Try to Top This Chicago Bulls Home Opener

It Doesn’t Get Much Better than a Bulls Home Opener. It was not the most impressive technical game of basketball, but the Bulls home opener ended in an 82-81 Chicago win and was an insane fan experience. Here’s my laundry list of why it was awesome:

The Bulls intro is bar none the best in the league. To top it off on THIS night, it was Derrick Rose’s official return to the NBA. All the announcer had to say was, “FROM MEMPHIS…” and then everyone in the UC lost their minds.

Then we ran into so many people from the exceptional community of Elk Grove:

EG at UC

These Victorian Gentlemen were court-side cheering on their Bulls entertaining us the entire game. 

Victorians

Mr. Clutch is Back! Tyson Chandler missed one of his free throws, the Bulls called a time out, Derrick Rose got the ball with 10 seconds left and BOOM floater sunk (pretty positive he didn’t even see the rim). The CROWD WENT WILD.

DRose Clutch

Then Noah got on the microphone and said “I missed this sh*t. I MISSED this sh*t. Woo, I love it,” and it just sealed the entire fan experience.

Oh, and then my best friends and I had a photo shoot on the Bull.

friends

And one with Manny of course…

manny

Happiest of Halloweens for this Bulls fan!

Old-School NBA Rivalry: Bulls vs Knicks Cheat Sheet

It’s time to add a little fuel to the fire in one of the NBA’s oldest rivalries as the Bulls head to New York to face the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks are looking to avenge a loss suffered to Chicago earlier in December, but this time they won’t be missing their main man Carmelo Anthony. With Melo on the court, New York has a definite advantage, but you can’t count the Bulls out as they’ve been able to compete with the elite despite being shorthanded.

New York is still leadin

g the Eastern Conference at 19-6 and have continued to prove themselves worthy of their new-found success throughout this season. Chicago is leading the Central Division in the East at 14-10 and have played much better than anticipated thus far as they are missing super-star Derrick Rose. Bring on the Big Apple!

Check out my full recap at http://www.SportsDivasInc.com

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USA Basketball Roster Announced: Is it the Next Dream Team?

USA! USA! Get ready to get your Olympian on friends. The 2012 London Olympics are sneaking up on us and it’s right around the corner. The U.S. Olympic basketball team announced it’s final roster Saturday and boy is it jam-packed with superstars. Will we see a repeat gold medal performance like the 2008 games in Beijing?

Drumroll please…here is your 2012 Team USA Basketball roster: Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks); Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers); Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks);Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers); James Harden (Oklahoma City Thunder); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers); LeBron James (Miami Heat); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers); Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder); and Deron Williams (Brooklyn Nets).

There is some serious talent on this Olympic team (as would be expected). Ten of the players were NBA All-Stars and six have appeared at least once in the NBA Finals. They have the reigning NBA MVP (James), Defensive Player of the Year (Chandler) and Sixth Man of the Year (Harden). Anthony, Bryant, James, Paul and Williams are the Olympic veterans on the team.

If you’re a basketball lover, you might have noticed some missing NBA All-Stars. Derrick Rose (ACL), Dwight Howard (back), Dwyane Wade (knee) and Chris Bosh (abdomen) all would have most likely made the cut, but they’re all “rehabilitating” their injuries. Rose and Howard actually had surgeries to rehabilitate. Then there are my favorite Miami Heat players; Wade should suck it up because he might be too old after 4 more years to top the list of “elitest” players in the NBA and Bosh – I just don’t think they let dinosaurs in the Olympics.

Team USA will be coached by Duke University Hall of Fame mentor Mike Krzyzewski, who led the USA Basketball Men’s National Team to gold medal finishes at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Assisting Krzyzewski is Syracuse University and Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, and former NBA head coaches Mike D’Antoni and Nate McMillan.

There are some other familiar faces heading to London, but not representing the U.S. The list includes: Luol Deng, who will be playing for Great Britain, Marc Gasol, Paul Gasol and Serge Ibaka will all be playing for Team Spain.

Lucky for Bron Bron, he still gets to be “White Hot” in the new Nike Team USA uniforms. Bring home the gold medal gentlemen!