By Andrew Pappas @AndrewPappas24 on August 14, 2014
The NBA season will be here before we know it. With the return of Derrick Rose and the addition of Pau Gasol, the Chicago Bulls are thought to be one of the favorites in the Eastern Conference. Which games of theirs are must-see TV this upcoming season? Here's five.
The storylines are abundant. Carmelo choosing Knicks over Bulls, Derek Fisher’s first game as a head coach and of course, the return of Derrick Rose. Rose has played well at Madison Square Garden in the past and has looked great with Team USA this Summer. Bulls fans are hoping that success will translate to opening night and Rose can dazzle the nation on ESPN.
The Bulls' home opener is coming against none other than LeBron James. James is one of the most hated basketball players in Chicago’s fan base’s history. Joakim Noah has always taken exception with the idea of “super teams” that LeBron always tends to find himself on. The Bulls/LeBron James rivalry will be excellent this year, probably culminating in an epic Eastern Conference Finals. Halloween night is just the beginning.
The Wizards handled the Bulls in quick fashion during last season's playoffs. The newly reloaded Chicago team will surely be looking to make a statement in their first rematch with Washington in the 2014-15 season. The Rose/Wall matchup is must-see TV as is the matchup of the supremely skilled frontcourt tandems. Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol versus Nene and Marcin Gortat. Should be a great game.
Pau Gasol experienced his most successful years as a pro in Los Angeles, but on Christmas Day, he will be wearing black and red trying to knock off the Lakers. Derrick Rose gave us a spectacular game winner a few years ago on Christmas against L.A., and Bulls fans are hoping to see some more of the same on Dec. 25 this year. Carlos Boozer is also a Laker now. It will be interesting to see how he is received at the United Center.
In the sixth-to-last game of the season, LeBron and the Bulls will square off yet again. This will be a great gauge game to see how the teams matchup heading into the playoffs. Both rosters experienced a face lift this offseason, so gelling and developing together is vital for both teams’ success. April is the month of the basketball season that gets ramped up a notch with playoffs right around the corner. This game will be electric.
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