brooklyn Nets. This was one of the series' best episodes yet as Nate took us on a tour of numerous shopping boutiques all across the borroughs (with Rip Hamilton), dinner at his favorite spot in the city with Daequan Cook and Taj Gibson, and of course a little insight into the day of the game. Some other highlights: the art work he got presented to by @ArtMobb and all of the fans he has from NYC (from when he used to be a Knick), most notably the taxi driver in the beginning.
If you don't have the time to sit with this at this moment, at least check out the new NBA ad spot for Nate Rob: "We Are All Watching: Nate Robinson". Chilling! Definitely give State Of Nate a look-see above when you do get the time, and get amped for a big Game 3 at the Madhouse on Madison tonight! #GoBulls
The battered, but not broken Bulls stunned the rested, but rusty Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals, and we try to make sense of it all. Listen in as we bask in the glory of arguably the greatest two game stretch in Bulls playoff history. How is this happening? We don't really know, but no hyperbole is safe. One game doesn't make a series, but does one game have us drinking the kool-aid? We also fulfill our contractual obligation to talk about Derrick Rose for 10 minutes too long.
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How do you celebrate the most improbable playoff win in Miami? With a rapper in the club, of course... and in Vlad Rad's case, dressed like a tourist in his licensed team apparel. I went and got the 2nd picture from the future, obviously. - Nillz, Bulls Show (1st photo via Rip Hamilton's Instagram).
Our new "Big 3" talk about the highs & lows between games four and five, and the uncertainty surrounding game 6. After a few days removed from Saturday's triple overtime thriller, listen in to see if we can provide proper (and coherent) perspective on the Bulls epic comeback. Also, is Thursday night a must win for the Bulls? Will this be our last recording during the season? Could/should the offseason feature a blockbuster deal for Kevin Love? Find out our thoughts on all this and more in episode 42 of the Bulls Show.
The timing couldn't be better as on the heels of the Chicago Bulls' memorable Game 4 comeback, Young General showcases his Chicago pride with the new theme song for the playoffs and beyond — "Welcome To The Madhouse". For our many out of town readers, 'The Madhouse' is the nickname for the United Center a.k.a. The Madhouse On Madison that the Chicago Blackhawks also call home. If you've been to a Bulls playoff game, or any Blackhawks game, then you know... the UC truly is a mad house.
Young General first set out to illustrate this with a motivational song recalling Queen's "We Will Rock You" (#1 on the "Mount Rushmore" of sports pump up songs). Marcus Rezak, lead guitarist of Digital Tape Machine, adds an energetic dynamic with fast-paced riffs throughout, and General does his thing with intricate rhymes and references throughout verses that separate the chanting and catchy chorus.
It was only right to premiere "Welcome To The Madhouse" with a video to drive home the united scene at the Madhouse (no pun intended) and above all: the legions of loyal Chicago sports fans that are characteristic of our city. The video is shot in various Chicago locations outside of the United Center by our own Teddy Waffles, who did all the filming, editing, and directing for this Gowhere Hip Hop presented music video! We're all proud of this project and encourage you to take a look at the video above (especially all the way through to the end for some raw footage of one of the most memorable Bulls games all season... chllls...), download the song below, and come out to the "Welcome To The Madhouse" release party this Thursday at Bottom Lounge with Zion I and ProbCause.
While the site was down this week, The Bulls Show launched their latest as Mitch & Nillz bring you "Grit & Guts". Note that it was recorded right after Game 2 the other night so keep that in mind as you press play for some breakdown of the Bulls-Nets 1st round playoff series. Game 3 is ongoing at post time so be sure to follow them on Twitter (@TheBullsShow & @MitchDontLie) for live game updates and hilarious tweets. This episode was a great one that not only touched on Bulls-Nets, Kirk Hinrich's "grit" and Joakim Noah's "guts", but also the ongoing D-Rose D-Rama and a great analysis of poor front office management. "Grit & Guts" not only features the stylings of Mitch & Nillz but also special guest, winner of The Bulls Show fantasy league, and a "tastemaker" homie of GWHH — Eugene (who needs a cool nickname). I enjoyed Euge's thoughtful commentary to the 3-man weave, how Mitch & Nillz constantly ripped on him, and the personal shoutout as well!
Mitch & Nillz welcome to the show Bulls beat writer and insider Chris Cason of Examiner.com. Chris dishes on the controversy surrounding Joakim Noah's benching and the emergence of Jimmy Butler from Saturday night's loss to Memphis. Listen in as Chris also shares his insight on this Bulls season, including the team's playoff chances and the timetable of Derrick Rose's return.