Radio, TV, and podcast appearances, 2015-present

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Me and Laurence Holmes for my Score debut, July 15, 2016. Thanks Laurence!

Radio, TV, and podcast appearances

(titles are links)

2015 – present

11 JUN 2017 — Talking about the 20-year anniversary of Michael Jordan’s Flu Game, and other NBA topics, with Jarrett Payton on CLTV SportsFeed

10 JUN 2017 — Talking Jordan vs. LeBron + NBA SuperTeams on the D & Davis Show on Regal Radio

6 JUN 2017 — Talking all things Chicago Bears with host Robert Zeglinski on Windy City Gridiron Radio

1 JUN 2017 — Talking about the Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James GOAT debate (and this article), with host Julie DiCaro on 670 The Score

26 MAR 2017 Talking about Jerry Krause after his death with Weekend Gabe Mendoza on WLUW’s Morning Rush

21 MAR 2017 — Talking about Jerry Krause after his death, with host Laurence Holmes on 670 The Score

30 JAN 2017 — Talking with former Chicago Bulls sharpshooter Craig Hodges about his book “Long Shot”, with Justin Kaufmann on The Download on WGN

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How The GOAT Was Built: 6 Life Lessons From the 1996 Chicago Bulls

GOAT cover (book by Jack Silverstein, design by Zachary Gibson, Bag Fry)

Way back in October, back when the Bulls’ record of 72 wins was safe, I began an essay about the 12 moves the Bulls made between June 1993 and October 1995 that turned an aged, bickering, 57-win champion into a flourishing, rejuvenated, 72-win juggernaut.

Seven months later, I have a 13,000-word e-book and have spent more time reading about and watching clips of the 1995-96 Bulls than any time other than 1995-96. I’ll save you the suspense: It’s been a sweet 7 months!

Thus I am very proud to release “How The GOAT Was Built: 6 Life Lessons From the 1996 Chicago Bulls.”

READ AND DOWNLOAD THE PDF VERSION: How the GOAT was built — by Jack M Silverstein

For an iBooks copy for your phone, email readjack.com@gmail.com.

More e-book options to come.

To read the six lessons without the prologue or epilogue, (but with lots and lots of video!), click the links below: Continue reading “How The GOAT Was Built: 6 Life Lessons From the 1996 Chicago Bulls”

“My coach is everything” — Phil Jackson’s influence on the 1996 Chicago Bulls

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Excerpt from “How The GOAT Was Built: Six Life Lessons From the 1996 Chicago Bulls

Lesson #6: Find a coach who will help you be your best self

by Jack M Silverstein (@readjack)

In the summer of 1996, after winning his fourth championship, Michael Jordan came within 30 minutes of signing with the New York Knicks.

“New York was right downstairs,” Jordan told Spike Lee in “Best Seat In the House.” “The Bulls — all they had to do was mess up.”

The Knicks had an offer on the table for Jordan: one year, $25 million. “We told (Jordan’s team) they could have all our cap room,” Madison Square Garden President Dave Checketts said at the time.

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Could Michael Jordan have joined the Knicks? According to the man himself, it almost happened in 1996. (Photo illustration by Patrick Ortega, found at ballislife.com)

Continue reading ““My coach is everything” — Phil Jackson’s influence on the 1996 Chicago Bulls”

The Other 10: How Phil Jackson and Jerry Krause rebuilt the totem pole and created a new champion

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Excerpt from “How The GOAT Was Built: Six Life Lessons From the 1996 Chicago Bulls

Lesson #3: Surround yourself with humble talent for a unified mission

by Jack M Silverstein (@readjack)

The biggest fallacy about the 1990s Bulls is that they won six championships. That is, that one team won six.

In reality, two teams won three. Continue reading “The Other 10: How Phil Jackson and Jerry Krause rebuilt the totem pole and created a new champion”

Dec. 1, 2010: Dancing days for the Chicago Bulls

From November 2010 to May 2011, I wrote for a site called “The Sports Blog Network,” a sports website launched by Chris Reed. The site folded, as websites do, and at some point in the past year (maybe longer?) the content was removed.

I loved the work I did there and appreciated the opportunity Chris gave me (thanks man!) so I am reposting all of those stories on ReadJack.

