Bulls HQ

Hosted ByMark Karantzoulis

A combination of game and player analysis, as well as all the news items concerning the Chicago Bulls, BullsHQ is your weekly Bulls podcast that covers it all.


All Episodes

Ep. 41: The Butler Did It

BullsHQ is back for another season and we’re talking…Wolves? As news breaks of former Bull Jimmy Butler requesting a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, host Mark Karantzoulis (@mkhoops) is joined by Morten Jensen (@msjnba) to discuss the downfall of the TimberBulls.  On the show, the pair cover this news from all angles, wondering which team makes the most sense for Butler to be traded to (8:30), and if Butler is an ideal leader for any NBA franchise (26:25). Later, the Bulls trade of Butler 15 months is re-evaluated once more, and if the recent developments have changed the perception of the trade (32:25). Finally, playing ‘what if’, Mark and Morten wonder what could’ve been had the Bulls kept Butler with open max space to sign a free agent like Kyrie Irving instead of opting for a rebuild (44:58).

Ep. 40: See Red Mailbag

It’s the offseason but that doesn’t mean we have to stop talking Bulls.  On this episode of BullsHQ, host Mark Karantzoulis (@mkhoops) is joined by Fred Pfeiffer, host of the Chicago Bullseye and Big Red Bus podcasts, to answer all your mailbag questions.  On the show, topics discussed include: What would it take for Jabari Parker not to be retained next season (5:08), Denzel Valentine’s place in the league and on the team (10:01), expectations for rookie center Wendell Carter Jr. (27:14), should Bobby Portis be traded (33:06), Fred Hoiberg’s long-term status as coach (41:10), if we can expect a full-time podcast between Mark and Fred (1.02:16), and much more.

Ep. 39: Who Is Jabari Parker?

Back again for another week of Bulls talk, host Mark Karantzoulis (@mkhoops) is joined by ESPN Milwaukee reporter and Locked On Bucks podcast host Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm).   As Bulls fans welcome Jabari Parker to the team, to fully understand who Parker the player is, there’s no better person to speak to than Eric, who has covered Parker for the last four years in Milwaukee.  On the show, topics discussed include: The reaction from Milwaukee in losing Parker (3:15), will the Bucks be better or worse without Parker? (14:24), what aspects of Parker’s game should excite Bulls fans (17:01), is Parker a small or power forward? (21:43), can Parker play in a switch-based defensive scheme (44:42), and much more. Be sure to subscribe to BullsHQ via iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, PodBean or PlayerFM, and follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

Ep. 38: Jabari Parker?

BullsHQ is back again this week, and on the latest episode of show, host Mark Karantzoulis (@mkhoops) is joined by Jason Patt (@Bulls_Jay) of BlogABull and Bet Chicago to discuss the news of the Bulls being on the verge of signing free agent forward Jabari Parker.  On the show, topics discussed include: How a deal for Parker became a possibility (5:11), how Parker will fit alongside Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine (9:48), the concerns with Parker’s contract (25:47), the potential positives his signing does bring (33:56), and much more.

Ep. 37: Wendell Carter Jr. Is For Real

On the latest episode of BullsHQ, host Mark Karantzoulis (@mkhoops) is joined by Morten Jensen (@msjnba), host of The NBA Podcast, to review the Bulls’ play at Summer League. On the show, Mark and Morten discuss Wendell Carter Jr’s dominance (1:53), the pros and cons of Chandler Hutchison’s skillset(22:30), more thoughts on LaVine’s new deal(41:05), the Bulls moving on from Sean Kilpatrick and Jerian Grant (58:20), and much more.

Ep. 36: LaVine is Back

On the latest episode of BullsHQ, host Mark Karantzoulis (@mkhoops) is joined by NBCSports Chicago producer Kevin Anderson (Kevin_NBCS) to take you through the news of Zach LaVine making his return back to Chicago next season. On the show, Mark and Kevin discuss their initial thoughts about LaVine’s new contract (2:03), if LaVine can realistically develop into a second or third option (5:40), what LaVine’s new deal means for the ‘2019 plan’ (14:20), what the realistic alternatives were (22:27), what this means for the offensive hierarchy (27:35), and much more. Be sure to subscribe to BullsHQ via iTunes or Stitcher, and follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

Ep. 35: It’s Free Agency Time

On the latest episode of BullsHQ, host Mark Karantzoulis (@mkhoops) is joined by Locked On NBA and Locked On Fantasy Basketball podcast host Josh Lloyd (@redrock_bball) to preview the upcoming free agency period for the Chicago Bulls fared in the 2018 NBA Draft. On the show, Mark and Josh discuss Zach LaVine’s uncertain future with the Bulls and the key concerns surrounding his next deal (11:47), if David Nwaba should be retained on a new deal (33:13), what Chicago’s strategy should be in consuming their cap space (40:20), and some potential underrated names the Bulls should focus on (52:12).

