The All Day SJ Show – Season 2, Episode 9

 

Guest: Madeline Kenney

In a special edition of The All Day SJ Show, Madeline Kenney of the Chicago Sun-Times stops by.

Kenney, a graduate of Loyola Chicago, covered the team during their Cinderella run to the Final Four. Madeline and I discuss the impact of the team’s run and just how magical it was. We also discuss international celebrity, Sister Jean…

You don’t want to miss this!

The All Day SJ Show – Season 2, Episode 8

 

Guest: See Red Fred

On this edition of The All Day SJ Show, we have a very special guest.

See Red Fred, a die-hard Chicago Bulls fan, is heard regularly on “Waddle & Silvy” on ESPN AM 1000. He also is a contributor to Chicago Bullseye. Myself and Fred discuss various topics, including:

  • Year One of the Bulls current rebuild
  • What the future holds for Chicago’s pro basketball team
  • The development of Lauri Markkanen
  • Predictions for the upcoming NBA Playoffs

A great listen. Tune in for an awesome conversation between two die-hard Chicago Bulls and NBA fans. Season 2 is soon coming to a close!

The All Day SJ Show – Season 2, Episode 5

 

Guest: Patrick Giblin.

WE ARE BACK!!

After a month’s hiatus, The All Day SJ Show returns. Joining me for Episode 5 of Season 2 is NBC Sports Chicago’s Patrick Giblin. Giblin serves as NBC Sports Chicago’s Blackhawks Pre and Postgame Producer. He is also an Associate Producer and Editor for the station.

Giblin, a self-described proud nerd in all things sports and Star Wars, joins the show to talk about the Blackhawks and their disappointing season, and where they go from here. We also talk about the Game of Thrones phenomenon, and what to expect for the final season in 2019. We also talk the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the upcoming Avengers movie.

The All Day SJ Show – Season 2, Episode 4


 

Guest: Adam Abdalla

In today’s episode of The All Day SJ Show, ESPN Chicago (AM 1000) Host and Producer, Adam Abdalla, co-hosts.

We talk all things Chicago Sports and Hip-Hop. That includes the Bulls, Blackhawks, Cubs and White Sox — and the expectations for the teams both now, and in the future.

  • Who is closer to a championship between the Bulls and Blackhawks?
  • Expectations for the Cubs and White Sox in 2018?
  • Who is the best rapper alive today?

All that and more on The All Day SJ Show.

The All Day SJ Show – Season 2, Episode 3

 

Guest: Pat Boyle

As Season 2 of The All Day SJ Show continues, we take a look at the decline of the Chicago Blackhawks this season.

Co-hosting the show with me today is NBC Sports Chicago’s Blackhawks Pre & Postgame Host: Pat Boyle. Boyle also hosts Pro Football Weekly in addition to his co-hosting duties with ESPN 1000 right here in Chicago.

We discuss the Blackhawks this season, and what the fallout might be when it is all said and done. We discuss the core of the team (Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Corey Crawford).

We also discuss the other tenant in the United Center, the Chicago Bulls and what Pat expects for the city’s pro basketball team. Last, but not least, which team in Chicago is the closest to a championship?

All that and more on The All Day SJ Show.

The All Day SJ Show – Season 2, Episode 2

 

Guest: Stephen Noh

Season 2 of The All Day SJ Show continues. In Episode 2, Stephen Noh joins the show. Stephen serves as a Chicago Bulls Columnist/Podcaster for The Athletic in Chicago.

We cover a variety of topics when it comes to the Bulls. We discuss how the rebuild is going so far, have potentially two lottery picks in this year’s draft — and whether or not, if packaged with the available cap room, will this rebuild only take one year?

Noh also discusses his targets for the Bulls in this year’s draft, as well as potential fits in free agency and restricted free agency — Rodney Hood anyone?

Also, Anthony Davis to the Bulls? Not so fast…

All this and more on this edition of The All Day SJ Show

Back-2-Basics

When you think about the NBA currently, you think about LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. Fans marvel at how LeBron goes coast to coast for a slam dunk, or how Durant makes scoring the basketball look easy. However, the aforementioned Curry’s skills are different. Curry is what you call a “lights out shooter.”

Curry is considered by some to be the best shooter in NBA history. His game is so transcendent, that the way basketball is played today has changed. Due to Curry’s popularity, young kids who watch his games believe they have to play like him in order to be successful in not just the NBA, but any level of basketball.

Enter Handy Johnson, founder of Back-2-Basics. Johnson believes in teaching players, at any level, the fundamentals of the game in order to ensure they succeed.

Back-2-Basics is a skill development camp that I saw a great need for by being a high school coach,” Johnson said. “I got to the interpretation of understanding that Back-2-Basics were how I was taught. So I said to myself, why not go back to what the basics were – and that is where Back-2-Basics came from.”

Stephen Curry’s personal trainer knows Coach Johnson,” camper Damian Bolden said. “He knows I really like Steph, so he spoke to his trainer and we got backstage passes to meet him and it was a lifetime dream. He gave me some advice to just keep working hard and it does not matter what height you are.”

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Saint Catherine of Siena – Maguire Hall: the gym where the camp is located. The gym has hosted several big name basketball players – including Detroit Pistons legend and Basketball Hall of Famer, Isiah Thomas. (January 18, 2018 – Photo: Steven Johnson)

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The calm before the storm, as the camp is set to begin. It is time to go back to the basics. (January 18, 2018 – Photo: Steven Johnson)

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Coach Johnson and his campers begin to arrive. Daniel Johnson, his son, practices his jump shot as Coach prepares the court for the instructional session. (January 18, 2018 – Photo: Steven Johnson)

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It is go-time now. The campers have basketballs and now it is time to run some drills. You have to bring your ‘A’-game all the time for Coach Johnson. (January 18, 2018 – Photo: Steven Johnson)

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Form is very important when it comes to shooting a basketball. Damian Bolden, who hopes to be the next Stephen Curry, works on his shooting form. (January 18, 2018 – Photo: Steven Johnson)

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Coach Johnson instructs his campers on how to catch up with outlet passes from their teammates. When the camper catches the pass, they must finish with a lay-up. (January 18, 2018 – Steven Johnson)

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The camp also teaches proper form when it comes to exercising. Here, Daniel does push-ups to strengthen his core muscles. (January 18, 2018 – Steven Johnson)

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Coach Johnson observes his campers as they go through their drills. (January 18, 2018 – Photo: Steven Johnson)

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Again, it is all about the basics. Another camper looks to bury a free throw – a critical part of the game of basketball. (January 18, 2018 – Photo: Steven Johnson)

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A camper pulls up for a jumper after beating her opponent (the cones represent the defense) off the dribble. (January 18, 2018 – Photo: Steven Johnson)

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“I have to give props to Coach Johnson – he is the best trainer in the city,” – Damian Bolden. As Coach Johnson ends this session, he takes time out to teach to what the campers are here for. (January 18, 2018 – Photo: Steven Johnson)