Emotional and skillful center Joakim Noah is healthy, confident and leading the Chicago Bulls to unexpected heights
One could see some of the old Derrick Rose and Chicago Bulls on opening night, but they have much to learn if they are to knock off the Miami Heat come the postseason.
Some 76ers who viewed the Bulls as an easier first-round opponent may learn a hard lesson.
Losses to the Wizards and Heat put the Bulls in danger of losing the No. 1 seed.
The NBA's bywords in this compacted season? Misery and pain. D-Wade, D-Rose, Kobe, 'Melo, Nash . . . How teams deal with injuries right now could decide who's playing in June.
The NBA season will be fast, furious and frenetic. (Beautiful? Maybe not so much.) And as it opens, the spotlight shines on LeBron James (doesn't it always?) and the Heat. Again.
The NBA will finally open, two months later than usual, to which we say: Season's Greetings! Christmas Day is the right time to tip off the season.
On the eve of the Finals, the numbers don't lie: LeBron's much-maligned "Decision" to take his talents to South Beach gave the NBA an extraordinary boost.