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Locked On Bulls is back with a fresh Friday episode, the guys kick off the show talking about a difficult matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks tonight. How can the Bulls matchup with the Bucks fierce three-point shooting, their length, and rim protection tonight? The guys dive into how Giannis Antetokounmpo is already the favorite for MVP, could Khris Middleton end up in a Bulls uniform next season, Brook vs. Robin Lopez, and more. The guys detail the Bulls and Bucks team stats, how they stack up against each other, and will Jabari Parker’s return to Milwaukee tonight be good or bad?

The guys have a conversation about Lauri Markkanen and how the Bulls have pushed his return back slightly. Are the Bulls doing this with mindfulness of the draft in mind already? Are the Bulls just taking every precaution they can to remain fully healthy once Dunn, Portis, and Markkanen return? The guys discuss how this affects the Bulls evaluation of the core altogether, has this put their timeline of competitiveness back, and when we might actually see Markkanen again.

Finally, the guys wrap up with a preview of the Bulls matchup Saturday night at home against the Toronto Raptors. Matt argues that the Raptors have been the best team so far this season with the addition of Kawhi Leonard. Jordan tries to give a positive spin for the second game of a back-to-back, how the Bulls can capitalize on tired Raptors squad. The guys also discuss the depth of the Raptors bench and how that might be a problem for the Bulls. All of this and so much more on Locked On Bulls.

Jordan Maly is the host of Locked On Bulls, he's a native of Naperville, IL and graduated from Indiana University - Bloomington. Jordan has spent time covering the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Hoosiers basketball and football, and the Big Ten Conference as a credentialed writer. Jordan has been published in Bleacher Report, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, SB Nation, FanSided, and Yahoo Sports.

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Bulls Otto Porter Jr.’s career night and how he is building chemistry

Otto Porter Jr. might be the most expensive player on the Bulls roster right now but it’s hard to deny the impact he has had in the short time he has played so far. Locked On Bulls talks about how he is developing chemistry with Lauri Markkanen and Zach LaVine along with his career night against the Grizzlies.

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Otto Porter Jr. is quickly finding his stride with Bulls - Locked On Bulls

Locked On Bulls is back with a fresh episode, Jordan Maly goes solo to bring you into the weekend. He breaks down the Bulls win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, their final game before the All-Star break. He also talks about Otto Porter Jr.’s career night, how the team has increasingly improved on the offensive side, one big question in the absence of Kris Dunn, and Bobby Portis sheds some light on what went down last week before he was traded.

Otto Porter Jr. has only played four games for the Chicago Bulls but Wednesday night was the first time in his career he has taken 20 or more field goal attempts. Jordan discusses his confidence level, whether he really was the third wheel to John Wall and Bradley Beal in Washington, and how we should still temper expectations in the remainder of the season. Jordan talks about Zach LaVine’s impressive night as a distributor, how he is continuing to improve his vision as a passer and facilitator.

Jordan gets to his one biggest question of the night: what speaks bigger volumes about the Bulls win, Kris Dunn’s absence from the lineup or a point guard like Ryan Arcidiacono playing so well with the starting five? He tries to weigh the odds with a small sample size and discusses some of the factors that might play out the rest of the year.

The other main topic on the show today includes Bobby Portis’ interview with Alex Kennedy from Hoops Hype on Wednesday afternoon. Portis tells Hoops Hype about how he found out he was getting traded, whether or not he knew that he was being discussed as part of a deal prior to the deadline, and what his feelings were like after it all went down. Jordan gives his take on why he thinks Portis still believes the Bulls and Chicago were a great overall but this latest and last situation was handled poorly. All of this and so much more on Locked On Bulls.

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Bulls Mailbag: LaVine PG experiment, Noah, if no Zion… (Plan B), Porter

Bulls fans text and call in asking, Locked On Bulls is here to answer – Should the Bulls experiment with Zach LaVine at point guard? Would Joakim Noah be a good veteran big to mentor Markkanen and Carter? What’s plan B if you don’t strike rich on Zion? All of this and more.

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Bulls Mailbag: Experimenting with Zach LaVine at point guard is not a good idea - Locked On Bulls

Locked On Bulls is back with a fresh episode, the guys spend the entire show taking your mailbag questions and voicemails – drop them a text or voicemail at (331)-979-1369. Some of the topics include Joakim Noah becoming the next veteran mentor, testing out Zach LaVine at point guard, other options if the Bulls lose out on Zion Williamson, the aftermath of the Otto Potter Jr. trade, is this the last rebuild for management, and so much more.

Locked On Bulls starts with a question about Joakim Noah potentially coming back to the Bulls in a veteran leadership role to help mentor Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. – the guys discuss some of Noah’s comments before the Bulls game Wednesday night and what Noah’s goals might be. The guys also take a look at the free agent market should Robin Lopez get bought out or go elsewhere this summer and who could fill that void.

The guys field some hypothetical trade scenarios that lingered from after the trade deadline and have a larger discussion about the equal value of players overall. The guys get a question about stretching and waiving players on a roster, what it would do to the Bulls cap space, and what advantages and disadvantages it would have. Locked On Bulls answers a question about Denzel Valentine vs. Wayne Selden Jr. and what the Bulls should do with both of players this summer.

Locked On Bulls voicemails include more reaction to the Otto Porter Jr. trade and fans are continuing to feel like it was the right move. Another caller discusses the front office from the perspective of the ownership and how they might see them as being successful over the last few rebuilds but believes this might be their final chance.

Some of the other discussions on the show include Paxson and Boylen having similar basketball philosophies, where Zion Williamson would play if the Bulls were to land him, Dunn’s defense, and what will Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis get on the free agent market this summer? All of this and so much more on Locked On Bulls.

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Will too much grit and toughness bring Bulls long-term side effects?

Kris Dunn is just the latest example of the Bulls being plagued by injury this season but the bigger question is, why did he go back into the game when it’s clear he wasn’t right?

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Kris Dunn just the latest example of Bulls plagued by injury - Locked On Bulls

Locked On Bulls is back with a fresh episode, the guys kick off the show talking about the growing concern of players battling through injuries to stay on the floor and Jim Boylen’s philosophies about “toughness” and “grit”. The latest examples come with point guard Kris Dunn injuring his tailbone against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night, leaving the game but coming back late in the fourth quarter. The guys discuss if it’s in the best interest of a rebuilding Bulls team to let players fight through injury and whether or not it could end up with the risk of long-term effects.

The guys have a conversation about what it means to be a Bulls core player after the recent trade deadline moves made. The guys discuss the Bulls core since the rebuild started and even prior to that. Jordan asks the question if there are qualifications or requirements to be a part of the core? The guys discuss if roster turnover is just part of being in a rebuild and if it’s all just part of the process in getting to the final result of a competitive, championship level team. Is the message consistent about the evaluation and patience level there is for “core players”? What do Bulls fans believe a core player means and what do standard do they hold them to?

The final segment of the show the guys talk about the three-point shooting in the Jim Boylen era. The guys talk about Lauri Markkanen and Zach LaVine’s improved three-point shooting numbers from last year to this year and how the additions of Wayne Selden Jr. and Otto Porter Jr. have only strengthened their ability to from beyond the arc. The guys dive into the analytics of all the players on the Bulls from three and what they want to see in the remaining games going forward. All of this and so much more on Locked On Bulls.

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