After a week of Carmelo Anthony weighing his options between returning to the New York Knicks or joining Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls, it really comes as no surprise that the NBA would decide to have the two teams face each other on opening day Oct. 29.
Anthony nearly spurned the Knicks for the Bulls, and it will be interesting to see if there is any lasting tension or bad blood between both teams after the Bulls pulled out all the stops to try and lure Anthony only to be left extremely disappointed. Not to be remiss, it will also be the first time Rose takes the court in a regular season game since his injury.
On Christmas Day, the Bulls will face Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. It is unclear if there will be an earlier meeting between the teams or if it will be the first time Pau Gasol plays his former team. It will also be the first game Carlos Boozer plays in Chicago after being amnestied. The teams last squared off on Christmas in 2011 when Rose hit a game-winning floater to defeat the Lakers 88-87.
The Bulls will also be in Cleveland to face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The way free agency played out essentially set up the Bulls’ matchups and certainly provides a narrative going into each game. Other games to look forward to when the schedule is released is their first home game, the first time they play James and the Cavaliers in Chicago and Jabari Parker returning to Chicago with the Milwaukee Bucks.