CHGO Chicago Bulls Podcast

40 Episodes


The biggest and best Chicago Bulls podcast in the world. Hosted by Matt Peck, Big Dave, and Will Gottlieb with special appearances from Mark K, the man who started it all.

CHGO Bulls Podcast: What does Arturas Karnisovas need to do this offseason to regain trust of Bulls fans?
Today at 5:01 AM

The CHGO Bulls crew answer questions from their viewers and listeners, including a BIG one about expectations for Bulls VP Arturas Karnisovas this offseason. Matt, Dave and Will talk about the fact that most of the fanbase has seemingly lost faith in the Bulls front office, just three years into their tenure. Other questions and answers include: can the Bulls reshape the roster around Zach LaVine without DeMar DeRozan? Who are our favorite “obscure” Bulls players from the past 10 years? Plus, the guys have a very serious discussion about what kinds of food you should spend big money on when...

CHGO Bulls Podcast: How can the Chicago Bulls justify keeping Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan together?
Last Friday at 4:00 PM

On today’s episode of the CHGO Bulls podcast, HQ edition, Mark and Will look into the Chicago Bulls future through the lens of the rest of the league. If Eastern Conference teams like the Celtics, Knicks, Bucks, 76ers are aggressively looking for upgrades in spite of their relative success, how can the Bulls justify standing pat? Can they even make the Play-In Tournament next year if they don’t make moves?

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CHGO Bulls Podcast: Knicks Reporter drops hint that Derrick Rose could come back to the Bulls
Last Thursday at 10:49 PM

The CHGO Bulls crew discuss a potential homecoming for Bulls legend Derrick Rose this offseason. On the newest episode of the HoopsHype podcast, Michael Scotto talks about the Knicks offseason plans with Knicks reporters Ian Begley and Stefan Bondy. In their conversation, they all agree that the Knicks are likely to decline the team option on Rose’s contract. If Derrick hits the free agent market this summer, is his long-awaited return to the Bulls a real possibility? Scotto and Bondy seem to think so. Matt and Big Dave weigh the pros and cons of the Bulls signing Rose th...

CHGO Bulls Podcast: What if the Bulls HAD signed Carmelo Anthony in 2014?
Last Wednesday at 11:04 PM

The CHGO Bulls crew discuss the hypothetical world in which the Bulls successfully landed Carmelo Anthony in 2014. Melo announced his retirement from the NBA this week after 19 years and a surefire Hall of Fame career. Though he never played a single game in a Bulls jersey, Anthony had many ties to Chicago throughout his playing days. Trade rumors, a trade-and-waive move with Houston, and the big free agent courtship of 2014. Matt, Big Dave and Will reflect on Melo’s impressive career and wonder what the 2014-and beyond Bulls would’ve looked like had he come on board. Plus, the guys...

CHGO Bulls Podcast: Joakim Noah & Kevin Garnett finally bury their beef, and it’s beautiful
Last Tuesday at 10:21 PM

The CHGO Bulls crew discuss Joakim Noah and Kevin Garnett finally burying their beef during Joakim’s appearance on the latest episode of KG’s show. Bulls fans always loved Joakim for holding it down for Chicago, so it was definitely weird to see him and Garnett acting all buddy-buddy. But the two legends used the time to show respect to one another, and talk about things bigger than the game. Matt, Big Dave and Will dissect all the different elements of their conversation. Plus, they react to the Nuggets sweeping the Lakers to clinch their first ever appearance in t...

CHGO Bulls Podcast: Rumors from NBA Combine - are Bulls done with their Big Three?

The CHGO Bulls crew discuss the rumors coming out of the NBA Combine that the Bulls front office is looking to move on from the current Big 3. There was reportedly a lot of talk about the Bulls at the NBA Combine, which took place in Chicago last week. Media and league executives alike were speculating as to what the Bulls front office’s plan is for the upcoming offseason. Sam Smith heard at least one league source say he thinks the Bulls are ready to split up the core of Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic. Matt, Big Da...

CHGO Bulls Podcast: Revisiting the Nikola Vucevic Trade (Again)

Is the trade for Nikola Vucevic the worst in Chicago Bulls history? On today’s episode of CHGO Bulls, now that the Vucevic trade is official complete, Mark and Will relitigate the deal and review its outcome post the draft lottery, one which the Bulls surrendered the No. 11 pick to the Orlando Magic.

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THE Chicago Sports Podcast: What does Billy Donovan's job security look like?

