Derrick Rose returning healthy is what matters most for the Chicago Bulls and their NBA schedule. What are some other intriguing storylines?
LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony await out the gate
It doesn’t get much more primetime and scary for the Bulls than the start of the their season. With Halloween on the doorstep, they almost fittingly visit Madison Square Garden to face Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. One can imagine fans will be anxious to see the Bulls remind Anthony what he passed up when he chose to re-sign in the Big Apple rather than join them.
Then jus two days later it will be a second-straight ESPN showdown, this time at the United Center against the team that Chicago is likely going to find in their way to a championship in the East. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers already present a formidable obstacle, but with the addition of Kevin Love this showdown on Halloween night will tell a lot about how the teams match up.
Derrick Rose vs. Damian Lillard on Thanksgiving week
Absent for close to two full seasons, Derrick Rose has watched as people dared to pass his crown as the best point guard in the NBA onto another. The current favorite is Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard. In three seasons they have met only once, and it was the fateful game that Rose tore the meniscus in his knee that knocked him out of last season. So one can imagine he is circling that Thanksgiving week game as a platform to show the world, and Lillard, that he is the best there is.
Pau Gasol returns to Los Angeles on Christmas
Deep down in his heart, Pau Gasol wishes he could’ve found a way to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers. Unfortunately, at age 34 his chances are dwindling to win another championship before he retired and the Bulls offered him a much better opportunity That won’t diminish the emotions he is sure to feel when Kobe Bryant and the Lakers visit the United Center on Christmas night. Warm hugs and words will be shared by all. Then Gasol will certainly look to show his old team he made the right call.
Tim Duncan and world champion Spurs bring the big test in January
It may sound cliche but the old saying holds true. To be the best, you have to beat the best. The Chicago Bulls will enter the new year poised to test their mettle against the top franchise in the NBA when they take on the defending champion San Antonio Spurs. Tim Duncan and Co. are in hot pursuit of a repeat title and the Bulls sincerely hope they will be the ones who ultimately deny them of it. Winning this game would provide them the confidence to know if they can.
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