Ricky&Nillz try to explain why we shouldn't stress over Derrick Rose's struggles with Team USA and then define reasonable expectations for the former MVP. After basically dismissing Rose's sub-par play, we revere (perhaps hypocritically) Pau Gasol's FIBA showing and how it should translate for the Bulls.
After 5 minutes of talking Beyonce&Jackie Robinson West, Nillz&Ricky rein it in to discuss Rose's soreness and performance last week as a member of Team USA. We also discuss the final roster set to compete for the FIBA World Cup in Spain and run a"Bulls vs. Cavs"Fastbreak now that the Kevin Love trade is official.
Ricky O'Donnell is back to share his experiences over the weekend at Team USA training camp, the World Basketball Festival, and the United Center for Derrick Rose's return. Listen to him and Nillz discuss everything from Coach K's apparent beef with the SB Nation writer to a potential friendship with Jahlil Okafor to the stage presence of Doug E. Fresh. We also run a Bulls forecast edition of the"Fast Break."
We celebrate the milestone with a roundtable discussion featuring Doug Thonus of the Bulls Beat and BullsConfidential.com. We react to the reported Cavs trade for Kevin Love and how the Bulls now match-up with the new Eastern Conference favorites. The 2nd part of the show is a retrospective"fast break"talking about our favorite moments in the podcast's 100 episode history.
Fresh from the Vegas black jack table, ESPN's Nick Friedell joins Nillz to discuss the fallout from Paul George's devastating injury and the implications on Derrick Rose. Listen to Nick also talk about Rose's return to playing at an elite level and whether (of course) the offseason acquisitions are enough to put the Bulls'"over the top."
Nillz kicks off the episode with Adam Figman of Slam Magazine to discuss the D. Rose 5 - Derrick's 5th signature shoe from Adidas. Listen to Adam talk about his experience at the unveiling in Vegas this past Sunday and how the shoe's technology helped him beat a few NBA players in a pick-up game, maybe. Mitch joins the show in the 2nd half to set expectations for Team USA and Derrick Rose.
Nillz&Ricky question the validity of last week's Kevin Love rumors and analyze whether the polarizing all-star would be worth transforming the team. We also run the"Fastbreak"- our thoughts on random news¬es from around the league as we hit the eve of Team USA training camp.
With all the recent activity and the roster virtually set, we went long and split the episode into two parts. In part 2, we try to temper our excitement for the Summer League Splash Brothers, break down Derrick Rose's chances to make the Team USA roster, and take a look at random news¬es in"The Fastbreak."
With all the recent activity and the roster virtually set, we went long and split the episode into two parts. In part 1, we discuss what could've been done differently in the Melo pursuit, the good&bad in signing Pau, and where we project the Bulls in the Eastern Conference.