No Chicago leader is tearing things up right now, but our managers and coaches are all enjoying varying levels of confidence from their fanbases. From David Ross of the Chicago Cubs to Matt Eberflus of the Chicago Bears, we look at how each man ranks in the eyes of both their fanbases and their bosses. Also on the show, Kevin Kaduk, Matt Peck, Big Dave and Lawrence Benedetto take a look at the 2023 summer movie schedule and talk about what’s worth going to see.

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CHGO Bulls Podcast: Jimmy Butler does it AGAIN with historic statline in Game 1 win

The CHGO Bulls crew discuss the Game 1s from the Eastern and Western Conference Finals. The Nuggets held off a furious Lakers comeback to take a 1-0 series lead. Nikola Jokic had another triple-double masterpiece, but did the Lakers find something in the 4th quarter when they switched Rui Hachimura onto the big man? Jimmy Butler, meanwhile, keeps leading the Heat to unexpected wins. But will his supporting cast give him enough through a whole series to upset the Celtics? Matt and Big Dave make their picks for who advances to the Finals.

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CHGO Bulls Podcast: Can Bulls swing DeMar DeRozan trade to Blazers for #3 pick in 2023 NBA Draft?

The CHGO Bulls crew discuss trade possibilities after the Bulls failed to jump in the NBA Draft Lottery. Their 2023 first round pick officially conveyed to Orlando, completing the Nikola Vucevic trade. So what can the Bulls do now to improve their roster this offseason? Matt and Will are joined by Sean Highkin - formerly of The Athletic Chicago and Locked On Bulls - who currently covers the Portland Trail Blazers with the Rose Garden Report. Sean offers his insights into the Blazers offseason map.

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CHGO Bulls Podcast: LIVE NBA Draft Lottery reaction - Bulls don't jump, give pick to Orlando

The CHGO Bulls crew are live for the NBA Draft Lottery! The Chicago Bulls have a 1.8% chance at landing the #1 overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. They have an 8.5% chance for their pick to land in the top 4, which would allow them to keep their pick. If it doesn’t land inside the top 4, the pick will be transferred to the Orlando Magic, thus completing the trade for Nikola Vucevic. Will Gottlieb will be sequestered in the drawing room, while Matt and Big Dave watch the results unfold from our CHGO studios! 

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CHGO Bulls Podcast: Disagreement in Bulls front office on best path forward?

The CHGO Bulls crew discuss reports from over the weekend that the Bulls may get involved if the Phoenix Suns decide to trade Deandre Ayton. With their elimination in the second round, and the quick firing of head coach Monty Williams, many NBA experts are predicting big changes coming in Phoenix. Sean Deveney of has one anonymous NBA GM saying the Bulls are a likely suitor for Ayton. Matt, Big Dave and Will react to this rumor, as well as Deveney’s hypothesis on Monday morning’s Mully & Haugh show that there could be some internal disagreement with...

CHGO Bulls Podcast: Can Zach LaVine Elevate Himself to All-NBA Status Next Season?

Can Zach LaVine take the leap into All-NBA status next season? On today’s episode of CHGO Bulls, Mark and Will discuss the internal improvement required in order for the Bulls to progress, and if players such as Coby White, Patrick Williams, along with LaVine, have what it takes to push develop and push the Bulls up the Eastern Conference standings.

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CHGO Bulls Podcast: Derrick Rose talks Bulls retiring his jersey & his old teammate Jimmy Butler

The CHGO Bulls crew discuss the recent interview former Bulls MVP Derrick Rose gave to Shams Charania. In the interview, Derrick answers questions ranging from a potential jersey retirement in Chicago, to the same belief that drove his and Jimmy Butler’s success, to why he felt motivated to start a charitable chess organization. Matt and Big Dave also react to the All NBA teams announced on Wednesday night, and the Knicks and Warriors winning to keep their seasons alive.

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CHGO Bulls Podcast: Grading Coby White’s season & looking at his future with the Bulls

The CHGO Bulls crew continue their Player Evaluations for the 2022-23 season with guard Coby White. The former #7 pick had a strong season for the Bulls, and will enter restricted free agency this summer. Should the Bulls do everything possible to retain him, and what could the market for Coby look like once free agency opens? Matt, Big Dave and Will talk about those possibilities, and give Coby his grades for the season. Plus, the guys react to the two Game 5s of the NBA Playoffs on Tuesday night.

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CHGO Bulls Podcast: Grading Patrick Williams’ season & looking at his future with the Bulls

The CHGO Bulls crew continue their 2022-23 Player Evaluations with forward Patrick Williams. Williams played all 82 games this season, starting 65. But he still didn’t take that big leap Bulls fans were hoping for in his third year. How much of that is on him, and how much of it is the current Bulls system keeping a lid on his potential development? Matt, Big Dave and Will grade Pat’s season, looking at some of his offensive and defensive stats. Plus, of course, the Meathead grades! The guys also react to Alex Caruso being selected for the NBA’s All De...

