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Bulls’ DeMar DeRozan Weighs In on Warriors’ Draymond Green, Jordan Poole

Don’t look now but Chicago Bulls star wing DeMar DeRozan is just 24 points away from 20,000 in his career – he would be the 50th player in NBA history to do so. One does not achieve such a lofty mark without a combination of talent and a strong work ethic.

It also means that player has been around for some time and has witnessed the inner workings of an NBA locker room or two.

DeRozan certainly has his fair share of stories to tell.

But one thing he won’t do is pass judgment on a situation in which he is not privy to all of the details. That is a message he passed along regarding the recent dust-up between Golden State Warriors stars Draymond Green and Jordan Poole, “we don’t know what happened, what was said”.

DeRozan: Fights Not Uncommon

The Bulls’ five-time All-Star sat down with David Aldridge of The Athletic to discuss a wide array of topics spanning his 13-year NBA career. In all that time – like an eternity with the average NBA career lasting roughly 4.5 years – DeRozan has seen a thing or two.

Some of them have been altercations that have gotten physical.

“A lot of times when I’ve been around that, you come back even better,” DeRozan told Aldridge. “Especially when the guys understand what was at hand. So, for me, I definitely look at it from a different light. It just sucks that the perception got out there, and people look at it however they want to look at it. But it’s nothing that’s uncommon. Not saying it happens all the time, or I’m not saying it’s the right (way) to go about it. But when you’re dealing with the ultimate competitors in our league, things are going to happen.”

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Bears QB Justin Fields Sounds Off on Lamar Jackson, Ravens

The Chicago Bears had the NFL’s second-best rushing attack coming into their tilt on Monday Night Football. They left out with the best of them all. So, it wasn’t necessarily a renewed commitment to the ground attack that led to their rolling up 243 yards on the ground against the New England Patriots.

But they did alter their approach to that dedication that also had them fourth in attempts going into that game and sitting in second place now.

After the game, quarterback Justin Fields – who had a career-high 14 carries for 82 yards – provided a little insight into how the Bears took advantage of their bye week. He also revealed from where they drew inspiration for the shift.

Justin Fields, Bears Inspired by Lamar Jackson’s Ravens

Bears Highlight Fields’ Strengths

After the Bears’ narrow 12-7 loss to the Washington Commanders at home on Thursday Night Football, head coach Matt Eberflus said he would use the break to reassess everything. That included the lineup after miscues cost them back-to-back games late. It also included their offensive scheme that had ranked 28th in yards per game

That was mostly thanks to a moribund passing attack that still ranks 30th in touchdowns and dead last in attempts and yards.

What was the solution to generating offense and, in some ways, hiding the quarterback and line? The Bears were inspired by one of the most unique players in league history: former NFL MVP and Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.

“It just brings another whole element to our offense, stealing some plays from the Ravens,” Fields said after the game. “Yup-yup-yup. We got a couple of ones from them.” (h/t Mark Grote/670 The Score)

It certainly worked.

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Exec Talks Potential Blockbuster Bulls Trade for Anthony Davis

Everyone loves a good sports story – the long-tenured veteran finally winning the big one or the diamond-in-the-rough that goes on to become a superstar. And of course, there is the local talent getting a chance to play for their hometown team which Chicago Bulls fans know well thanks to Derrick Rose.

When it comes to Los Angeles Lakers superstar Anthony Davis, however, the path from dream to reality is not quite clear.

Davis, who is squarely in the middle of a contract that will have paid him nearly $190 million over five years when all is said and done, has entertained the idea. Even more so in recent years than in the past.

But, as one Western Conference executive explained, getting it done is complicated.

‘Hard to See’ AD to CHI

“AD has always talked about playing in his hometown,” the exec told Heavy Sports’ NBA insider Sean Deveney, “but it is hard to see a deal that could come together there. Not sure the Bulls would consider doing Zach LaVine for Davis but that is probably what it would take and that would not be able to happen until later because LaVine signed the new contract.”

Everything the Bulls have done under vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas leading up to this summer was essentially about retaining LaVine.

The Bulls signed him to a $215 million max deal this summer, the largest in franchise history.

