Even without Derrick Rose, there will be plenty of good basketball for fans to watch at the United Center this winter.
The Chicago Bulls on Thursday unveiled the schedule for the 2012-2013 season with things kicking off Halloween night. No, Derrick Rose won’t be in uniform for most of the year, but stars will still shine at the United Center.
Here are some of the key home games fans should be excited about circling on their season calendar:
Hornets vs. Bulls (Nov. 3): Anthony Davis comes to Chicago for the first time as a pro. The last time he played on the United Center floor was during the 2011 McDonald’s All-American game in front of the largest crowd in the history of the event. Chicago fans also will get a look at another New Orleans player with area ties, Austin Rivers.
Thunder vs. Bulls (Nov. 8): Kevin Durant brings his 2012 Western Conference champion squad to the Windy City for the only time. It’s always wise to catch one of the NBA’s best whenever they come into your town.
Celtics vs. Bulls (Nov. 12): Any time Boston plays in Chicago, Bulls fans always show up amped and ready to boo loudly as well as cheer on the home team.
Clippers vs. Bulls (Nov. 17): Lob City comes to the Windy City. What’s not to love about that?
Sixers vs. Bulls (Dec. 1): It’s doubtful Chicago fans will be over what happened during Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs by the time December rolls around. So when these two teams meet up for the first time in seven months, expect the United Center to be red hot on a cold night.
Nets vs. Bulls (Dec. 16): Chicago gets its first look at former Illini standout Deron Williams and the new Brooklyn Nets.
Cavaliers vs. Bulls (Dec. 5): Kyrie Irving is one of the NBA’s best young point guards. After boldly challenging Kobe Bryant to a game of 1-on-1 this summer for $50,000, Bulls fans should definitely come out and see what this kid is all about.
Rockets vs. Bulls (Dec. 25): It’s been 15 years since the Bulls played at home on Christmas Day. And to make it even more special, Omer Asik will be wearing his new uniform for the first time against his old team.
Heat vs. Bulls (Jan. 4): LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh come to town. Enough said.
Lakers vs. Bulls (Jan. 21): Due to the shortened schedule last season, the Lakers didn’t play in Chicago. But whenever Kobe comes to town, fans come out in droves. And now that he has Steve Nash with him, expect it to be standing room only at the United Center.