CHGO Bulls Podcast: Bulls shut out of NBA All Rookie teams for first time in 4 years

The CHGO Bulls crew react to the All Rookie team selections for the 2022-23 NBA season. With Dalen Terry playing very limited minutes in his first season, this marked the first time in four years that a Bulls rookie was not named to either All Rookie team. Matt, Big Dave and Will talk about Dalen’s potential compared to some of the players who did earn the All Rookie honor. Plus, the guys discuss the NBA Playoffs action from the weekend, and which teams have the upper hand halfway through the conference semifinals. 

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CHGO Bulls Podcast: Another Secret Contract Extension for a Bulls figurehead?

The Bulls and lead executive Arturas Karnisovas agreed to a contract extension, one they kept a secret from fans. On today's episode of CHGO Bulls, Mark and Will discuss AK's extension, if it was the right decision to do this now, and why the Bulls continue to keep these important decisions hidden from the fan base. Also on the show, a conversation on whether former Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillion Brooks should be someone the Bulls target in free agency.

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CHGO Bulls Podcast: Which active former Bulls do you most want back in a Bulls jersey?

The CHGO Bulls crew do a live draft of currently active NBA players who used to play for the Bulls. Here are the rules: 1) Draft order randomly chosen, classic snake draft. 2) Players drafted must have played at least 1 game in the 2022-23 NBA season. 3) Players drafted must have been with the Bulls organization at some point in the past. 4) Each GM drafts 5 starters and a 6th man. 5) Players are being drafted at their current age and skill level, not the age and skill level when they played with the Bulls. Matt, Big Dave and Will pick their squads. Let...

CHGO Bulls Podcast: Grading DeMar DeRozan’s season & looking at his future with the Bulls

The CHGO Bulls crew continue their Player Evaluations for the 2022-23 season with All Star DeMar DeRozan. The veteran midrange master put together another strong season offensively, and even made a few modest improvements on defense. Matt, Big Dave and Will give their grades for DeMar’s season, and contemplate his potential future with the team. What could the Bulls get for DeMar on the trade market if they decided to shop him this summer? Plus, the guys react to wins by the Knicks and Lakers in NBA Playoffs action on Tuesday night.

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CHGO Bulls Podcast: Grading Nikola Vucevic’s season and looking at his future with the Chicago Bulls

The CHGO Bulls crew continue their 2022-23 Player Evaluations with starting center Nikola Vucevic. Vooch played all 82 games for the Bulls this season, and improved his efficiency from last season on the offensive end. Entering unrestricted free agency, is it in the Bulls’ best interest to retain him on a slightly lower contract than the one he just finished? Matt, Big Dave and Will look at the likely market for veteran centers this offseason. Plus, the guys revisit their predictions for the first round of the NBA Playoffs and make their predictions for the conference semifinals.

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CHGO Bulls Podcast: Joakim Noah launching One City Basketball League in Chicago

The CHGO Bulls crew discuss the news that Bulls legend Joakim Noah is launching a basketball league in Chicago. Through his Noah’s Arc Foundation, and in collaboration with 28 violence prevention groups, Joakim will continue his efforts to unite the city of Chicago through basketball. Matt and Big Dave talk about the different benefits this league will offer to the youth of Chicago, and Noah’s long-lasting impact on Bulls fans well beyond his playing years. The guys also react to Steph Curry’s epic Game 7 performance and look at some of the second round matchups in the NBA Playof...

CHGO Bulls Podcast: Jimmy Butler strikes again, Grayson Allen chokes Bucks out of playoffs

It's a Fun Friday! Grayson Allen gets the Bucks eliminated in the first round of the playoffs! Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer certainly didn't help, and might soon be fired for his many mistakes. Hear what Giannis Antetokounmpo has to say about failure. Jimmy Butler just had one of the greatest playoff series in NBA history. Two huge Game 6s are on deck to determine who advances out West. Can the Kings and Grizzlies force Game 7s? Matt and Big Dave break it all down. Plus, the guys bust out the Random Bulls Generator!

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CHGO Bulls Podcast: Chicago Bulls legends Jimmy Butler, Tom Thibodeau to face off in the Playoffs

On today’s episode of CHGO Bulls, Mark and Will and joined by Chicago Sun-Times reporter Joe Cowley to celebrate the historic performance of former Bulls legend Jimmy Butler against the Milwaukee Bucks. On the show, the guys discuss where this Butler performances ranks all time, if he can continue to maintain this level of dominance against Tom Thibodeau and the New York Knicks, and if the success of the Heat has emboldened the Bulls further to chase ‘continuity’.

