Fox Sports Net, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Bulls, is ready to deliver a great night of NBA basketball with the Bulls visiting the three-time NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers this Friday night, November 22. Plus, the Lakers three-time NBA Finals MVP Shaquille O'Neal is set to play his first game of the season.
Fox Sports Net's coverage of the Bulls-Lakers game begins with Bulls PRE at 9:00 PM with hosts Gail Fischer and Bulls legend Norm Van Lier. Highlights of Bulls PRE include FSN's Bill Wennington providing a special one-on-one interview with former Bulls/current Lakers head coach Phil Jackson. In addition, there will be a feature on the league's top five "swingmen," which include Jalen Rose of the Bulls and Kobe Bryant of the Lakers.
Tip-off is set for 9:30 PM featuring Fox Sports Net's Bulls announcing team of Tom Dore and Johnny "Red" Kerr with Wennington providing sideline reports. Following the game, fans can look forward to locker room interviews and post-game analysis on the Fifth Third Bank Bulls POST.
The following is a breakdown of FSN's Bulls-Lakers coverage on Friday, November 22:
9:00 PM – Bulls PRE (includes Wennington's interview with Phil Jackson)
9:30 PM – Chicago Bulls at Los Angeles Lakers (live from the Staples Center)
11:45 PM – Fifth Third Bank Bulls POST (live, time approx.)
* Currently, Bulls ratings are up 106% on FSN (3.3 average this season compared to a 1.6 average a year ago).
* FSN's Norm Van Lier will be in L.A. as a live guest on the Best Damn Sports Show Period on Wednesday, November 27 at 8:00 PM.