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.


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.


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.”


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


“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)




Guest: David Kaplan

For the first season finale of “The All Day SJ Show,” I had to go out with a bang.

David Kaplan, Host of NBC Sports Chicago’sSportsTalk Live” and Cubs Pre & Postgame shows, stops by to talk all things Chicago Sports. Kap joined the show after finishing his radio show, “Kap & Co.,” on AM ESPN 1000.

What are his thoughts on the Cubs off-season? What is the status of the Bears and their team going forward? What are his thoughts on the current Bulls rebuild? Is the Blackhawks championship window shut? Plus… a very special conclusion to the show.

All that and more on the Season One finale of “The All Day SJ Show.”



Guest: Fred Jordan

In Season one’s penultimate episode of “The All Day SJ Show,” the platform continues to be for the fans.

Fred Jordan, a good friend of mine and an avid-NBA fan, joins the show to talk all things NBA including: the 2017-18 season, the rise of several young talents throughout the league, if it will be CavaliersWarriors Part IV in the NBA Finals and who makes his list for top-10 players in the league currently.

Also, who is the best player of our generation? Fred does not hold back and gives his opinion, 100 percent.

Tune in and listen — great stuff here.



Guest: Chris Dorsey

As the first season of “The All Day SJ Show” begins to wrap up, it’s time to give the fans a platform.

When I created “The All Day SJ Show,” I aimed to not only have the best guests on the show, I wanted to produce content where my listeners could provide insight in addition to the well-known guests I had.

Joining this episode is one of those fans who I met on Twitter. Very vocal about his views on sports, Chris does not hold back on how he feels. It’s everything I envisioned when talking to fans and listeners of the show.

Take a listen and enjoy — we’re wrapping up the first season real soon.



Guest: Kendall Gill

This episode of “The All Day SJ Show” is a special one. Joining me for this edition is a true legend of Chicago Basketball in Kendall Gill.

Gill was a part of the “Flyin’ Illini” phenomenon, which was the golden age of Illinois Men’s Basketball. He was a lottery pick with the Charlotte Hornets in 1990, where he was drafted fifth overall. Gill was successful as a rookie, as he made the NBA-All Rookie First Team in 1991.

Known for his hard-nosed defense, Gill led the NBA in steals in 1999. He also is the co-holder of the NBA record for most steals in a game (11).

In this episode, we talk about the expectations for the Fighting Illini this season, as well as the “Flyin’ Illini” era. Kendall also talks about who was the toughest to guard between Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James… but who was the true G.O.A.T.? Kendall’s answer may surprise you…

Also on the show, we discuss the Bulls current rebuild and how long we have to wait to expect them to be contenders again.