Ep. 34: Welcome Wendell!

On the latest episode of BullsHQ, host Mark Karantzoulis (@mkhoops) is joined by Jay Patt (@Bulls_Jay) to review how the Chicago Bulls fared in the 2018 NBA Draft.  Topics discussed include: The overall outcome of the Bulls draft (1:00), the Bulls passing on Michael Porter Jr. (5:02), a full breakdown of the No. 7 pick, Wendell Carter Jr., and his fit in Chicago (8:24), rumours of the Bulls looking to trade up in the draft (17:58), the Bulls promising and drafting Chandler Hutchison (23:58), how the new Bulls will fare in the rotation as part of the rebuild (30:25), and plenty more. And later in the show, Bulls podcaster and grand optimist Fred Pheiffer (@CBEFred) stops by to give his views on the draft, and the progress of the Bulls title contention hopes (46:30).

Ep. 33: The Draft Is Here

On the latest episode of BullsHQ, host Mark Karantzoulis (@mkhoops) is joined by SBNation NBA and College Basketball writer/editor Ricky O’Donnell (@SBN_Ricky) for a one last draft primer ahead of the big night.  Topics discussed include: The mystical Michael Porter Jr (3:15), Mikal Bridges: right player, wrong time (13:25), the underrating of Miles Bridges (18:38), why Wendell Carter Jr should be the pick (23:20), the merits of trading up for Luka Doncic and Jaren Jackson Jr (36:58), the Bulls doubling their chances by trading down for multiple picks (42:52), who the Bulls should target with the No. 22 pick (46:10), and plenty more.

Ep. 32: Draft Mailbag

On the latest episode of BullsHQ, host Mark Karantzoulis (@mkhoops) is joined by Morten Jensen (@msjnba) to answer your mailbag questions ahead of the NBA Draft.  Topics discussed include: The Bulls being the lone team to skip on the NBA Global Camp (1:35), which prospect will provide the most immediate impact and best long-term fit (17:20), the choice between Wendell Carter Junior or Trae Young at pick No. 7 (28:15), the risk of drafting Michael Porter Junior (31:53), the option of trading down in the draft (37:58), potential scenarios in trading up for two top-10 picks in the draft (40:56), Donte DiVincenzo as an option with pick No. 22 (48:50), if buying another first-round pick is possible (51:52), what is a realistic timetable for the Bulls rebuild? (54:30), and if there’s any substance to reports of the Bulls being a “sneaky” factor in free agency (1.02:11).

Ep. 31: Draft Preview, Pick No. 22

On the latest episode of BullsHQ, host Mark Karantzoulis (@mkhoops) is joined by Morten Jensen (@msjnba) to discuss the potential options the Bulls have at pick No. 22. Players discussed include: Zhaire Smith, Jontay Porter, Troy Brown, Kevin Knox, Josh Okogie, Jacob Evans, Shake Milton, De’Anthony Melton, Keita Bates-Diop, and many more.

Ep. 30: Draft Preview, Pick No. 6

In a special crossover edition of BullsHQ, host Mark Karantzoulis (@mkhoops) is joined by Bull Court Press podcast hosts Will Gottlieb (@wontgottlieb) and Stephen Noh (@StephNoh) to preview the potential options at pick No. 6 for the Chicago Bulls in the 2018 NBA Draft. Topics discussed include: The decision to draft best player available or fit, Mikal Bridges vs Michael Porter Jr, Trae Young and his potential, if Chicago should consider drafting a big man, and much more.

Ep. 29: Season In Review

This week on BullsHQ, host Mark Karantzoulis (@mkhoops) is joined by Jason Patt (@Bulls_Jay) to take a look at the Bulls’ 2017-18 season.  Topics discussed include: The development of the players and coaches, the success of the rebuild and if it met expectations, what could’ve been done differently, the question marks surrounding the team ahead of the draft and free agency, and much more.  Be sure to subscribe to BullsHQ via iTunes or Stitcher, and follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.