CSN, CSNChicago.com to deliver extended 'BMW Bulls Postgame' coverage following EVERY Bulls-Heat matchup!

CSN, CSNChicago.com to deliver extended 'BMW Bulls Postgame' coverage following EVERY Bulls-Heat matchup!

COMCAST SPORTSNET & CSNCHICAGO.COM TO DELIVER EXTENDED BMW BULLS POST GAME LIVE COVERAGE
FOLLOWING EVERY BULLS-HEAT PLAYOFF MATCH-UP

King, Gill & Schanowski host extended BMW Bulls Post Game Live coverage

following EVERY NBA Eastern Conference match-up on Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com starting Sunday night, May 15

CSNChicago.com to also provide exclusive behind-the-scenes video and post-game reports

from Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam, along with game highlights, blogs, Bulls In Game Live and much more!

Chicago, IL (May 13, 2011) Its the match-up everyone has been waiting for as Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the NBA Eastern Conference champion Chicago Bulls (who finished the 2010-11 regular season with the NBAs best overall record at 62-20, eliminated the Indiana Pacers in Round 1 and eliminated the Atlanta Hawks in Round 2 of the 2011 NBA Playoffs), and CSNChicago.com, the networks 247 online home for even more in-depth Bulls playoffs coverage, are ready to bring fans complete wall-to-wall Bulls coverage throughout the teams entire NBA Eastern Conference Finals battle against the rival Miami Heat with extended editions of BMW Bulls Post Game Live following EVERY GAME.

Stacey King, Comcast SportsNets always-entertaining Bulls game analyst and three-time NBA champion, joins hosts Mark Schanowski and Kendall Gill (with Gail Fischer providing live locker room interviews with players and coaches) for BMW Bulls Post Game Live starting Sunday night, May 15 (approx. 9:45 PM) immediately following Game 1. Plus every on-aironline edition of BMW Bulls Post Game Live will feature live post-game press conferences with Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, along with interviews featuring Bulls and Heat players. Comcast SportsNets complete NBA Eastern Conference Finals BMW Bulls Post Game Live on-aironline schedule is included in this release.

Comcast SportsNets 247 online home, CSNChicago.com, will provide even more exclusive Bulls playoffs content coverage including the following:

Bulls In Game Live: Real-time, live data combined with timely editorial including compelling elements such as detailed play-by-play, in-game scoring, shot charts, situation statistics, Twitter feeds from Stacey King (@Sky21King) and Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam (@CSNBullsInsider NOTE: Sam will be on-site for every homeroad playoff game), LIVE in-game chat sessions, headlines, NBA Playoffs scoreboard, photos and more.
Stacey King Poster Shop: Newly launched area showcases Staceys signature poster videos of slam dunks and must-see plays; also includes @Sky21King Twitter feed and link to the Stacey King Soundboard at Bulls.com.
Game highlights available on CSNChicago.com following every game.
Live, in-game chat sessions featuring King, Schanowski & Gill.
Exclusive, behind-the-scenes video from practice, shoot arounds, postgame, etc.
Beyond the Arc & Running with the Bulls blog updates from Sam and Schanowski, news articles, photo galleries, etc.
SMS alerts available for Bulls breaking news, scores and more.
Additional NBA Playoffs coverage content sharingcross-promotion via ChicagoBulls.com, NBCSports.com & ProBasketballTalk.com.
CSNChicago.coms Bulls coverage is presented by Suzuki

Additional on-air BullsNBA Playoffs coverage highlights on Comcast SportsNet include full-blown weeknight Bulls discussionanalysis on Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan, featuring host David Kaplan. Also, every 6:30PM edition of SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse will provide thorough pre-game coverage featuring a complete preview of each match-up, along with numerous playercoaches interviews, and viewers will get the complete wrap-up featuring game highlights and additional post-game interviews on GMC SportsNet Central at 10:00 PM and 10:30 PM.

Note the following game-by-game breakdown of Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.coms post-game coverage for the Bulls NBA Eastern Conference Finals series vs. Miami:

BULLS vs. MIAMINBA EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS POST-GAME COVERAGE ONCOMCAST SPORTSNET & CSNCHICAGO.COM
Game 1: Sun, May 15 (approx. 9:45 pm) BMW Bulls Post Game Live(NOTE: LIVE on Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com)

Game 2: Wed, May 18 (approx. 10:15 pm) BMW Bulls Post Game Live(NOTE: LIVE on Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com)

Game 3: Sun, May 22 (approx. 10:15 pm) BMW Bulls Post Game Live(NOTE: LIVE on Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com)
Game 4: Tue, May 24 (approx. 10:15 pm) BMW Bulls Post Game Live(NOTE: LIVE on Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com)

Game 5: Thu, May 26 (approx. 10:15 pm) BMW Bulls Post Game Live (NOTE: If necessary; LIVE on Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com)

Game 6: Sat, May 28 (approx. 10:15 pm) BMW Bulls Post Game Live (NOTE: If necessary; LIVE on Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com)

Game 7: Mon, May 30 (approx. 10:15 pm) BMW Bulls Post Game Live (NOTE: If necessary; Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com)

For its five total first round Bulls playoff game telecasts this season vs. Indiana, Comcast SportsNet posted a personal best Bulls playoffs series record of approx. 1.62 MILLION Chicago TV homes viewing these games, which included the highest single game rating for any team in network history (13.69 for Rd. 1, Gm. 3 at Indiana on April 21). Plus, an additional 855,000 households tuned in to Bulls PrePost Game Live for surrounding coverage of the five first round telecasts. Compared to the final first round Bulls playoff average last season (2.97 household avg. vs. Cleveland), Comcast SportsNets first round average this season was a 9.24, an increase of 211 compared to last year (ratings for Adults 25-54 grew 279). Comcast SportsNet also set a new Bulls regular season record with a 4.50 average household rating per game, a 90 increase from last season.