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CHGO Bulls Podcast: Grading Zach Lavine's season and looking at his future with the Bulls

The CHGO Bulls crew kick off their Player Evaluations for the 2022-23 Bulls season with two-time All Star and face of the franchise Zach LaVine. Was this the best season of Zach's career? What will the Bulls do with their star guard this offseason? Matt, Big Dave and Will give their grades for Zach’s season - including "Meathead" grades - and discuss a few areas of his game that he can still improve. Plus, the guys talk about the NBA playoff action from Tuesday night.

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CHGO Bulls Podcast: Jimmy Butler & Lauri Markkanen thriving as current Bulls look stuck

The CHGO Bulls crew discuss former Bulls Jimmy Butler and Lauri Markkanen owning the NBA headlines on Monday night. First, Markkanen was announced as the convincing winner of the 2022-23 NBA Most Improved Player award. Then, the NBA world watched a legendary performance from Butler, whose 56-point performance led the Heat to victory and a 3-1 series lead over the Bucks. Meanwhile, the current Bulls are watching the playoffs from home as the front office faces a difficult road to improvement this offseason. How should Bulls fans feel about these former Bulls shining for other teams? Is this a...

CHGO Bulls Podcast: Do the Bulls need another full-scale rebuild?

The CHGO Bulls crew discuss whether the Bulls need to tear it all down this offseason or simply retool the roster while keeping at least one of their core players. With their limited draft capital and a razor thin margin to the luxury tax, what changes could the front office make to significantly improve this roster while keeping the core of it together? Is a full-scale rebuild actually the best path forward? And if it is, will management and ownership actually face that harsh reality and act upon it accordingly? Matt, Big Dave and Will talk about the possibilities...

CHGO Bulls Podcast: Are Bulls “stuck” with Billy Donovan as other NBA coaches switch teams?

The CHGO Bulls crew discuss the recent movement among prominent NBA coaches. With Nick Nurse likely heading to the Rockets, and Ime Udoka expected to take Nurse’s place in Toronto, are the Bulls essentially “stuck” with Billy Donovan? The Bulls quietly signed their head coach to an extension last offseason after leading the organization to the playoffs for the first time in 5 years. And while the roster certainly needs improving, should the Bulls also be considering an upgrade in the head coach’s chair? Matt, Big Dave and Mark also bring back the Random Bulls Generator and talk about th...

CHGO Bulls Podcast: Is Nikola Vucevic in Bulls future plans, and was trading for him a mistake?

The CHGO Bulls crew review the end of season comments from Nikola Vucevic, and wonder if he’s still in the team’s future plans. Vooch said in his exit interview that he’d like to stay in Chicago, but that he’ll also listen to all options on the free agent market. Matt, Big Dave and Will evaluate the pros and cons of bringing Vucevic back. Plus, should Bulls fans let the Orlando trade affect how they view Vooch’s present and future value? The guys also review the recent comments from backup forward Derrick Jones Jr, who said he pl...

CHGO Bulls Podcast: Should the Bulls try to bring back Patrick Beverley next season?

The CHGO Bulls crew discuss whether the Bulls should try to bring back Chicago’s own Patrick Beverley next season. The veteran guard, who joined the Bulls for the final push of the 2022-23 season on the buyout market, stated on his latest podcast episode that he’s looking for $13-15 million on his next contract. Should the Bulls bother trying to negotiate a hometown discount with PatBev, or focus their offseason roster moves elsewhere? Matt, Big Dave and Will offer their takes. Plus, The Athletic recently released their NBA players poll, which yielded some interesting results. Including: who do c...

CHGO Bulls Podcast: Is Coby White the Bulls’ answer at starting point guard?

The CHGO Bulls crew discuss Coby White’s season-ending press conference, and wonder if he can be the Bulls’ answer at the starting point guard position next year. For what it’s worth, Billy Donovan expressed his great faith in Coby during his end-of-season remarks. And Coby said his confidence in his game has never been higher. But will the Bulls prioritize bringing him back, or look elsewhere to fill that role? Matt, Big Dave and Will also talk about the most interesting first round series across the NBA playoffs so far, and make their picks for who will move o...

CHGO Bulls Podcast: Does Bulls VP Artūras Karnišovas have a plan for next season?

The CHGO Bulls crew dissect the season-ending press conference from Bulls VP of Basketball Operations Artūras Karnišovas. What were some of the most interesting - and alarming - comments from AK as he explained what he liked about this season compared to what went wrong. And what, exactly, will be his approach to improve this team’s chances to be more competitive next season? Matt, Big Dave and Will discuss several of AK’s answers. Plus, what should we make of the exit interview comments from the Bulls Big 3 of Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic?


