The new NBA schedule is here! The new NBA schedule is here! Err, the first week, Christmas, and MLK Day schedules are here? Yes, that’s right, tonight the NBA decided to release a “teaser” schedule to kick off NBA schedule fever (which ends next week, when they release the rest of it)! I’m hooked!
The NBA season officially kicks off on October 26th with some nameless jackasses taking on some goons. The real NBA season kicks off the very next day, when the Chicago Bulls take on an action-noise, the Oklahoma City Bang! Boom! Thunder! Not satisfied with the Bulls getting the shaft with their annual November circus trip, The Commish stuck it to the Bulls by having them start on the road against one of the more exciting, young, rising teams in the league. To add to their talent, word on the street is that the Pow! Zap! Thunder! are still stewing from getting a WNBA team moniker (Why not the OKC Gentle Breeze?).
The Bulls then have their home opener against the Port Land Trail Blazers. As of this post, there is no word on whether or not Greg Oden has been put back together to compete for the City of Roses. With or without Oden, the Compound Words bring a formidable crew to the UC. Brandon Roy is an under-the-radar star who runs this dangerous team, while Portland sports some wicked muscle in (the ever so briefly Chicago Bull) LaMarcus Aldridge. If you are keeping score at home, that is the NBA Giving the Shaft: 2, the Chicago Bulls: 0.
After Father Christmas is done leaving presents for all the little kiddies (who didn’t do bad little things), the Bulls travel to New York to take on the Knicks to kick off twelve hours of NBA yuletide basketball (yep, a five-frigging-header). The last time the Bulls played a Christmas Day game was back in a certain 97-98 season (against the Heat), in which they would go on to win their sixth title in eight years (just sayin’). This will be the third matchup between the Bulls and the Knicks on Christmas, with Chicago being 2-0 in the previous two. Ergo, we can go ahead and assume that when the Bulls take care of the Knicks on Christmas, a seventh franchise title is all but a given.
The fourth and final Bulls game that was released tonight, has them in Memphis on MLK Day. After everyone is done opening their MLK Day presents, they can turn their attention to the Bulls battling against the Grizzlies, which kicks off a modest NBA four-header on tap for the day (that is only approximately 9-10 hours of basketball). Memphis brings a slew of talented young players (who are probably itching to get out of Memphis, if history is anything to go by) and the always volatile Zach Randolf (who is probably itching for a hoagie).
And there you have it, the four-game Chicago Bulls teaser schedule! What does it all mean? Four wins on the way to 56, if I had to guess.