home opener

Noah and Butler

Alright, cialis alright, sovaldi sale alright! Who’s ready for some legitimate Bulls basketball? (raises hand eagerly) Preseason is fine and dandy, but it’s like going to get Froyo and just having some taste-test samples – you love some, you like some, but ultimately you want to put your favorites all in one tub and experience the magic! So maybe I enjoy Froyo too much, but I am also ready for the Chicago Bulls to run the floor of the United Center on Tuesday kicking off the new season. Who better to challenge our favorite men in red but the defending Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers? Let the rivalry continue!

Remind me, why do we care about the Cavs?

Here’s the skinny, Cleveland currently is and has been the favorites of the Eastern Conference – which is the Bulls conference. First and foremost, they have Lebron James the four-time NBA MVP. He’s a freak of nature when it comes to basketball and my favorite player to hate because he’s always on the opposing team. The Cavs as a whole have crazy depth (we’re talking Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson) and can suffocate their opponents on offensive AND defense. Question is, will the Bulls new offensive-minded approach be enough to overpower the Cavs? Well, we’ll just have to find out.

Keep Your Eyes On: Lebron James and Jimmy Butler

Despite the few Derrick Rose hopeless romantics left in Chicago, we all know this Bulls team is going to be led by Jimmy Butler. He signed his big boy contract this offseason and now we need the man to perform. Butler always plays Lebron James tough since his professional game was developed under Thibodeau who preached defense. Lebron James, is rumored to not be practicing after a back injection, but he claims he is healthy and ready to go. Lebron James with the flu is still tougher to play than most guys in the league so Butler has his work cut out for him – per usual.

Big Bench Mob: 

Joakim Noah has been demoted to come off the bench according to Coach Hoiberg and Nikola Mirotic will be starting in his place. JoNo’s never been the team’s most prominent offensive player, but after a career low season in 2014-2015 and a new offensive minded coach, Noah needs to add something else to the mix. Apparently, that something else is going to be coming off the bench, but I mean Taj Gibson AND Noah off the bench is rather intimidating to other team’s reserves. I kind of love the depth.

Masked Man:

This is definitely day-to-day, but as of right now Derrick Rose is slated to play in the home opener at the United Center on the 27th. Before the orbital fracture during practice (aka breaking his face) I was so optimistic about Rose this season, getting a healthy chance. Now he’s rocking a mask that looks incredibly uncomfortable and I would imagine it’s so hot and sweaty under there. Regardless, we’re not going to get top notch DRose for the home opener, but we may at least hear his name called during introductions. Also, totally unrelated to actually playing basketball, please enjoy the irony of Rose’s Addias 6 slogan “Never Break” – it’s too much for my heart to handle.

Two years in a row our Bulls have kicked off their home opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers. You know those NBA schedulers are adding fire to the already existing rivalry on purpose. Tip-off is at 7PM on the 27th, be at the UC or tune in! Time to #SeeRed Bulls babes.


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Here we go ladies and gents! The 2012-2013 Bulls season is officially in session! It was a  packed house at the United Center Wednesday night as the Bulls kicked off their season by defeating the Sacramento Kings 93-87. It wasn’t pretty, some of it was down right ugly, but the Bulls toughed it out and started the season 1-0.

Fans are going to have to adapt to this new type of play since a particular super-star talent has been sidelined. Chicago will be focused on their chemistry as one solid unit – remember there is no “I” in team. Let’s take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly of the home opener.

Noah & Hinrich defend Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins (AP)

What You Need to Know

  • This may very well be the year of Jo-No. Joakim Noah was a monster last night and emerged as a true offensive threat for the Bulls this season. Noah led the team with 23 points, 10 rebounds, three blocked shots, and a career-high of five steals. Can I have some more sir? If Noah can continue to play this effectively on offense, the Bulls may be able to pull off some big wins this season.
  • Defensively the team played very well as a unit forcing plenty of Sacramento turnovers; Coach Thibodeau has worked his magic. However, this was countered by allowing too many offensive turnovers. What’s the point of stealing the ball when you’re going to give it right back?
  • The Bulls definitely have some kinks to work out, but every player impacted the team win. NBA vet Rip Hamilton (19 points) was relentless and looked back to his old form – ready to make an impact this season. Carlos Boozer (18 points, eight rebounds) was dependable down the stretch, Luol Deng struggled with his shot, but made a solid impact on defense, and Kirk Hinrich (7 assists) started the game despite his groin injury.
  • Taj Gibson had 4 solid blocks off the bench tonight, but seemed a bit distracted offensively. Rest assured, the Bulls signed a $38 million contract extension with Gibson after the game. Expect to see way more focus and productivity out of the big guy now that GIbson knows he can call Chicago home for another 4 years.
  • The Kings fought a hard battle causing the lead to shimmy between Chicago and Sacramento throughout the game until the last few seconds. Fourth-year guard Tyreke Evans (former Rookie of the Year) had 21 points and eight rebounds, starting center DeMarcus Cousins had 14 points, while Marcus Thornton lit things up off the bench with 15 points.

Your Take Away Piece

“No need to put things lightly, this season is going to be a challenge for the Bulls. Knowing they’ll be forced to play without their superstar Derrick Rose for the majority of the season really changes up the dynamic of the team. They no longer work around one player as the key figure offensively, rather they’ll need to keep up the cohesive team effort. Every game the Bulls will need multiple players in double digits – it’s a lot to ask, but it’s also not impossible. Otherwise they’ll find themselves treading water until Rose’s return.”

What’s Next

Game two is right around the corner as the Bulls are eastern bound to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers this Friday at 6:30 PM. It’s CSN Chicago’s first Bulls broadcast and we know you’ve missed the colorful commentary from Stacey King and the play-by-play from Neil Funk just as much as we have. Things might get rough this year, but don’t even consider sitting this season out and jumping back on the bandwagon once Derrick Rose returns. There’s a lot of talent left on the Bulls and plenty of basketball to be played!

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