Chicago Bulls basketball is back.
After a tough 2012-13 campaign in which this team competed and made the NBA playoffs but never had a chance to win a championship, the Bulls finally look poised to make a run in the East.
Superstar point guard Derrick Rose, who missed more than a year after tearing his ACL in the 2012 postseason, will be making his triumphant return during the preseason and should be 100 percent in time for the regular-season tip.
His presence makes all the difference, as it pushes Chicago from a token playoff squad to a serious contender that can challenge the Miami Heat for the conference title.
Let’s take a look at the entire schedule, via NBA.com, for the Bulls, highlight some of the marquee matchups, make a prediction on how they will fare in 2013-14 and more.
*All times ET
2013-14 Chicago Bulls Schedule
@ Miami Heat
|October 31||vs. New York Knicks||8:00 p.m.|
@ Philadelphia 76ers
@ Indiana Pacers
|November 8||vs. Utah Jazz||8:00 p.m.|
|November 11||vs. Cleveland Cavaliers||8:00 p.m.|
|November 15||@ Toronto Raptors||7:00 p.m.|
|November 16||vs. Indiana Pacers||8:00 p.m.|
|November 18||vs. Charlotte Bobcats||8:00 p.m.|
|November 21||@ Denver Nuggets||10:30 p.m.|
|November 22||@ Portland Trail Blazers||10:00 p.m.|
|November 24||@ Los Angeles Clippers||3:30 p.m.|
|November 25||@ Utah Jazz||9:00 p.m.|
|November 27||@ Detroit Pistons||7:30 p.m.|
|November 30||@ Cleveland Cavaliers||7:30 p.m.|
|December 2||vs. New Orleans Pelicans||8:00 p.m.|
|December 5||vs. Miami Heat||9:30 p.m.|
|December 7||vs. Detroit Pistons||8:00 p.m.|
|December 10||vs. Milwaukee Bucks||8:00 p.m.|
|December 11||@ New York Knicks||8:00 p.m.|
|December 13||@ Milwaukee Bucks||8:30 p.m.|
|December 14||vs. Toronto Raptors||8:00 p.m.|
|December 16||vs. Orlando Magic||8:00 p.m.|
|December 18||@ Houston Rockets||9:30 p.m.|
|December 19||@ Oklahoma City Thunder
|December 21||vs. Cleveland Cavaliers||8:00 P.m.|
|December 25||@ Brooklyn Nets
|December 28||vs. Dallas Mavericks
|December 30||@ Memphis Grizzlies
|December 31||vs. Toronto Raptors||7:00 p.m.|
|December 2||vs Boston Celtics||8:00 p.m.|
|December 4||vs Atlanta Hawks||8:00 p.m.|
|December 7||vs Phoenix Suns||8:00 p.m.|
|December 10||@ Milwaukee Bucks||8:30 p.m.|
|December 11||vs Charlotte Hornets||8:00 p.m.|
|December 13||vs Washington Wizards||8:00 p.m.|
|December 15||@ Orlando Magic||7:00 p.m.|
|December 17||@ Washington Wizards||7:00 p.m.|
|December 18||vs Philadelphia 76ers||8:00 p.m.|
|December 20||vs L.A. Lakers||8:00 p.m.|
|December 22||@ Cleveland Cavaliers||7:00 p.m.|
|December 24||vs L.A. Clippers||8:00 p.m.|
|December 25||@ Charlotte Hornets||7:00 p.m.|
|December 27||vs Minnesota Timberwolves||8:00 p.m.|
|December 29||@ San Antonio Spurs||9:30 p.m.|
|February 1||@ New Orleans Hornets||8:00 p.m.|
|February 3||@ Sacramento Kings||10:00 p.m.|
|February 4||@ Phoenix Suns||9:00 p.m.|
|February 6||@ Golden State Warriors||10:30 p.m.|
|February 9||@ L.A. Lakers||3:30 p.m.|
|February 11||vs Atlanta Hawks||8:00 p.m.|
|February 13||vs Brooklyn Nets||8:00 p.m.|
|February 19||@ Toronto Raptors||7:00 p.m.|
|February 21||vs Denver Nuggets||8:00 p.m.|
|February 23||@ Miami Heat||3:30 p.m.|
|February 25||@ Atlanta Hawks||7:30 p.m.|
|February 26||vs Golden State Warriors||8:00 p.m.|
|February 28||@ Dallas Mavericks||8:30 p.m.|
|March 2||vs New York Knicks||1:00 p.m.|
|March 3||@ Brooklyn Nets||7:30 p.m.|
|March 5||@ Detroit Pistons||7:30 p.m.|
