Bulls open vs. Knicks, host LeBron's Cavs on Halloween

 

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The Bulls won't have to wait long to try to show Carmelo Anthony what he missed joining.

The NBA released the 2014-15 schedule Wednesday evening and the Bulls, who aggressively pursued Anthony in free agency, open Oct. 29 against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

The home opener is Oct. 31 against LeBron James and the Cavaliers, who are expected to add Kevin Love via trade once No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins is eligible to be traded to the Timberwolves.

Last month, Joakim Noah expressed happiness for James' stunning decision to return to his homestate Cavaliers before slyly adding: "But I really hope that we can kick his ass as many times as possible."

For the fifth straight year, the Bulls play a Christmas Day game. This time, it's against the Lakers, the former team of Pau Gasol, the free-agency target they turned to after Anthony spurned them. That game also marks the return to the United Center of Carlos Boozer, whom the Lakers signed after the Bulls let him go.

Luol Deng's first return to the United Center since his January 2014 trade to the Cavs will be Jan. 25, 2015, with the Heat, whom he signed with as a free agent.

In all, the Bulls will play 20 sets of back-to-back games. The NBA extended the All-Star break for all teams with the Bulls idle between a Feb. 12 home game against the Cavaliers and a Feb. 20 road game at the Pistons.

As usual, the Bulls will vacate the United Center for extended trips early in the season for the circus and in late January and early February for the ice show. The first begins Nov. 17 at the Clippers and is seven games, though the Bulls will spend Thanksgiving at home as the trip moves from West to East. The second is six games, beginning Jan. 27 at the Warriors.

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