ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell returns to the show to share the sights and sounds of training camp. The Bulls’ beat writer then helps us conclude our weekly preview of Eastern Conference contenders with a breakdown of the Miami Heat.
Find out if what Nick’s seen and heard at the Berto Center this past week is enough to put the Bulls “over the top” against the defending champions.
Also, stay locked on TheBullsShow.com for more details on our inaugural Bulls trivia night hosted by State Restaurant & Cafe on Monday, October 28th!
Hey Michael, how many more days until the Bulls’ preseason starts and Derrick Rose plays basketball again?
Late last week, news came out that Toronto would become the host city for 2016 All-Star Weekend, to which many hip hop-loving basketball fans immediately concluded that Drake is already booked for halftime. While that's still unofficial (it may as well be official), one thing that is official is that Drake is the new "global ambassador" for the Toronto Raptors.
That's right! Enter Drizzy as the next hip hop artist to be directly affiliated with an NBA team. His responsibilities will include being a host, business partner, and consultant for the Raps. I'm not sure how actively involved he'll be exactly, but I'm pretty sure we'll hear a line from him about saving basketball in Canada on the next album. In the meantime, it's still NWTS and video of the announcement is above.
Derrick Rose came back home on Sunday to officially launch the adidas #DRose4 in front of thousands of Chicago's youth at the United Center! The extravagant event held by adidas was not only for the shoe, but also for Rose to show some love and inspiration to his home city through a fun series of activities like a shooting game with some lucky teenagers. The crowd was also treated to a special guest performance from Big Sean, who performed a series of his hits at the beginning and end of the event.
We were amongst the media covering the festivities courtside and we were able to get some words from D. Rose and Big Sean for the video above.
The video is a highlight reel of the entire event that also features:
- A chilling introduction of Derrick Rose
- Rose talking about the changes in his game, how he feels mentally and physically going into the new season, and keeping kids on the right track.
- An all-star slam dunk contest judged by D. Rose & Big Sean
- Benny The Bull trampoline dunks over the Luvabulls
- Big Sean talking about being at the event and supporting D. Rose
- Big Sean shooting the J... does he make it?
- Big Sean performing "Beware"
Salute and special thanks to adidas Basketball for putting on the "all in for Chicago" event. Also to D. Rose and Big Sean for their words in the video and putting on an entertaining show for the youth — a main takeaway from the #DRose4 launch!
This is always an exciting time of the year. The refreshing Fall weather always cools down a sizzling summertime Chi. Football season is underway (and the Bears are good). TV Season is transitioning from finales (like Breaking Bad and Dexter) to the start of new seasons. And, what takes precedence over all of the above: the NBA is right around the corner!
An annual sign of basketball's return is the release of our hometown hero Derrick Rose's new signature shoe with adidas. The #DRose4 was revealed in grandiose fashion here in Chicago yesterday at the United Center as D. Rose was back home to showcase the shoe to thousands of Chicago youth. We'll have more coverage coming from the event today. This post is purely about the #DRose4 shoe.
The away and home editions were released as the customary Bulls color scheme of black, red, and white were mixed for these versions that Rose will be wearing on the court upon his long-awaited return.
The #DRose4 — Away
As you'll notice, the signature three stripes are on the back heel and there is an abrupt contrast in materials and color between the heel and the forefront of the shoe. After seeing this in person, I can attest that this contrast looks great from far away and give the #DRose4 a unique feature for any casual basketball fan watching the Bulls this year. While it's distinctive, the Bulls color scheme doesn't make it too flashy. Overall, the #DRose4 aestetically possesses a nice balance of unique features, materials, and color placements. I'm excited to see five other colorways to be released throughout the year.
The #DRose4 — Home
For more information on the technology behind the #DRose4 visit adidas.com and you can cop the shoe and Rose's new collection on October 10th (the shoe retails for $140).
Lastly, we're a big fan of the creative process and so it was also great to see adidas unveiling three sketches of the Rose 4 in development. Take a look at these behind the scenes photos and even more on our tumblr, where we also gave you a sneak peak of photos from yesterday's event at the United Center. More photos and video to come!
And thus it begins! adidas unveils it's first marketing campaign for Derrick Rose and his all new #DRose4 set to be released this Fall. The one-minute spot features a mix of motivational highlights and naration from Rose himself. The first glimpse of the shoe was smooth, and this feels like a nice transition from #TheReturn series and documentary this time last year. D. Rose is ready! October 29th at Miami.
Guys, we're less than 40 days away from Bulls vs. Heat to start the regular season! (39 to be exact...)
As such, the timing seems just right for us to get irrationally excited about our Chicago Bulls and #TheReturn of D. Rose. Today it was revealed that he's covering the upcoming November issue of the basketball mag bible, SLAM. His bold quote on the cover, as The Bulls Show pointed out, rings similarly to D. Rose's bold quote on the cover of SLAM prior to his MVP season (see: below). This, plus excerpts of Rose's interview with the mag, are all reasons why I'm especially anxious today for October 29th when it's official "'Go Time".
On goals he has headed into the season:
“It’s only one goal that I have, really my whole team has, and that’s to win a Championship. All the individual goals, of course we appreciate ‘em and we love to get ‘em, but our No. 1 goal is to go out there and play as hard as we can so that we can be raising that trophy at the end.”
We check in on Derrick Rose’s offseason workouts and continue our Eastern Conference preview with the revamped Brooklyn Nets. We discuss the strengths of last year’s first round playoff opponent and the challenges rookie coach Jason Kidd will have to overcome against the Bulls. To conclude the show, the Fastbreak mirrors a TMZ report with the latest gossip from around the league.
As we look ahead to Brooklyn’s prospects this season, it gives us an opportunity to look back on their most memorable failures last season. Never forget.
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Investigates what?! Well, find out in another great commercial with Foot Locker & Nike (they're on a roll after Stephen Curry vs. James Harden in the "Harden Soul Remix") as Kevin Durant plays the control center guy with agents Dirk Nowitzki and Marco Belinelli (yes, former Bull Marco Belinelli with the big look in this commercial) deciding which ballers are 'ready' or 'not ready'. Can this be a show? It's already better than all of NBC's new shows.
In our annual Bulls player preview, we set our expectations for the upcoming season for each member of the roster. Find out which Bulls we believe will improve and produce in 2013/14, and which players may have reached their ceiling.