The first game of the NBA regular season is always very exciting. The previous year's champions get their rings and their opponents try to do everything to ruin the party on their floor.
This year's season opener between reigning champs Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls should be even more exciting as there will be a lot of important moments on Tuesday evening.
First, there is a ceremony where the Heat will get their well-deserved rings and they will raise their second straight championship banner with LeBron James being in the centre of attention as reigning NBA regular season and Finals MVP.
Then we have the long-awaited return of Derrick Rose, who will play his first regular season game since April 26 2012. He did return to the floor earlier this month and had a great pre-season - averaging 20.7 points and five assists per game with Bulls going 8-0 - but we should be aware that this is the regular season now and his first match-up will be against the current best basketball player in the world.
But this game is bigger than just LeBron getting a second ring and Rose making an official return. The rivalry between the Heat and the Bulls has reached another level in the past few years and the players are aware of that.
Although it is going to be a clash of two rivals, we should be aware that it is just the first game of an 82-game season and both teams are still making some adjustments and are looking to build even stronger chemistry than they have now.
So, even though the game will show us whether the Bulls are ready to compete with Heat and if the champions are still hungry for more, we need to know accept that this game might not really show which team will be better at the end of the season.
We should also take under consideration that they might end up playing each other in the play-offs and that is when both teams will need to give even more.
However, whether they are playing in pre-season or the conference finals, games between the Bulls and the Heat are always great to watch, so we can just be excited that we will have a chance to watch so many great basketball players on the floor at the same time going head-to-head on Tuesday night.
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