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Locked On Bulls joined by Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic

Darnell Mayberry has been covering the Chicago Bulls for The Athletic Chicago since 2017.

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Locked On Bulls is back with a fresh episode, the guys are joined by recurring guest of the show Darnell Mayberry who is a Senior Writer covering the Chicago Bulls for The Athletic.

The guys start with his most recent article about the rapidly approaching trade deadline and the Chicago Bulls decisions to be made. Besides just expiring contracts like Robin Lopez or non-guaranteed deals like Jabari Parker, will the Bulls look to move a player like Kris Dunn at the deadline? Have the Bulls fielded calls about Bobby Portis, who turned down an extension at the beginning of the season in order to bet on himself in restricted free agency in the summer of 2019.

The guys get into the battle of comments between Zach LaVine and Jim Boylen over the past few weeks and how it’s been reciprocated among fans and personnel around the NBA. Darnell explains from his point of view how LaVine is feeling about the direction of this team, why his voice is important even if his play on the floor has regressed, what the vibe is among players in the locker room, and if he expects anything to change in the final 34 games of the season.

The guys get into his long-form sit down with Bulls rising start Lauri Markkanen in which it was an opportunity to get a closer look at the No. 7 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. How has Markkanen been dealing with this roller coaster season? Does Markkanen have a personality hidden inside of him that is yet to be revealed to the masses?

The guys also talk about Darnell’s piece on former Bulls point guard Cameron Payne and how it may or may not change the perspective has on the way fans treat players here in Chicago. Mayberry offers his perspective on the pressure it takes to play in this city and the guys offer their opinions on why Payne may have been the punching bag for the frustration that wasn’t necessarily all Payne’s doing. The guys also talk about Jim Boylen wanting players to hold themselves accountable but if he is taking any accountability himself? 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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What will year two bring for Wendell Carter Jr.?

On today’s Locked On Bulls podcast, one of their conversations centered around Wendell Carter Jr.’s second year with the Bulls. What type of impact will a healthy roster including Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine, and the addition of Otto Porter Jr. do to the overall growth of his game?

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Locked On Bulls is back to quickly recap last night’s Bulls loss to the Knicks in New York, the guys circle around coaching, they discuss some improvements and surprises for Wendell Carter Jr. in year two, and a look at the NBA playoff picture.

The guys talk about last night’s loss to the worst team in the NBA, the New York Knicks. The guys discuss if this loss means anything in terms of the way Jim Boylen will be evaluated at the end of the season. The guys highlight quickly JaKarr Sampson’s first game in a Bulls uniform, Robin Lopez having a near career night on his birthday, and some discussion about the Knicks young center Mitchell Robinson.

The guys move on to looking around the NBA as the season winds down and the playoffs rapidly approach. Looking at the Eastern Conference first, which matchups seem like they could be the most intriguing in the first round? Who will make it out of the Nets, Pistons, Heat, and Magic for the last three spots? Is Kemba Walker’s time in Charlotte all but over and where are some likely free agent destinations for him? The guys circle around to the Western Conference where they talk about each matchup being equally as competitive in the first round.

The guys have a discussion on some of the teams who just missed out on the playoffs including the Sacramento Kings and how that relates to the Bulls plans next season. The guys talk about rookie Marvin Bagley III and how the Kings have managed his season this year. Why is it important to the Bulls? The guys will tell you. They also get into a conversation about Wendell Carter Jr.’s potential in year two and some of the possibilities we might see from him with the additions of a healthy Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Otto Porter Jr., and summer moves this off-season. All of this and so much more on Locked On Bulls.

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Bulls inch closer to a pivotal off-season, who will stick around?

Locked On Bulls is back from the weekend and the guys have a handful of conversations that surround the off-season that is rapidly approaching. Who will stick around that is still playing? Which prospects are moving up and down their draft board? How pivotal will this summer be for the Bulls rebuild?

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Locked On Bulls is back from the weekend, the guys briefly discuss Bulls-Raptors, Walt Lemon and JaKarr Sampson signings, a game of Would You Rather? Bulls roster edition, coaching search, and a surprise team in on AD this summer?

The guys kick off the episode talking about the Bulls recent signings of Walt Lemon Jr. and JaKarr Sampson to help close out the season. The guys discuss Lemon’s first game against the Raptors on Saturday and what Sampson can bring in the final few games. The guys wonder if the signings come out of basic necessity, are good faith measures for good seasons in the G-League, or something else?

Locked On Bulls plays a short game of “Would You Rather” Bulls roster edition. If you had the choice to only keep one of the following three players, who would it be and why: Ryan Arcidiacono, Shaq Harrison, or Wayne Selden Jr.? The guys talk about the impact all three guys have had this season, what the Bulls will look like fully healthy next season and how that will impact their decision on keeping fringe players around.

The guys dive into the March Madness games from the weekend with a specific conversation on Duke prospect R.J. Barrett after their loss on Sunday. Have their opinions changed at all on Barrett as a possible option? The guys lay out some strengths and weaknesses they saw from the tournament in his game.

To wrap up the show, Locked On Bulls talks briefly about former Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg took the job at Nebraska officially. How does that impact a potential Bulls coaching search this summer? The guys also get into an interesting conversation about Anthony Davis after hearing a rumor about a possible surprise team in play this summer on The Lowe Post podcast. All of this and so much more on Locked On Bulls.

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Bulls crawling to the finish line as injuries, losses pile up

Locked On Bulls Podcast recaps last night’s loss to the Toronto Raptors, talks about Lauri Markkanen leaving the game in the third quarter, some last minute antics, and taking mailbag questions from their text and voicemail line.

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Locked On Bulls is back with a fresh episode, the guys recap last night’s loss to the Toronto Raptors without Zach LaVine, Otto Porter Jr., and Kris Dunn. The guys spend the second half of the show taking mailbag questions, texts, tweets, and voicemails in their weekly episode of Locked On Bulls mailbag.

Some of the topics include whether the Bulls will look to draft a big man in the second round, some prospects available, would they take the risk on Bol Bol if he slides to the end of the first-early second round, and a scenario of trading up with the Atlanta Hawks for the No. 2 pick.

The guys talk about last night’s game with the idea that LaVine, Porter, and Dunn were out and the Bulls only dressed nine players. Lauri Markkanen only played 16 minutes in the game and left with ‘illness’ in the third quarter. Should the Bulls think about shutting him down for the rest of the season?

The guys talk about the time he did spend on the floor last night and how he was more aggressive but just missing shots. The guys also mention how the Raptors seem to be walking through this game as told by the final score, they mention the final 90 seconds and give props to Shaq Harrison and Wayne Selden Jr.

Should the Bulls be looking to draft a backup big man with their recently acquired second-round pick in the upcoming draft? Would you take the risk on NBA prospect Bol Bol if he started to slide to the end of the first round? What would it take to trade up from pick No. 4 to No. 2? All of these voicemails are answered and so much more on today’s episode of Locked On Bulls.

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