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Report: Heat to open 2013-14 season against the Bulls, face Lakers on the road Christmas Day


The regular season schedule for the 2013-14 NBA season is expected to be released in its entirety next week, but since preliminary versions get sent out to the league’s broadcast partners in advance, we always seem to get word of some of the marquee matchups before everything is finalized.

This year is no different, as we appear to have been tipped off of two of the defending champion Miami Heat’s more interesting dates on the calendar.

From Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

According to the preliminary schedule, which is subject to revision, the Heat will open their second consecutive championship defense on Tuesday Oct. 29 at AmericanAirlines Arena against the Bulls.

According to the all-but-finalized draft of the 2013-14 NBA schedule, the Sun Sentinel also has learned that the Heat will visit Staples Center on Dec. 25 to face the Los Angeles Lakers.

That opening night game is going to be a monster.

In addition to seeing the Heat drop a banner and get their championship rings, we’ll also get to see them face a Bulls team featuring Derrick Rose playing in a game that counts for the first time in 18 months.

Rose was rumored to return at multiple stages throughout last season, including as late as the second round of the playoffs at home against the Miami Heat. But it never came to pass. He now appears to be on track to participate in a full training camp and preseason, and should be 100 percent ready for that late October date with the champs.

As for Christmas Day, it appears to be a little bit less intriguing on the surface.

The Lakers aren’t expected to compete at the Heat’s level this season, and may even be without Kobe Bryant for this matchup due to his continuing rehabilitation from a torn Achilles he suffered near the end of last season.

Bryant will of course push to be back on the court as soon as possible, and an opening night return isn’t out of the question.

If he’s back, any game featuring LeBron James and Kobe Bryant will be one that casual fans tune in to watch in huge numbers, no matter how far the Lakers slide in the standings. And that makes the league’s decision to put this matchup on the Christmas Day slate completely understandable.

Knicks’ legend Harry Gallatin passes away at age 88

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The Hall of Fame player behind the original iron man streak is with us no more.

Knicks’ legend Harry Gallatin passes away at age 88, the team confirmed Wednesday.

Gallatin led the Knicks of the late 1940s and into the 1950s, when he set a then record playing in 610 consecutive games. Nicknamed “The Horse,” he was a beast on the boards who averaged 15.3 rebounds a game one season and averaged 11.9 boards and 13 points per game over the course of his 10-year career. He’s still fourth all time in total rebounds in Knicks franchise history.

Gallatin was a seven-time All-Star and twice All-NBA selection. After his playing days, he spent many years as the athletic director at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Rumor: Jimmy Butler doesn’t like Derrick Rose’s work ethic

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Are you having fun yet, Fred Hoiberg?

The Bulls have the potential to be the second-best team in the East and the biggest threat in that conference to Cleveland, but they are going to have to stay healthy and avoid distractions.

However, distractions find the Bulls.

The latest comes from a report by Joe Crowley in the Chicago Sun-Times, another in the line of reports of tension between Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose.

It was provided Wednesday, as a former member of the Bulls said in a phone interview, “Personally, the two are great. Professionally is where they have a difference of opinion.’’

According to the source, Butler considers Rose a friend, but “doesn’t have a lot of respect for his work ethic.’’ In Butler’s mind, Rose was considered the face of the franchise, and if the face of the franchise wasn’t busting his butt in practice every day, especially last season, what was the message to the rest of the team?


Expect the denials in 3..2..1…

As noted before, this is far from the first time a report of tension between Butler and Rose has surfaced. And as they have before, both men will deny any issues. But this is a lot of smoke for no fire (especially since this report is based on the comments of a former Bulls player).

The Bulls may be transitioning from Rose’s team to Butler’s team — unless Rose has a comeback this year to 80 percent or more of his MVP year — and those do not always go smoothly. There are egos on the line, agents and others whispering in the players’ ears, and all of it can just build into a massive storm. Hoiberg has praised Butler’s work ethic during camp, and Butler has talked openly of trying to be more of a leader now that he has a five-year. $95 million contract in his back pocket, all of which may be fuel on the fire.

If there are issues, it falls to Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah to shut it down early and make sure it doesn’t infect the team as a whole.