LOCKED ON BULLS, 1/25/2019 - Guest, Chicago Bulls Senior Writer Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic


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Locked On Bulls is back with a fresh episode, the guys are joined by recurring guest of the show Darnell Mayberry who is a Senior Writer covering the Chicago Bulls for The Athletic.
The guys start with his most recent article about the rapidly approaching trade deadline and the Chicago Bulls decisions to be made. Besides just expiring contracts like Robin Lopez or non-guaranteed deals like Jabari Parker, will the Bulls look to move a player like Kris Dunn at the deadline? Have the Bulls fielded calls about Bobby Portis, who turned down an extension at the beginning of the season in order to bet on himself in restricted free agency in the summer of 2019.
The guys get into the battle of comments between Zach LaVine and Jim Boylen over the past few weeks and how its been reciprocated among fans and personnel around the NBA. Darnell explains from his point of view how LaVine is feeling about the direction of this team, why his voice is important even if his play on the floor has regressed, what the vibe is among players in the locker room, and if he expects anything to change in the final 34 games of the season.
The guys get into his long form sit down with Bulls rising start Lauri Markkanen in which it was an opportunity to get a closer look at the No. 7 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. How has Markkanen been dealing with this roller coaster season? Does Markkanen have a personality hidden inside of him that is yet to be revealed to the masses?
The guys also talk about Darnell's piece on former Bulls point guard Cameron Payne and how it may or may not change the perspective has on the way fans treat players here in Chicago. Mayberry offers his perspective on the pressure it takes to play in this city and the guys offer their opinions on why Payne may have been the punching bag for frustration that wasn't necessarily all Payne's doing. The guys also talk about Jim Boylen wanting players to hold themselves accountable but if he is taking any accountability himself? All of this and so much more on Locked On Bulls.
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