|March 7||vs Memphis Grizzlies||7:00 p.m.|
|March 9||vs Miami Heat||1:00 p.m.|
|March 11||vs San Antonio Spurs||8:00 p.m.|
|March 13||vs Houston Rockets||7:00 p.m.|
|March 15||vs Sacramento Kings||8:00 p.m.|
|March 17||vs Oklahoma City Thunder||8:00 p.m.|
|March 19||@ Philadelphia 76ers||7:00 p.m.|
|March 21||@ Indiana Pacers||7:00 p.m.|
|March 22||vs Philadelphia 76ers||8:00 p.m.|
|March 24||vs Indiana Pacers||8:00 p.m.|
|March 28||vs Portland Trail Blazers||8:00 p.m.|
|March 30||@ Boston Celtics||7:00 p.m.|
|March 31||vs Boston Celtics||8:00 p.m.|
|April 2||@ Atlanta Hawks||7:30 p.m.|
|April 4||vs Milwaukee Bucks||8:00 p.m.|
|April 5||@ Washington Wizards||7:00 p.m.|
|April 9||@ Minnesota Timberwolves||8:00 p.m.|
|April 11||vs Detroit Pistons||8:00 p.m.|
|April 13||@ New York Knicks||1:00 p.m.|
|April 14||vs Orlando Magic||8:00 p.m.|
|April 16||@ Charlotte Hornets||8:00 p.m.|
Most Intriguing Matchups
Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks
When: October 31
The Bulls open their highly anticipated 2013-14 campaign with a home showdown with the New York Knicks.
It’s going to be a must-see event that even the most casual of NBA observers will want to tune in to see, as D-Rose takes center stage with everything to prove and the weight of great expectations pressing down on his shoulders.
Should he succeed and put on a showing that suggests that he benefited from missing the entire 2012-13 season, he will almost instantly quiet all the detractors and doubters that were around every corner last year.
If he struggles and looks like he isn’t the same player that won the 2011 NBA MVP, there will be a barrage of fans and analysts asking if the 24-year-old star will ever go back to being his former self.
Which Rose will show up? There's only one way to find out, so don't miss this highly anticipated matchup, since the point guard's performance will set the tone for Chicago's entire season.
Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat
When: October 29
You better believe that this rivalry will be renewed in earnest when the Heat and Bulls take the floor on October 29.
Ever since the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, when top-seeded Chicago fell to No. 2-seeded Miami, this has been one of the premier matchups in the NBA.
Although many thought the intensity would cool a bit without Rose on the floor last season, the Bulls managed to keep things interesting by snapping the Heat’s 27-game winning streak with a razor-thin lineup.
When the two clashed in the postseason, Chicago managed to steal Game 1 on the road before getting eliminated in five contests.
Don’t be surprised if these heated rivals trade blows and duke it out in one of the more exciting regular-season matchups of the NBA season.
Predicted 2013-14 Record for Chicago Bulls: 62-20
With or without Rose on the floor, the Bulls are one of the most consistent and reliable teams in the NBA.
Will the Bulls win it all in 2013-14?
With their floor general back in action and presumably at 100 percent, the squad is going to be in contention for the best record in the league.
This is a loaded lineup that has quality players at every position and a decent bench that can hold its own—with much credit due to head coach Tom Thibodeau’s brilliant defensive system.
Fans in the Windy City should be quite excited for what’s to come, as Rose’s return will have Chi-Town back on the map and talking championship in short order.