The NBA will release its 2012-2013 schedule on Thursday. Will Derrick Rose's knee injury keep the Bulls off the league's many nationally televised broadcasts?
Yes, the 2012-2013 Chicago Bulls season will still go on, even without Derrick Rose on the court until the winter weather breaks next spring.
The NBA on Thursday will unveil schedules for all 30 NBA teams at 6 p.m. on NBA TV during a one-hour special. It’s likely D. Rose’s knee injury will keep the Bulls off of the NBA’s nationally televised marquee matchups for the upcoming season.
During last year’s 66-game condensed schedule, the Bulls were featured in 48 nationally televised games, mostly on the strength of Derrick Rose winning MVP and the Bulls finishing with the best record in the NBA during the 2010-2011 season.
Fans may be upset with the Bulls' recent roster overhaul and may be less inclined to watch as closely as they have over the last two seasons, but the team as presently constructed shouldn’t be as bad as most expect.
While they’re certainly not a championship-caliber squad by any stretch, Tom Thibodeau is sure to have this team ready to perform at a high level every single night.
That’s more than reason enough to pay attention.