In the unlikely event the lockout is resolved prior to the opening tip off of the NBA season, the Chicago Bulls will draw the Mavericks in Dallas to tip things off.
It brings back memories to the 2006/7 season when they absolutely crushed the Miami Heat on ring day to open the season. The Bulls went on to have a rough start following that game, but did finish with their best effort in the post Jordan era up until last season.
They'll also draw the Lakers, in Los Angelas, on Christmas day. The most interesting thing about the Laker game is it would be the first time in my memory that the Bulls wouldn't have hit the Lakers on the Circus trip in mid November.
It's unlikely that much else will change about the trip though, they'll likely either shorten it by a game or squeeze in another west coast team that's simply not quite as far on the west coast while doing a simple jaunt out to LA and back over Christmas.
The rest of the NBA schedule, ignoring a lockout, should be released later today. The timing is interesting.
Typically the NBA doesn't release the schedule until mid August, and I'd imagine there's some tactical advantage related to the lockout as to why it's being released earlier.
There's little reason to get too excited about the schedule though. With a long lockout looming it will likely need to be rewritten.
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