Bulls take on Carmelo, Knicks on CSN

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Bulls take on Carmelo, Knicks on CSN

The first time the Bulls and Knicks met this season, Chicago ended New York's five-game winning streak. The second matchup between the two East contenders saw four ejections -- including Joakim Noah -- in another Bulls win. What will matchup No. 3 bring? Find out tonight by tuning into Comcast SportsNet for the home call with Funk and Stacey. Coverage begins at 6:30 as Mark Schanowski and Kendall Gill bring you Bulls Pregame Live. Then Join Neil and Stacey on Comcast SportsNet, the only place to hear the Bulls home call tonight.
The Knicks have been in the headlines seemingly all season. First it was how they would share the city with the newly relocated Brooklyn Nets; then the Knicks, behind MVP frontrunner Carmelo Anthony, began the year 6-0, and won their first 10 home games; After being blown out by former point guard Jeremy Lin and the Rockets, the Knicks have now lost seven of 12 to lose their hold on first place in the East (Miami).
And everything came to a boil when Anthony confronted Boston's Kevin Garnett, who apparently had some choice words about Anthony's wife. The Knicks' star waited for Garnett outside the Celtics' locker room, and went as far as standing outside the Celtics' team bus well after the game was over.
Anthony was suspended one game for his actions -- a game the Knicks lost, 81-76, at Indiana on Thursday -- marking the seventh game he's missed this season. But if his trends this season are accurate, the Bulls may be defending against a big scoring night from Anthony -- he has returned from a missed game three times this season, averaging 36.6 points on 51.4 percent shooting in those returns.
Anthony averages almost two points per game more in Knicks' losses (30.4) than in wins (28.5), but he's still the one player the Bulls can't allow to go off. He's going to get his 23-25 points no matter what -- he has scored fewer than 23 points in just three games. But if Luol Deng can reel Anthony in like he did in the second meeting (when Anthony had 29 points but on 10-of-25 shooting) the Bulls should be in good shape.
One of the candidates for MVP, Anthony is rested, motivated and desperately needs to get his team a win. He'll face a Bulls' defense also hungry to bounce back after allowing 54 second half points to the Bucks in a 104-96 loss at home. Something's got to give between these two contenders, so tune into Comcast SportsNet to see who prevails tonight in New York City.

Wake-up Call: Rose returning to Chicago?; Willson Contreras takes over; State of Cubs-Cards

Wake-up Call: Rose returning to Chicago?; Willson Contreras takes over; State of Cubs-Cards

Here are the top Chicago sports stories from Thursday: 

Is #TheReturn getting a reboot? Report says there's a possibility Derrick Rose comes back to Bulls

This is becoming Willson Contreras' team, whether or not Cubs add Alex Avila or another veteran catcher

Bears training camp preview: 3 burning questions for tight ends

Why Blackhawks fans might want to tap the brakes on Alex DeBrincat

That escalated quickly: Cubs just a game back of Brewers, could be in first place as soon as this weekend

Ping-pong balls everywhere: Where do the Bulls rank among projected lottery teams?

Joe Maddon's prime-time message: 'Help or die'

Report: Derrick Rose is considering teaming up with LeBron James, Cavs

Cubs Talk Podcast: State of Cubs-Cardinals rivalry and what lies ahead

Why Adam Engel came up with his unique batting stance, and how he's tweaked it since

Playing with the enemy: Chicago athletes who teamed up with rivals

Playing with the enemy: Chicago athletes who teamed up with rivals

Chicago's chosen son may soon play with the enemy. 

According to reports on Thursday, Derrick Rose is in talks to join LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year deal. 

That is indeed hard to imagine, considering the former MVP has spent years battling James for supremacy in the Eastern Conference. But leaving the Windy City to join a rival team isn't a new concept. 

In fact, a few Chicago superstar athletes have done it before: 

-- Chris Chelios, Blackhawks to Red Wings

One of the best defenseman in hockey, Chelios was traded to the Detroit Red Wings after nine productive seasons in Chicago. He hoisted a Stanley Cup not long after and finished his 10-year Red Wings career with 152 points and a plus-158. 

-- Julius Peppers, Bears to Packers

After becoming a cap casualty with the Bears, Peppers chose greener pastures in Wisconsin. The defensive end signed with the Green Bay Packers, where he's tallied 25 sacks in three seasons. 

-- Dexter Fowler, Cubs to Cardinals

Well, at least he won a ring here. Fowler's surprise return to the North Side in 2016 helped boost the Cubs to their first World Series trophy in 108 years, but after winning, the center fielder rightly opted for the money. He signed a five-year, $82.5 million deal in St. Louis last offseason. 

Watch the video above as Siera Santos and Kelly Crull relive the heartbreak.