CHGO Bulls Podcast: Breaking down Arturas Karnisovas' season-ending press conference

In today’s episode of CHGO Bulls HQ edition, Mark and Will go over the details of Arturas Karnisovas’ end of season press conference. They react to his thoughts about the season, how the group improved after the All-Star Break and the additions and changes that need to take place this upcoming summer in the draft, free agency and via trades.

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CHGO Bulls Podcast: Max Strus & Jimmy Butler end Bulls season in intense Play-In finish

The CHGO Bulls crew break down the Bulls 102-91 loss to the Miami Heat in their Play-In game on Friday night. It looked like the Bulls were going to pull out a slugfest of a game, but their offensive wheels fell off in the final 3 minutes of a tight game. Matt, Big Dave and Will discuss Zach LaVine's rough game coming on the heels of his 39-point explosion in their win over the Raptors. Plus, should Billy Donovan have had the hot-shooting Coby White on the floor to finish the game? What about Andre Drummond? The guys take questions...

CHGO Bulls Podcast: Can the Bulls takedown the Heat, make the Playoffs?

The Chicago Bulls ended the Toronto Raptors season. Can they do the same to the Miami Heat on Friday night? On today’s show, Mark and Will detail all the ways the Bulls can take advantage against a stumbling Heat team, and by doing so, advance to the playoffs. Later in the show, the guys share their thoughts on winning play-in games and if this is the best long-term strategy for the Bulls.

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CHGO Bulls Podcast: Zach LaVine leads huge comeback, Bulls advance past Raptors in Play-In

The CHGO Bulls crew break down the Bulls 109-105 win over the Toronto Raptors in their Play-In game on Wednesday night. The Bulls looked dead in the water early in the third quarter. But Zach LaVine went absolutely bonkers, and a pitiful free throw performance by the Raptors kept the door open as the Bulls completed a huge comeback. Matt, Big Dave and Will discuss how massive of a game this was for Zach, his reputation, and his future with the Bulls. Plus, Patrick Williams showed great toughness on the defensive end while also shooting at will. And who...

CHGO Bulls Podcast: What’s the Bulls’ path to victory vs Raptors in must-win Play In Tournament?

The CHGO Bulls crew preview the Bulls win or go home Play-In game vs the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. What’s the best strategy for Billy Donovan and the Bulls to keep their season alive? How can they beat the traps and doubles they’re likely to see from Nick Nurse? If the Raptors defense focuses on DeMar DeRozan, can Zach LaVine step up and lead the Bulls to victory? Matt, Big Dave, Will and Mark break it all down. Plus, the guys look at the biggest factors and storylines from the other Play-In games happening on Tuesday and Wedn...

CHGO Bulls Podcast: Zach LaVine leads Bulls to win in finale, will face Raptors in Play-In

The CHGO Bulls crew break down the Bulls 103-81 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday afternoon. Billy Donovan and the Bulls medical staff decided to play their starters in this meaningless game, in order to keep them in shape and ready for their Play-In game. Matt and Big Dave discuss which of the young guys playing more minutes made an impression. Plus, the guys talk about the latest media tirades from former Bad Boy Pistons leader Isiah Thomas, who still can't seem to let go of his feud with Michael Jordan. Or...Charles Oakley? Will checks in from...

CHGO Bulls Podcast: Coby White puts up 24 and 11, Bulls beat Mavericks

The CHGO Bulls crew break down the Bulls 115-112 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. The Bulls and Mavs each sat most of their key players, with draft lottery positioning on the line. Coby White and Patrick Williams played well, and the Mavs tanked better. Is Coby White a startable high-ceiling guard, though? Matt, Big Dave and Will are joined by former Bulls Outsiders co-star John Sabine. John, who's a lifelong Mavericks fan, offers his take on what happened with the Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving experiment in Dallas, and what the future holds for them after...

The Chicago Sports Podcast: Is the Play-In Tournament a Good Thing? + CHGO Leadership AMA!

The NFL Draft is just three weeks away and the excitement is building. But could GM Ryan Poles make Bears fans wait even longer on draft night by turning the No. 9 pick into even more? Kevin Kaduk, Kacy Standohar and Lawrence Benedetto are joined by CHGO GM Jake Flannigan to discuss the possibilities. Also on the show: The assembled CHGO leadership group do an AMA, we talk about the beer bats at Wrigley Field, whether or not we like the NBA play-in tournament and more!