The NBA wanted to put in place some strategies to avoid losing its fan base as the shortened season is about to begin. They promised "Big things are coming" and the first stop in that venture will begin Dec. 21.

The Chicago Bulls will "Paint the Town" by greeting fans at Northbrook Court. Players will meet fans, sign autographs and pose for photos to celebrate the upcoming 2011-12 season.

Last season, the Bulls "Painted the Town" at Water Tower Place prior to the Oct. 30 home opener.

The Bulls will be at Northbrook Court from 1p.m.-3p.m. They open the season in Los Angeles Dec. 25 and will bring the season home Jan. 1.