Were you as excited for opening night of the 2013 NBA season as everyone else? Even if you weren’t, it was hard not to get caught up in the hype of all the “Basketball is Back” and “Derrick Rose‘s Return” campaigns that have been screaming at us for the past few weeks. But once the games finally came, including the “gem” that featured Rose in his first game back against the two-time defending TV ratings machine, we were disappointed.
The Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic was hardly an appetizer as the favorite pulled away with ease. Sure, it was cool to see Victor Oladipo in his NBA debut, but it wasn’t anything special. And the late game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers was kind of entertaining since the more popular L.A. won the game without Kobe Bryant, but it still wasn’t anything to write home about.
The game that was supposed to be the thriller went about like most realistic basketball fans expected: the Miami Heat topped Rose’s Chicago Bulls with ease after their pregame ceremony to celebrate yet another championship. So as day two of the NBA season gets underway, let’s hope the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers or San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies can entertain us because the rest of the snooze fests scheduled on the eve of Halloween are going to a repeat of opening night.