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Bulls 2012-13 schedule released

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Bulls 2012-13 schedule released

The NBA announced the complete 2012-13 season this evening. For the Bulls' complete 2012-2013 schedule, click here.
Here are the 10 most intriguing match-ups for the Bulls this season:
Sat., Nov. 3: Bulls vs. New Orleans Hornets: No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis will make his homecoming three games into his NBA career, and the new-look Hornets -- complete with Davis, Austin Rivers and a healthy Eric Gordon -- will look much different than their 21-45 record a year ago.
Wed., Nov. 21: Bulls at Houston Rockets: The biggest decision the Bulls made in free agency was not to bring back center Omer Asik. Instead, he signed a three-year deal with the Rockets and will face his old team early in the year. Both teams will be out to prove they made the right decision.
Wed., Dec. 12: Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers: The spot where their season ended three months ago, the Bulls will certainly be looking for revenge when they face the 76ers. After losing leading scorer Lou Williams, the Sixers went and brought in sharpshooters Nick Young and Dorrell Wright.
Sat., Dec. 15: Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets: It didn't take long for C.J. Watson to ruffle feathers once he signed on with the Nets. The veteran said new teammate Deron Williams, not old teammate Derrick Rose, was the league's best point guard. Whether Watson had a case or not, he should receive a loud chorus of boos as he enters the United Center.
Tues., Dec. 25: Bulls vs. Houston Rockets: Asik's homecoming, but more importantly the Bulls will play on Christmas Day for the third straight year. For the first time in that span, the game will be played in Chicago (at New York, at Los Angeles).
Mon., Jan. 14: Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks: If Watson is set to be booed in his return to the United Center, Kyle Korver should receive just as loud a cheer. Korver's 5 million player option was not picked up this off-season, and was traded to the Hawks for a trade exception. This will also be the first meeting between brothers Jeff and Marquis Teague, as well as Kirk Hinrich facing his old team.
Mon., Jan. 21: Bulls vs. Los Angeles Lakers: The Bulls will welcome Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant to the United Center for the first time. Perhaps the biggest off-season acquisition, the combination of Nash, Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum should make for an exciting matchup against the Bulls.
Friday, Jan. 25: Bulls vs. Golden State Warriors: The off-season rumor that the Bulls were attempting to trade Luol Deng to the Warriors in order to move up to draft Harrison Barnes never came to fruition, but the Warriors ironically ended up drafting the North Carolina sophomore. The Bulls will get their first look at what could have been with the 21-year-old Barnes.
March 27 and April 14: Bulls vs. Miami Heat: The Bulls will face the NBA Champions twice before these last two meetings (Jan. 4, Feb. 21), but these are significant because there's a chance Derrick Rose is back for them. The final meeting is the third-to-last game of the regular season, and both teams could be fighting for respective playoff position.
Sun., Feb. 24: Bulls at Oklahoma City Thunder: The Bulls visit the Western Conference champion Thunder on this date in what should be one of the more challenging games of their season.dstb()

Seven years ago today LeBron James slammed the Bulls' championship window shut

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Seven years ago today LeBron James slammed the Bulls' championship window shut

The Bulls couldn't have known it at the time, but when LeBron James blocked a Derrick Rose 3-point attempt in the final seconds of Game 5 in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, it was the closest those Bulls would ever get to the promised land.

It happened on May 26, 2011, seven long, long, long years ago today.

The game was an ugly one and certainly a fourth quarter the Bulls would love to have back. They took a 12-point lead on a Ronnie Brewer 3-pointer with 3:53 remaining. The Heat closed the game on a 19-4 run, with James' emphatic block on Rose the lasting image of the series.

James finished with a game-high 28 points and 11 rebounds, and added six assists, three steals and two blocks in 46 minutes.

Rose went just 9-for-29, finishing the series shooting 35 percent from the field after being named league MVP over James.

It's probably unfair to say James and James alone shut the Bulls' championship window. Rose's ACL tear the following postseason realistically was the biggest culprit. But these Bulls had won 62 games, had homecourt advantage, had the MVP, the Coach of the Year and all the momentum. And still they couldn't get it done against James.

That win also sent James to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2007. He's been there every year since, though that could change as he faces the Celtics on Sunday in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Anyone who lived through the Michael Jordan Bulls remembers those games when he was putting up tons of points, but the Bulls were still struggling overall.

Steve Kerr referenced one of those games to give advice to Kevin Durant during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The TNT broadcast caught the conversation and aired it late in the third quarter.

"When MJ was with the Bulls, we had a playoff game," Kerr began the story. "He kept trying to score and he was scoring, but we weren't getting anything going. Phil Jackson said 'Who's open?' He said, 'John Paxson.'"

Paxson scored 10 of 12 points for the Bulls during a fourth quarter run in Game 5 of the 1991 NBA Finals, the series clincher, and famously hit the game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals to clinch that series. Kerr, who later hit his own championship-winning shot on an assist from Jordan in 1997, was trying to get to get his teammates involved.

"I want to trust your teammates early," Kerr said. "What you're doing is you're getting to the rim and then you're trying to hit him. I want you to trust the first guy and then move. Still attack, still look to score, but trust these guys, OK?"

Watch the video above to see the interaction.

Durant scored 29 points in Game 5 to lead the Warriors, but Houston took a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 win.