They are off to a 2-2 start that featured a pair of disheartening losses sandwiched in between a pair of convincing victories. LaVine missed their first two games, making his debut in the home opener with 23 points on 52.7% shooting.

He will continue to have his workload managed but both he and the Bulls are all-in together.

Davis and the Lakers are off to a rough start, going 0-3 to start the new season amid shaky team chemistry. The Chicago native Davis, however, is off to a solid start averaging 24.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.7 steals, 2.3 blocks, and 1.0 assists.

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Retired NFL Vets Sound Off on Bears’ Justin Fields

The NFL can be a fickle place as the Chicago Bears know all too well. Just a week ago they were under fire for dropping a close game at home against the Washington Commanders in primetime. Flash forward just 11 days and, while perhaps not fully sold just yet, folks are coming around to, not only quarterback Justin Fields but also the people in charge of getting the Bears out of misery.

And it’s all because they went into Foxboro and exorcised a laundry list of demons – some not even their own – and took down Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football with a 33-14 final tally.

It was a game that showcased the best of all three phases for a team that had previously gotten in its own way more often than not coming in.

No one embodied that more than the Bears’ second-year passer.

Robert Griffin III, Clay Harbor Sound Off on Bears’ Justin Fields

Bears, Justin Fields’ Big Day

Former NFL tight end-turned-analyst Clay Harbor took to Twitter to highlight a sequence by Fields. It was in the first quarter. The Bears led by three points and were already nearing the red zone around New England’s 34-yard line. In the first half of the clip, Fields goes through his reads before coming back to find former Patriot N’Keal Harry in the middle of the Field.

He followed that up with a scramble that saw him get down quickly rather than risk taking a big hit trying to fight for extra yardage.

After a David Montgomery run on the ensuing play, Fields took it himself for a three-yard score.

That put the Bears up 10-0. But they were far from in the clear as the Patriots scored back-to-back touchdowns following a change at quarterback from Mac Jones to Bailey Zappe and an interception from Fields.

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Chicago Bulls HC Urged to Make Major Decision on Former Lottery Pick

Insider Suggests Bulls HC Billy Donovan Bench Patrick Williams

It has only been three games but the on-floor product and the record have some imploring the Chicago Bulls to make a significant change to their starting lineup. The rub is, it’s one they have already experimented with.

In fact, the Bulls trotted out variations of this suggestion in two of their four preseason tilts.

“Start Javonte Green on Monday against the Boston Celtics,” says K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago.

Patrick Williams was a major storyline for the Bulls as they bypassed shaking up their roster despite their competition in the Eastern Conference doing so. With such little room for error – they are without starting point guard Lonzo Ball and are managing Zach LaVine to begin the season – time is of the essence.

Williams Failing to Impress

“This is less about rewarding Green for helping briefly flip the energy of an otherwise desultory, blowout loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Saturday’s home opener,” writes Johnson. “It’s also not about some punitive demotion for Williams. It may not even have to be a permanent play.”

The Bulls fell 128-96 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first game at the United Center and for LaVine this season.

Continue reading “Billy Donovan Advised to Make Drastic Decision on Bulls’ ‘X-Factor'” at Heavy.com and get other NBA stories here!

Triple Zeros: Rob Schaefer – NBC Sports Chicago

Triple Zeros

Rob Schaefer – NBC Sports Chicago

Happy to welcome Rob Schaefer (@rob_schaef) of NBC Sports Chicago and the “Bulls Talk Podcast” to this episode of Triple Zeros! Rob shared his thoughts on the Chicago Bulls‘ surprising season-opening win on the road over the Miami Heat led by DeMar DeRozan‘s 37-point effort. He also shared his thoughts on the suddenly murky health status of Zach LaVine, the emergence of Ayo Dosunmu, and the quality additions of Goran Dragic and Andre Drummond. All of that and much more!