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Dancing days for the Chicago Bulls

Originally published on Sports Blog Network December 1, 2010

When the Bulls stormed Phoenix in November 2010 and beat the Suns in double OT, Bulls fans could knew this team was special.
When the Bulls stormed Phoenix in November 2010 and beat the Suns in double OT, Bulls fans could knew this team was special.

In just a few minutes, the Chicago Bulls will take floor at the United Center to, I presume, the greatest of heroes’ welcomes bestowed on a Bulls team since Game 5 of the 1998 Finals, or, at least, Game 6 of the Celtics series.

That is because, for the first time since those ring-bearing Bulls of Jordan and Pippen, Jackson and Rodman, the Red and Black have run the annual circus trip gauntlet and secured more wins than losses.

Defeated the two should-be gimmes on the docket – Houston and Sacramento – and toppled the Mavericks of Nowitzki and the Suns of Nash. Lost to the L’s best team by seven, to its hottest by nine, and to one of its most talented by one.

That last came with their best player and the Eastern Conference’s leading scorer on the pine with a sore neck. No matter – if not for a just-signed, ice cold D-Leaguer bricking a pair of foul shots with 12 seconds to play, the Bulls of Rose and Noah and Thibs and Lu would have banged out that win too. Continue reading “Dec. 1, 2010: Dancing days for the Chicago Bulls”

If I haven’t seen it, it’s new to me.

Time to Settle Accounts

November 28, 2011: If I haven’t seen it, it’s new to me.

“They’re back!” Ben said in celebration, and they were indeed back: the 2011-2012 NBA season would play after all, a 66-game season that would begin Christmas Day. We high-fived and began jumping in circles in the tea room. I was hosting a post-Thanksgiving weekend party, and Ben was the first to arrive, and my old friend and partner-in-Bulls- joined me for a spirited dance as we imagined Derrick Rose driving and dishing and contorting his body for another gravity-defying layup. Continue reading “If I haven’t seen it, it’s new to me.”

On the John: A shirt for all ages

On the John

A shirt for all ages

Originally completed October 27, 2010

The Chicago Bulls Triple Threat shirt, seen here on April 24, 2005, its first call-up since the mid-90s.

In 30 minutes, the Chicago Bulls begin their 2010-11 season. As a new patch on their jerseys indicates, this season marks the twenty-year anniversary of the 1991 Bulls, the franchise’s first championship team.

Perhaps more significantly than that is a separate, albeit connected, twenty-year anniversary: that of my Chicago Bulls Triple Threat t-shirt. Continue reading “On the John: A shirt for all ages”

From August 11, 2008: Signing your life away

On the John

Signing your life away

Originally completed on August 11, 2008

After four years in Chicago, Chris Duhon was off to New York.
After four years in Chicago, Chris Duhon was off to New York.

I am going to miss Chris Duhon.

Not that I’ve ever met the man, but that’s how it feels with the home team. It is indeed root-root!-ROOT!, and then Duhon signs with the Knicks, and they trade Chris Harris to Carolina and ship Rowand to the Phillies, and, well, you miss ‘em.

Part of this is strategic; you think the Bulls would be best served with Duhon running the second unit, and you prefer Harris’ smarts and hits to Danieal Manning’s speed, and you feel it’s bad karma to trade away your World Series-winning center fielder less than a month after winning the World Series. Continue reading “From August 11, 2008: Signing your life away”

From the ’93 Sox to the ’98 Cubs: a sports conversion

A sports conversion

Baseball was never that big in my house.

No one was cooler than Bo Jackson and the '93 Sox.
When you were 11, nothing was cooler than Bo Jackson and the '93 Sox.

OK. That’s not fair. Baseball was always big. But the Bears were BIG. We watched the Bears every week. We went to the games. We sang the songs. Papa made his picks for his pool, and later, so did I. And while Chicago has never been a Bulls’ city, I grew up at a time when the Bulls were on their way to becoming the biggest show around, on the strength of having a player who already was the biggest show around. On top of that, there was always such a choppiness with the Cubs. Two playoff trips five years apart, and yet two entirely different teams, with only Sandberg and Sutcliffe (and Scott Sanderson, if you want to be generous) stemming the tide from the ’84 club to the ’89 club. Meanwhile, the Bears were at their absolute best and biggest, and the Bulls were climbing: between ’84 and ’89 they acquired all six starters for the first Three-Peat, and promoted Phil Jackson to head coach. Continue reading “From the ’93 Sox to the ’98 Cubs: a sports conversion”