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Bulls surface level improvement is coupled with prehistoric offense

Chicago Bulls are showing some surface level improvements, but let’s not be fooled… The Bulls are historically bad on offense.

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Locked On Bulls is back with a fresh episode, the guys kick off the show reminiscing on the Bulls 2018 in its entirety. The ups and downs, the changes, and are the Bulls in a better position now than they were just a year ago? The guys discuss the Bulls surface level improvements since Jim Boylen has taken over but also caution fans to be realistic about these ‘improvements’.

The guys break down the Bulls win in Washington, how the Wizards depleted roster gave the Bulls everything they could handle. The guys highlight Wendell Carter Jr.’s impressive game, his ability to play more than 30-minutes for the first time under Boylen, and why Carter should continue to get 10 or more shots per game. The guys also highlight the effectiveness of Zach LaVine since his return from a sprained ankle.

The Bulls fell to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night without Kyle Lowry, the guys explain what went wrong and some of the lineup choices Boylen has used. Why is Robin Lopez a focal point of the offense when he’s on the floor? The guys discuss the prehistoric offense that has set back some of the younger players. Will Boylen adapt to the NBA’s modern style or continue to push ‘grinding it out’ as an improvement?

To wrap up, Locked On Bulls discusses K.C. Johnson’s interview with Jabari Parker. The guys talk about Parker’s honesty with where he’s at, his disappointment with how things have gone in Chicago, who is to blame, his confusion on his role, and where he sees himself after the trade deadline. The guys talk about fault on both sides and a common theme among a lot of players who have not lived up to expectations of the front office. 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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Portis and Parker return to Chicago (again) plus Bulls Mailbag

Former Bulls forwards Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker return to Chicago tonight for the second time since being traded in early February. Locked On Bulls also takes Bulls fans voicemails and questions on their weekly mailbag episode.

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Locked On Bulls is back with a fresh episode, the guys preview tonight’s matchup against the Washington Wizards, focus their attention on the return of Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis for the second time since being traded, and take Bulls fans texts, voicemails, and tweets in their weekly Bulls mailbag in the second half of the show.

Jabari Parker spoke to The Athletic’s Fred Katz about his time in Chicago this season and from his point of view how things went amidst the return to the United Center tonight for the second time. Jordan and Matt highlight some of the most interesting quotes from the article and talk about both Parker and Portis’ play since being traded at the deadline. What do the guys think Parker and Portis will command in free agency this summer? Do Parker’s quotes seem to justify his time with the Bulls? The guys highlight Portis and Parker’s recent offensive success with the Wizards and how that might help their free agent stock heading into the summer.

Locked On Bulls spends the rest of the episode taking Bulls fans questions and comments on their weekly segment of Bulls Mailbag. The guys start with a question about NBA prospect Coby White from UNC and whether or not he is the second-best point guard in this year’s draft. Jordan and Matt debate his game over Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland’s potential and whether the Bulls would reach or trade down to draft a point guard if they fall out of the top three picks.

The guys wrap up taking voicemails and questions surrounding Duke’s Zion Williamson. One caller believes that the fix might be in for Zion to New York, are the guys buying it? Locked On Bulls discusses how Zion Williamson would impact all five of the NBA teams at the bottom of the NBA from a marketing standpoint. The guys also take a question about some concern about Zion’s build and whether or not he will be able to sustain a healthy career. All this and so much more on Locked On Bulls.

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Bulls win over the Suns looks a lot like December

Locked On Bulls Podcast is back with a fiery episode to break down the Bulls win over the Suns last night in Phoenix. The guys talk about Boylen’s system looking increasingly more like December, his ‘road dog mentality’ starting to irritate other coaches, and why lottery positioning is pretty much locked in now.

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Locked On Bulls is back with a fresh episode, the guys try and explain the Bulls win from last night against the Phoenix Suns. The guys talk about how the Bulls had an opportunity to climb into the top three in the lottery standings with Cleveland beating Detroit, Jim Boylen starting to revert back to old ways, Boylen’s timeouts at the end of the game, and why all of a sudden the offense is centered around Robin Lopez.

The guys open the show discussing how the impossible become possible last night, the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled off an upset win over the Detroit Pistons leaving a window of opportunity for the Bulls to pull within a half-game of the top three in the lottery. The guys discuss how the Suns decided to sit four rotation players (Holmes, Johnson, Oubre, Warren) while the Bulls sat one (Otto Porter Jr.) and pulled out one the most meaningless win of the season, ultimately locking them up for the fourth overall lottery position.

Jordan delivers his frustration about how the Bulls play is beginning to revert back to the way it was when head coach Jim Boylen first took over the team in December. The guys discuss how the offense was lead by Robin Lopez’s 27 points last night and the win wasn’t even carried by the young players for ‘development’. Locked On Bulls describes their frustration about the night and day difference from February to March and their growing concerns with the ‘do it our way’ mentality.

The guys also discuss Jim Boylen’s need to call a timeout under a minute left, how it has left Suns head coach Igor Kokoskov irate after the game, and why it only adds to the Bulls perception around the league as the season wraps up. Does Boylen care what other coaches think? Why does he do these types of things and does he see this as disrespect? All of this and so much more on Locked On Bulls.

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Canceling Bill Self Rumors and Third Quarters

NBC Sports Radio’s The Daily Line Podcast featured professional handicapper Brandon Lang on their show who said Kansas coach Bill Self would be leaving the program to become the Chicago Bulls head coach this summer. We’re not buying it, plus the guys cancel third quarters until further notice.

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Locked On Bulls podcast is back from the weekend – the guys address the Bill Self rumor right off the top, breakdown the two losses on the west coast to the Los Angeles Clippers and Sacramento Kings, discuss why they are canceling third quarters until further notice, and how the Bulls defensive effort has become a glaring issues in the month of March.

The guys kick off the show with a spicy rumor that dropped on Friday, according to professional handicapper Brandon Lang on NBC Sports Radio’s The Daily Line Podcast, Kansas Men’s Basketball Coach Bill Self will be leaving their program at the end of the season to take the head coaching job with the Chicago Bulls. The guys discuss how they’re not buying into this rumor and why it doesn’t make much sense. The guys also discuss the credibility, timing, and sources of the information.

The guys spend the majority of the episode diving into the Bulls west coast trip this weekend against the Clippers and Kings. The guys start with Doc Rivers and Jim Boylen’s ejections from Friday night’s games and Zach LaVine offering up to pay Bulls head coach’s fine. Jordan and Matt discuss the terrible third quarter for the Bulls and how it ended up costing the Bulls a win against one of the best teams in the month of March. What’s going on with Lauri Markkanen? Have teams began to adjust to Markkanen’s game and does Boylen and his staff have a game plan to counter?

Another topic of discussion is the breakdown of the Sacramento Kings loss from yesterday afternoon. The guys talk about the lack of energy and effort that mirrored signs of January and early games this season. Have the Bulls regressed defensively or has the offense come to a screeching halt? The guys dive into some advanced analytics behind the Bulls defense in the month of March, February, and over Jim Boylen’s tenure as head coach. The guys also talk about how the Bulls defense has been since the start of the rebuild. All of this and so much more on Locked On Bulls.

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