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Triple Zeros: Ryan Taylor of NBC Sports Chicago

Triple Zeros

Ryan Taylor of NBC Sports Chicago

Happy to welcome Ryan Taylor (@rytay_), Digital Content Producer for NBC Sports Chicago, to Triple Zeros! Ryan joins us to discuss the Chicago Bulls on the heels of a very revealing and eventful Media Day and the first day of training camp. We talk about the impact of Lonzo Ball’s surgery and absence as well as the effect the entire situation appears to be having on him. Ryan later shares who he expects to start in Ball’s absence – and who he would start – after Billy Donovan hinted at a training camp battle

Then, we shift towards how the offense is expected to look after Patrick Williams alluded to major changes this season. Could we see him unlock a new level of playmaking alongside the Bulls’ Big 3? Ryan also gives his assessment of the Arturas Karnisovas-led front office and their approach leading up to and including this offseason. Will their decision to “run it back” pay off? All of that and much more on this episode of Triple Zeros!

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Triple Zeros: Alex Shapiro – Chicago Bears Season Preview

Triple Zeros

Alex Shapiro – Chicago Bears Season Preview

Triple Zeros is happy to welcome Alex Shapiro of NBC Sports Chicago to the show to talk all things Chicago Bears. Training camp and the preseason are now over and Week 1 of the regular season is right around the corner.

Alex shared his thoughts on the differences between the new coaching staff led by Matt Eberflus and the old one led by Matt Nagy. He also spoke on the state of the wide receiving corps beyond third-year man Darnell Mooney and what to make of the chatter about Teven Jenkins getting traded while he’s manned the starting right guard position.

Things switch over to the defense as Alex gets honest about his expectations from the Bears’ pass rush. Will Trevis Gipson take another step? Can Robert Quinn turn in another signature season? What about the secondary with two rookies at cornerback (Kyler Gordon) and safety (Jaquan Brisker)?

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Rob Schaefer – NBC Sports Chicago Triple Zeros

Happy to welcome Rob Schaefer (@rob_schaef) of NBC Sports Chicago and the "Bulls Talk Podcast" to the show! Rob shared his thoughts on the Bulls' surprising season-opening win on the road over the Miami Heat led by DeMar DeRozan's 37-point effort. He also shared his thoughts on the suddenly murky health status of Zach LaVine, the emergence of Ayo Dosunmu, and the quality additions of Goran Dragic and Andre Drummond. All of that and much more! Follow the show on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@JoshGBuck, @3ZerosPod, @ClockerSports), and check out ClockerSports.com today! Heavy on Bulls/Last Word on Pro Football/Soaring Down South — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/triplezeros/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/triplezeros/support
  1. Rob Schaefer – NBC Sports Chicago
  2. Ryan Taylor of NBC Sports Chicago – Chicago Bulls Media Day
  3. Alex Shapiro – Chicago Bears Season Preview
  4. Bears Preseason Catch-Up/Bulls Offseason Recap
  5. Kenneth Davis – Talking Chicago Bears

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Triple Zeros – Bears Preseason Catch-Up/Bulls Offseason Recap

Triple Zeros returns with a slew of updates from the Chicago Bears training camp. We’ll go over who the standouts have been, how the team has looked, and what to expect this coming season from the team and second-year quarterback Justin Fields.

We also recap the preseason opener – a 19-14 Bears comeback victory over the visiting Kansas City Chiefs – and get into how much we’ll see of the starters the rest of the summer.

Then, things switch to the Chicago Bulls whose offseason has gone from boring to action-packed. Their stars like Zach LaVine and young guys Dalen Terry have all made been making headlines for all of the right reasons including showing out in pro-ams and training together.

But there are some rumors that force us to ask the tough questions about head coach Billy Donovan and the future of this “win-now” roster after the Eastern Conference got better this summer.

We get into all of that and more from around the NBA and NFL!

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Triple Zeros: Kenneth Davis – Talking Chicago Bears

Triple Zeros

Kenneth Davis – Talking Chicago Bears

Kenneth Davis of The Under Center Podcast and WARR Media joins Triple Zeros to talk about his journey and, of course, the Chicago Bears. We go over what to make of wide receiver David Moore’s arrest while making a run for the border. Also, are general manager Ryan Poles and head coach Matt Eberflus completely sold on quarterback Justin Fields? If so, have they done enough to support him? We also touch on why fans should continue to trust, not rush, the process and so much more.

Be sure to follow Kenneth on Twitter @ThatsDavis and keep up with all of the great work that he and the rest of the crew do for NBC Sports Chicago on the Under Center podcast and all of the great content being created over at WARR Media.

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