The Chicago Bulls Beat
Relax, the Bulls are Still Very Good

Relax, the Bulls are Still Very Good

January 13, 2022

The Brooklyn Nets walloped the Chicago Bulls last night, but people need to relax!

One regular season game doesn't change the narrative or make the Bulls less of a contender, something the lads try to ram home on the show.

From there, the conversation moves to the NBA trade deadline, with questions asked about whether Patrick Williams or Coby White should be moved, if Jerami Grant solves the Bulls' Nets problem, if the Bulls should pursue PJ Washington, and much.

The emergence of Coby White

The emergence of Coby White

January 8, 2022

With Fred and Mark out for the week, I discuss Coby White's outstanding play and the impact this has on the trade deadline and Bulls long term decision making as well as throw a bunch of flowers at the Front Office for their brilliance this off-season.

Chicago > Atlanta

Chicago > Atlanta

December 30, 2021

The Bulls play the Hawks twice in one week, and on both occasions, it was Chicago that proved too good for Atlanta.

Sure, the Hawks had most of their players in health and safety protocols, but Nikola Vucevic has looked awesome the past five games, which begs the question: Is Vooch all the way back from his season-long slump?

The lads discuss if this is the case, as well as pondering where the Bulls' big 4 of Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Vucevic, and Lonzo Ball compare to other foursomes around the league.

Finally, the show closes with some well-earned love for Ayo Dosunmu, who continues to be a rookie revelation. 

Bulls Beat - Solo Addition

Bulls Beat - Solo Addition

December 23, 2021

Mark and Fred are on holiday, so you are left with a classic, Doug Thonus solo Bulls Beat today.  I discuss coming to terms with the Vucevic trade, how AKME may deal with mistakes in the future, and the league's shifting stance on COVID testing, and no Bulls Beat would be complete without a special story time.

Was the Vucevic Trade a Mistake?

Was the Vucevic Trade a Mistake?

December 16, 2021

With two games postponed and most of the roster remaining in health and safety protocols, there hasn't been development for our Chicago Bulls this week. 

So, with little news to discuss, naturally, Doug, Mark and Fred get into the most pressing topic: arguing about the Nikola Vucevic trade for the millionth time.

Doug wasn't a fan of the trade at the time it occurred, and continues to voice his concern with the trade, whilst Mark tries to fly the flag for Karnisovas, suggesting the trade remains a win for the Bulls.

Later in the show, the lads dive into several trade suggestion offered up by the listeners, as well as Fred offering up a Coby White for Derrick Rose trade.

Should the Bulls Trade their Young Guys?

Should the Bulls Trade their Young Guys?

December 9, 2021

Doug, Mark and Fred are back with a new episode of the Bulls Beat, and given the number of Bulls players entering the NBA's health and safety protocols, naturally, the podcast begins with this pressing topic.

Can the Bulls navigate through this period without five rotation players? Should the league even be letting the Bulls play games when half their rotation is out? Worse still, why are they playing if they could be passing on the virus to other teams?

From there, the lads get into the Ayo hype, specifically wondering the city of Chicago has overrated and fallen too quickly for the hometown kid.  A sacrilegious question or is there some merit to this idea?

The Ayo talk leads nicely into an open debate about the Bulls trading their young players for ready-made, win-now veterans such as Harrison Barnes, Domantas Sabonis, or Myles Turner.

Finally, the show closes with a story, this time from Doug. Make sure you're not eating when listening to that part...

 

Vooch is Back!

Vooch is Back!

November 30, 2021

The Bulls score an impressive win against the Charlotte Hornets, and did so on the back of Nikola Vucevic having his best game of the season.

On the Bulls Beat, the fellas get into Vooch's return to form, how the Bulls should use him going forward to ensure he continues to play like this, debating the merit of posting the center up more for touches.

Also on the show, a discussion on how long the Bulls should persist with an inconsistent Coby White; ways the Bulls can improve their output against zone defenses; whether to move Derrick Jones Jr. into the starting lineup; and as usual, a completely random story from See Red Fred, which he somehow tries to use as an analogy to this Bulls season.

Is DeMar DeRozan the Most Important Player on the Roster?

Is DeMar DeRozan the Most Important Player on the Roster?

November 23, 2021

The Bulls loss to the Pacers had See Red Fred enraged, so much so he couldn't bear to join Doug and Mark on the Bulls Beat.

Instead, Doug and Mark play a two-man game, covering the following topics:

  • The loss to the Pacers and why this loss an outlier performance that should cause no concern
  • Why DeMar DeRozan has a real case for being the most important player on the team
  • Comparing the Bulls of this season to last year's Phoenix Suns
  • Why we should consider the Bulls a defense-first team
  • When Fred realised he was prophet
  • How effective DJJ has been playing in the Daniel Gafford role
  • And finally, the show closes with Silvy trashing Fred
California Dubs

California Dubs

November 16, 2021

Two games in Los Angeles, two fantastic win for the Chicago Bulls.

On a new episode of the Bulls Beat, the lads discuss the Bulls’ impressive wins against the Clippers and Lakers, including the work Billy Donovan has done to make key adjustments without Nikola Vucevic.

The guys also discuss whether Alex Caruso should continue to start, the embarrassing roster the Lakers have surrounded LeBron James and Anthony Davis with, and how the Lakers passing on Caruso and DeMar DeRozan has been to the betterment of the Bulls.

From there, a discussion breaks out on the Vucevic trade and, knowing what we know now, if the deal stills makes sense.

Finally, the show closes with Fred offering some advice in the form of seduction techniques, including the importance of acoustic renditions of Air Supply and REO Speedwagon classics.

 

If you want to join Doug and a bunch of other Bulls fans at an upcoming game, email Doug for free tickets: dougthonus@gmail.com

The Kings of the East

The Kings of the East

November 9, 2021

The Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets, which begs the obvious question: Are the Bulls the new Kings of the East?

On a new Bulls Beat, Doug, Mark and Fred discuss the way the current landscape is shaping up, which, at present, has no dominant team, thus leaving the door ajar for a team like the Bulls to sneak in an unlikely title run.

After his fantastic performance against the Nets, Fred waxes poetic about Ayo Dosunmu, as well as slandering those people who hated the Ayo draft pick. 

In other news, Coby White getting closer to a return, conversation turns to how White will garner minutes, especially with Ayo emerging as a real rotational player.

Later in the show, some fake trades! This time, grand plans are hatched to steal Harrison Barnes from the Kings.

Finally, the show closes with a deep dive into Nikola Vucevic’s severe slump to start the season, and an argument develops about Scottie Pippen and his constant shots at the Bulls and Michael Jordan.

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