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Where: Madison Square Garden, New York.
When: Thursday October 30, 00:00
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The Chicago Bulls get their season started at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night when they take on Eastern Conference rivals, the New York Knicks.
Expectations are as high as ever in the Windy City with point guard Derrick Rose proving through the FIBA World Cup and in pre-season that he is ready to make a sustained comeback from injury.
The 26-year-old has been plagued by injuries over the past two seasons, but he has looked back to his explosive best at times while his shooting rhythm is slowly coming into play.
With the likes of Pau Gasol, Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott being added to the roster, the Bulls finally have the offensive power to complement their defensive prowess. As a result, they are expected to challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers in the East, and it all gets underway on Wednesday.
Awaiting them at the Garden will be Carmelo Anthony, who opted to re-sign with the Knicks despite visiting the Bulls over the summer in free agency. He insists that he will not consider what could have been when he lines up against Chicago, but it is expected that the Knicks will take time to click into gear.
With team president Phil Jackson appointing Derek Fisher as coach in the off-season, the Knicks are set to introduce the triangle offense, but the likes of JR Smith have conceded that it is taking time to adjust.
As a result, the Bulls will be confident of rolling out of the Big Apple with a 1 in the win column, and they will hope that Rose is at the forefront of their play as he looks to turn them into a genuine contender this year.