Bulls 2012-13 schedule released


Bulls 2012-13 schedule released

The NBA announced the complete 2012-13 season this evening. For the Bulls' complete 2012-2013 schedule, click here.
Here are the 10 most intriguing match-ups for the Bulls this season:
Sat., Nov. 3: Bulls vs. New Orleans Hornets: No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis will make his homecoming three games into his NBA career, and the new-look Hornets -- complete with Davis, Austin Rivers and a healthy Eric Gordon -- will look much different than their 21-45 record a year ago.
Wed., Nov. 21: Bulls at Houston Rockets: The biggest decision the Bulls made in free agency was not to bring back center Omer Asik. Instead, he signed a three-year deal with the Rockets and will face his old team early in the year. Both teams will be out to prove they made the right decision.
Wed., Dec. 12: Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers: The spot where their season ended three months ago, the Bulls will certainly be looking for revenge when they face the 76ers. After losing leading scorer Lou Williams, the Sixers went and brought in sharpshooters Nick Young and Dorrell Wright.
Sat., Dec. 15: Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets: It didn't take long for C.J. Watson to ruffle feathers once he signed on with the Nets. The veteran said new teammate Deron Williams, not old teammate Derrick Rose, was the league's best point guard. Whether Watson had a case or not, he should receive a loud chorus of boos as he enters the United Center.
Tues., Dec. 25: Bulls vs. Houston Rockets: Asik's homecoming, but more importantly the Bulls will play on Christmas Day for the third straight year. For the first time in that span, the game will be played in Chicago (at New York, at Los Angeles).
Mon., Jan. 14: Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks: If Watson is set to be booed in his return to the United Center, Kyle Korver should receive just as loud a cheer. Korver's 5 million player option was not picked up this off-season, and was traded to the Hawks for a trade exception. This will also be the first meeting between brothers Jeff and Marquis Teague, as well as Kirk Hinrich facing his old team.
Mon., Jan. 21: Bulls vs. Los Angeles Lakers: The Bulls will welcome Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant to the United Center for the first time. Perhaps the biggest off-season acquisition, the combination of Nash, Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum should make for an exciting matchup against the Bulls.
Friday, Jan. 25: Bulls vs. Golden State Warriors: The off-season rumor that the Bulls were attempting to trade Luol Deng to the Warriors in order to move up to draft Harrison Barnes never came to fruition, but the Warriors ironically ended up drafting the North Carolina sophomore. The Bulls will get their first look at what could have been with the 21-year-old Barnes.
March 27 and April 14: Bulls vs. Miami Heat: The Bulls will face the NBA Champions twice before these last two meetings (Jan. 4, Feb. 21), but these are significant because there's a chance Derrick Rose is back for them. The final meeting is the third-to-last game of the regular season, and both teams could be fighting for respective playoff position.
Sun., Feb. 24: Bulls at Oklahoma City Thunder: The Bulls visit the Western Conference champion Thunder on this date in what should be one of the more challenging games of their season.dstb()

How many more championships does LeBron James have to win to be in the conversation with Michael Jordan?

How many more championships does LeBron James have to win to be in the conversation with Michael Jordan?

LeBron James has made a ridiculous seven straight NBA Finals, putting him (again) at the center of the 'Greatest Player of All-Time' debate. 

Ahead of his third straight championship series against the Golden State Warriors, James discussed how his streak will shape his place among the greats.  

"I think it's gonna be great for my legacy," James said to reporters. "Once I'm done playing the game, when we look back on the game, and we say, 'Oh, this guy went to three straight finals, four straight finals, five, six, whatever, seven.' I think it's great to be talked about, to see what I've been able to accomplish as an individual. You talk about longevity and being able to just play at a high level for a long period of time, and I've been fortunate enough to be able to do that." 

The SportsTalk Live panel discussed his comments and debated how many more rings The King would need to be in the conversation with Michael Jordan. 

Here's what each had to say: 

CSN's Mark Schanowski

"He would have to win three to reach Jordan's six just to be in the conversation. All those losses in the finals are obviously going to have an impact, so we'll give LeBron the sportsmanship ribbon. Michael just collects rings." 

WGN Radio's Mark Carman

"I would say 100. I'm not giving that up ever. Yes, I am extremely biased. But listen, this is an incredible opportunity for him. You've got a phenomenal Warriors team. You've got, for whatever reason, Las Vegas is making Cleveland a huge underdog. This is a great chance for him" 

Bleacher Report's Seth Gruen 

"To me, it's not a number. To me, he's gotta stop talking like that because that's loser talk. And I don't mean to come off with this sort of meatballish take, but the reality is you would have never heard Michael Jordan say that. And that's why Lebron gets so much flack in the conversation comparing the two because he's in the business of raising trophies, not second place." 

Chicago Tribune's Chris Hine 

"I think when it comes to Jordan, as somebody who didn't grow up in Chicago, I want him to get closer to six titles because I wanna see this town explode over the debate between LeBron and Jordan. I think to have a legitimate case, though, and to at least put it in people's mind that he's better than Jordan, he's got to at least get to six."  

Could Derrick Rose reunite with Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota?

Could Derrick Rose reunite with Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota?

Tom Thibodeau was without Derrick Rose for the first time in his head-coaching career last season, coaching the Timberwolves while Rose suited up for the New York Knicks.

But a reunion may be on the horizon. Rose is an unrestricted free agent and the Timberwolves, though they don't have a real need at point guard, are showing interest in the Chicago native. We'll have to wait until July 1, when free agency begins, to see what happens.

See what special guest Nick Friedell, Bulls beat reporter for ESPN, had to say about the topic on SportsTalk Live in the video above.