This week on Dennis Podman hosts Mark and Morten had the pleasure of being joined by K.C. Johnson, Chicago Bulls Beat Reporter for the Chicago Tribune.
Discussing the 2016 NBA Draft and free agency period, K.C. offers his insight on arguably the most important offseason the Bulls have faced in quite some time.
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Batten down the hatches people…
Are you ready for Australia?
In a whirlwind tour presented by Slater and Swann Productions, NBA Hall-of-Famer Dennis Rodman, renowned as one of the sports’ most colorful and controversial athletes of all-time, is heading down under for a rare insight into his highly publicized life on and off the hardwood. From his five NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons playing alongside Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas to his celebrity relationships with Madonna, his brief marriage to Carmen Electra, and everything Hollywood in-between, Dennis has never had a problem drawing a headline.
If you’re a fan of one of the most enigmatic figures in sporting history and his on and off court exploits, this is your chance to hear it straight from the Worm’s mouth and surely an opportunity too good to pass up.
Tickets to the Melbourne and Sydney shows are already on sale and you can purchase them here or at your nearest Ticketek outlet.
Last time friend of the site Nick Metallinos (of Starting5online.com fame) checked in with Bulls rookie Cameron Bairstow, the Brisbane born big man spoke on rookie life in the NBA among other topics.
Nick caught up with him again, this time in Brooklyn, where the Bulls handed the Nets their butts in a runaway victory (102-84) earlier today. Bairstow didn’t see any minutes, but he was happy to chew the fat once again about life during his rookie campaign, adjusting to the change of the NBA style of play and the goals of the team moving forward.
Not many people are fortunate enough to have their dream come true in their lifetime. Well, mine did, and I don’t want to wake up. The cloud I’m on is gently descending back down to earth, while I cling to every little detail in my beautifully cluttered mind. After having waited all day for the clock to strike game time, as any self-respecting Chicago Bulls fan would, I wore my pride, dressed in my vintage Jordan animation chalk line jacket and headed down to the Promised Land, in this case, the Verizon Center in downtown DC for the long-awaited Bulls vs Wizards matchup.
Stepping on the bleachers, making my way down to my seats, mixed feelings started rushing inside me. A combination of bewilderment and serenity, a blend between the novelty of something undiscovered and the familiarity of a place that made me feel like I always belonged. It felt like home. I was both amazed and instantly accustomed to this wonderland. The newly found rivalry between these two teams only promised a better matchup, a fierce battle; thrilling!
And then, in the midst of a cheering crowd, the whistle blows, tip-off! The ball starts moving, the players start running, points are adding up, shots are falling, and I find myself in the heart of the action. Being bundled up on my couch back in Lebanon where my dream of one day actually watching a game at a decent hour in an NBA arena seemed far far away is now nothing but a distant memory of a time when a dream was still just a dream. But my reverie was now my reality, playing out before my eyes and not on my TV screen.
As the game went on, the Bulls started losing their magic to the Wizards, they had no tricks up their sleeve to stop Nene, who was the crucial role player in last year’s Wizards’ playoff series win over Chicago. But the spell was cast and nothing could put me off. I was soaking it all in, the good, the bad and the worse. And worse it became as the Bulls were outplayed in every aspect of the game, falling to fourth in the Eastern Conference standings, toppled by Washington in a back to back the loss.
They had found the right ingredients to their magic potion, and as the crowd was roaring with excitement at every dunk, every possession, every circus shot, I felt more and more isolated, holding out hope that a Bulls’ run was around the corner and that we would get out of this fight on top. The run never came, but I was still enchanted by my experience.
It was a failed game for the Bulls but a successful show for me. All I can hope is to see you soon in the Windy City!
– Joy Azzi
Away from the court, Bulls center Pau Gasol is known to be quite the renaissance man. The devoted philanthropist appreciates art, is passionate about the field of medicine and has a penchant for the opera. The Spanish born star is also multilingual (he taught himself to speak Italian and French), is an avid reader and has a keen interest in music (whether it be Pop Rock ballads or Sing Star Karaoke he’s got it covered).
When he’s on the court all that goes out the window, the mild-mannered Pau disappears and the double-double corralling (he just collected his twelfth straight dub-dub and league-leading 33rd of the season) beast emerges. Activity such as that isn’t done quietly and this minute long video you’ll soon watch hammers that point home.
Compiled over an eight-game span by the Twitter user and die-hard Bulls fan Dylan Connolly, his video below shows just how frequently Pau let’s loose a guttural sound, loud grunt or primal scream. You may not have noticed it much, but whether he’s going for a putback, sweeping hook and even lay up (yes, even on layups), the 7 foot Spaniard’s vocal efforts would put most tennis players to shame.
When you watch this it really sticks out like a sore thumb, but if it helps the Bulls to string more wins together I’m all for it.
Scream to your heart’s content big guy!