On Monday, the NBA and Chicago Bulls released the 2019-20 schedule. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights.
It’s August, two months from the start of the NBA regular season and the NBA offseason keeps ticking along. If you’re a Chicago Bulls fan, you’ve traveled from the NBA Lottery (where we all discovered that tanking does not in fact work very well) to the NBA Draft to free agency. From there, you watched as the Bulls selected Coby White and Daniel Gafford with their first and second-round picks, respectively.
It’s been quiet for a bit, that is, until Monday, when the NBA once again gave us something to talk about – the full release of the 2019-20 NBA schedule.
The Christmas Day games had already been announced and as Bulls fans, you can enjoy your entire day with family and loved ones, Chicago will not be hosting any NBA games. What we did know is that the Windy City will be the center of the NBA universe in February, when All-Star Weekend descends upon Chicago.
In regards to the Bulls’ actual schedule, there is some intrigue of course. Let’s take a closer look at what’s to come.
Homecomings, star visits and intriguing matchups
The Bulls kick off their schedule on the road October 23 taking on Terry Rozier and the Charlotte Hornets.
Had to wait for the paint to dry… Our 2019-2020 schedule is here! #RunWithUs
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) August 12, 2019
After a quick stop in Memphis to challenge Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson and the Grizzlies, Chicago opens its home schedule October 26 the defending NBA Champion Toronto Raptors and Pascal Siakam. They won’t have Kawhi Leonard, but they’ll have collected their title rings and raised their championship banner by then.
James Harden, Russell Westbrook and the Houston Rockets will tip-off in Chicago November 9. That stands out as one of the more intriguing matchups of the season. Maybe I’m just curious to view The Beard and Brodie wrestle the ball from each other late in games. It’ll be entertaining at least.
Other notes and random thoughts
Coming off a 22-60 season, we didn’t expect to see Lauri Markkanen and Zach LaVine gracing our television screens on Christmas Day. In fact, Chicago will only be seen nationally once, on the road January 17 against Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers.
Who are we to complain though, really, when the Bulls only won 22 games? It is what it is and if the franchise wants to be back on prime time in the future, it better start winning more games.
Anyway, the Bulls will have a bit of a Christmas break, they’re on the road in Orlando December 23 and won’t be back in action until December 28 at home against Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks.
All-Star weekend comes to Chicago February 14-16. Will we see LaVine vs Aaron Gordon for the Slam Dunk title? Let’s all hope so. The NBA needs it, casual fans need it, WE need it. Could we see first-time All-Stars in Markkanen and LaVine? What a way to make a debut, on their home floor. We’re all here for it.
Chicago won’t face too many daunting road trips, but they do have a doozy of a trip from March 30-April 8. A four-city, five-game jaunt through the West featuring Utah, Denver, Phoenix and both LA teams. Yikes! If the playoffs are the Bulls’ ambition this season, they’ll need to sneak a couple wins on that trip.
The fun begins for the Chicago Bulls soon
We still have a few weeks of summer to enjoy, but of course the NBA season will be upon us soon – less than two months from now actually. The Bulls kick off their preseason tilt October 7 vs the Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
For now, let’s bask in whatever sunshine Mother Nature allows us. We still have a little time to prepare for another fun and drama-filled NBA season.