Nikola Mirotic and why the Bulls traded their second-round pick

Nikola Mirotic and why the Bulls traded their second-round pick

The Bulls entered rebuild mode on Thursday night after they dealt Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves. They acquired a pair of guards in Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn, and the No. 7 pick which they used to select Arizona power forward Lauri Markkanen.

But the Bulls opted not to continue adding youth to their roster when they sold their second-round pick, No. 38 overall, to the Golden State Warriors. That pick was Oregon power forward Jordan Bell, who many considered a late first-round prospect.

The move was perplexing for a team that hours earlier had traded away its franchise player to start a youth movement. But VP John Paxson said after the draft that the decision to move the pick was based on team depth, hinting at a significant move the Bulls will make in free agency.

"We had some wings on our board that we had targeted that were the only way we were going to keep that (No. 38) pick, and they went before us. And drafting Lauri (Markkanen), and the fact that we have, Niko’s a restricted free agent we intend to bring back, Bobby Portis, we didn’t want to add another big and that’s really all that was left on our board."

Both Paxson and general manager Gar Forman have said since the season ended that Mirotic, who will become a restricted free agent on July 1, is part of their future plans. The Bulls will be able to match any contract that another team offers Mirotic, and they intend to keep the 26-year-old in Chicago. After Butler's departure, Mirotic is now the longest tenured member of the Bulls. He's been with the team for three seasons.

The wings Paxson may have been referring to include Miami's Devon Reed (32nd overall to Phoenix), Kansas State's Wesley Iwundu (33rd overall to Orlando) or SMU's Semi Ojeleye (Boston, 37th overall). Point guards Juwan Evans (Oklahoma State) and Sterling Brown (SMU) were still on the board and potential options, but the Bulls were set on looking for wing help after receiving point guard Kris Dunn and shooting guard Zach LaVine in the Butler trade.

The Bulls frontcourt depth looks filled, as Cristiano Felicio is expected to return behind Brook Lopez. Mirotic, Portis, Markkanen and Joffrey Lauvergne should make up the power forward depth chart. Opting against using the 38th pick, which Golden State bought for a whopping $3.5 million, also leaves the Bulls with room to add a 13th player in the fall.

"It keeps us at 12 roster spots and gives us real flexibility for our roster," Paxson said. "So we didn’t just want to use up a roster spot on a player that we probably wouldn’t have kept."

How White Sox players managed the 'chaos' of Thursday's record-setting rain delay

How White Sox players managed the 'chaos' of Thursday's record-setting rain delay

MINNEAPOLIS -- Some guys played cards. The soccer ball got kicked around in spite of the close quarters in the visiting clubhouse. There was dancing. A magic trick or two was attempted. A few players even tried to get in a nap.

White Sox players found myriad ways to keep themselves occupied during Thursday’s draining 4-hour, 50-minute rain delay -- the longest in Minnesota Twins history.

Yet despite not knowing what time the game may start, White Sox players found a way to overcome the uncertainty and stay engaged. Similar to May 26 when the first game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers was cancelled, the White Sox figured out how to go from zero to 60 in mere seconds. Though there’s no exact formula for success, the White Sox seem to have figured out a way to endure the elements and get out quickly. On early Thursday evening, the White Sox overcame the rain and misery to jump ahead of the Minnesota Twins en route to a 9-0 victory at Target Field.

“We keep it real loose whether,” veteran third baseman Todd Frazier said. “We have a good time. We enjoy each other’s company. Win lose or draw, tomorrow’s a new day. Today we kept working hard and we knew we had a game to play and eventually we were going to play it. We turned it on at the right moment.”

Jose Quintana saw so much of his iPad that eventually he had to turn it off out of sheer boredom. Thursday’s starting pitcher was almost able to complete two feature-length movies during the rain delay. Quintana, who excelled with nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 scoreless innings, watched ‘Fast and Furious 7’ and ‘Get Out’ on his iPad during the delay.

While he liked the action movie, Quintana wasn’t as fond of the latter, though he admits he’s not a big fan of horror movies.

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“I think it was bad because too much time in front of the iPad,” Quintana said. “It made me bored.

“I just tried to stay relaxed, focused on the game. … Tried to come back and work a little bit. It’s a little hard, but we don’t have control so stay focused on the game.”

Whereas the White Sox determined when they played last month at home -- they cancelled Game 1 of a doubleheader at 1 p.m. and pushed the second game back to 8 p.m. because of rain -- this time was in the Twins’ hands. The forecast called for rain all afternoon before things cleared up around 5 p.m.

While the White Sox were in limbo as to when they would play, they had a pretty good idea that eventually they would.

“It’s miserable,” Frazier said. “You try and find some things to do, play cards, hang out with the guys. If you had a set time it would help. But we came out banging in that first inning. It’s huge.”

White Sox manager Rick Renteria is impressed with how his team has handled both long days. The White Sox also defeated the Tigers 8-2 on May 26th. While Renteria and his coaching staff spent a lot of his time preparing for their upcoming home series against the Oakland A’s, he’s pleased with how his players managed themselves through the uncertainty.  

“They’re the ones who are dealing with the chaos,” Renteria said. “They’re the ones who play the game and who have to have their minds to be ready to go out and perform. They’ve been able to respond well. It’s part of who they are, their character, and hopefully it’s something they continue to be able to do and build on.”