The Bulls will open the season with a game against the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, Oct. 29 at the United Center. That game is expected to be carried nationally by TNT.
The Bulls certainly won't have time to ease into the season. After facing the improved Spurs -- who are expected to be the main competition for the Los Angeles Lakers out West -- in the opener, the Bulls travel to Boston on Friday, Oct. 30 to face the Celtics in a rematch of the exciting first-round series last spring. This Celtics team, though, will have a different look with the return of Kevin Garnett and the addition of Rasheed Wallace.
The Bulls also have an early visit to Cleveland on Thursday, Nov. 5 for a matchup with LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal of the Cavaliers.
The Bulls begin their annual "circus trip" Tuesday, Nov. 17 at Sacramento, which should enable them to start off the road swing with a win against the awful Kings. The trip continues with games against the Lakers (Nov. 19), the Denver Nuggets (Nov. 21), the Portland Trail Blazers (Nov. 23) and the Utah Jazz (Nov. 26). The Bulls then get to come home for a few days before the road swing concludes on Monday, Nov. 30 with a quick trip to Milwaukee for a game with the Bucks.
Ben Gordon, who signed with the Detroit Pistons this summer, makes his return to the United Center on Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Other highlights on the home schedule include the champion Lakers on Dec. 15, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat on Feb. 6 and Mar. 25 and the Cavaliers on Mar. 19.
One significant change this season is Bulls home games at the UC will begin at 7 p.m. instead of 7:30.
Individual tickets to all home games will go on sale on Friday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m.