NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — Two of the Eastern Conference giants will square-off on Wednesday night when the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks meet at Madison Square Garden for their respective season openers.
The game will also see two of the league’s top players in Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose coming together in search of early bragging rights.
Chicago welcome back a now fully fit Rose to go along with the likes of new recruits Pau Gasol, Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott, veteran Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler, which is why many have set the bar high for this season.
“We have a lot of talents and we’ve had a lot of talent in the past,” said Noah ahead of the opener. “I love the mentality on this team. We’ve just got to keep grinding.
“It’s exciting. It starts (Wednesday), embarking on a long journey. I couldn’t ask for anything more. We have a lot of new faces and a lot of new players, guys coming back from injuries.
“Chemistry is probably the most important thing. Chemistry doesn’t happen overnight. You’ve just got to keep working at it, keep understanding where guys want the ball.
“Play to each other’s strengths and cover our weaknesses, and keep growing as a group, through the good and the bad. That’s exciting.”
First year head coach Derek Fisher will lead a Knicks side that is also full of talents, despite not doing a lot of business in the offseason.
Phil Jackson and the backroom staff worked hard in the summer to convinced Anthony to stay in New York.
The forward tested the free agent market, but opted to stick around with the belief that he will get the necessary help needed in a push for a playoffs place in what is expected to be a very tight Eastern Conference battle.
The sharp shooting J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. are a few of the names already determined to step-up in assisting their leader.
A total of 12 NBA games are on the schedule for Wednesday night.
The Miami Heat will start life without LeBron James against the Washington Wizards, while the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, who were both in action on Tuesday night, will also be in action again.
LA Lakers are at Phoenix, looking to bounce back from their opening night defeat to Houston, and the Rockets play the Utah Jazz, seeking back-to-back wins.
Elsewhere, the Oklahoma City Thunder – missing reigning MVP Kevin Durant, who is out injured – travel to face the Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets are at Boston Celtics, while rookie Jabari Parker and the Milwaukee Bucks are taking on the Charlotte Hornets at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Wednesday, October 29 – NBA SCHEDULE
MATCHUP TIME (ET) TV CHANNELS
Milwaukee at Charlotte 7:00 PM FSWI, TSOH
Philadelphia at Indiana 7:00 PM CSN, FSMW
Brooklyn at Boston 7:30 PM YES, CSNN
Washington at Miami 7:30 PM CSNB, SUN
Atlanta at Toronto 7:30 PM TSOH, TSN
Minnesota at Memphis 8:00 PM FSN, TSOH
Chicago at New York 8:00 PM WGN MSG, ESPN/WatchESPN
Detroit at Denver 9:00 PM FSDT, ALT
Houston at Utah 9:00 PM CSN Houston, ROOT
LA Lakers at Phoenix 10:00 PM TWC, SN, FSAZ
Golden State at Sacramento 10:00 PM CSNB, CSAC
Oklahoma City at Portland 10:30 PM FSOK, KGW, ESPN/WatchESPN