Several sad months of no NBA are still ahead of us, but at least we have a start date to circle on our calendars!
The Chicago Bulls just released their preseason schedule, which tips-off on October 7th at United Center. Finally, we’ll be able to get a nice long look at Coby White in a red Bulls jersey! (Luis: It’s still weird to me that the home jerseys are no longer white.)
Here is the full preseason slate:
- Oct. 7: vs. Milwaukee Bucks – 7:00 p.m. CT
- Oct. 9: vs. New Orleans Pelicans – 7:00 p.m. CT
- Oct. 11: @ Indiana Pacers – 7:00 p.m. CT
- Oct. 13: @ Toronto Raptors – 6:00 p.m. CT
- Oct. 17: vs. Atlanta Hawks – 7:00 p.m. CT
I know we are dealing with just the preseason, but that’s a really exciting five-game stretch for the Bulls. Matchups against the Pelicans and Hawks at home should provide a great look at fresh, young NBA talent (Zion Williamson, Jaxson Hayes, Trae Young, Cam Reddish, DeAndre Hunter … shall I go on!?). It’ll probably be worth trying to get over to the United Center for those two games, even if minutes could be limited for some of the more higher-profile young talents on opposing teams.
Unlike the Summer League, we should be seeing most of the Bulls players take the court during the preseason. And once that happens, we will finally have a better idea of how some of these rotations might look. Summer workouts and training camps can oftentimes be nebulous because roles are often undefined at that point of the year, so these upcoming preseason games should help give us a real look at how rookies like White and Daniel Gafford have come along.
I’ll probably be most excited to see the scheme Chicago decides to run. Everything needs adjustments at the beginning of a new season, but the system run on the court in the preseason will most likely be indicative of what we’ll get when the regular season starts up. I expect a pretty different look from last year; one with a lot of ball movement (shoutout lead assistant coach Chris Fleming) and quick work in transition. Modern basketball! Woo-hoo!!
Preseason isn’t ever truly that exciting, but the Bulls have plenty of intriguing questions that will begin to be answered during these five games.