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Updated: August 6, 2013 7:26PM



Derrick Rose has promised that he would be ready for Opening Night of the 2013-14 NBA campaign, and the league has scheduled the Bulls and their point guard like a primetime team, giving them center stage on Oct. 29 in Miami, when the curtain is pulled back on the new season.

Rose, who figures to be playing his first game since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee back in the opening game of the 2012 playoffs, will have that injury tested right away, not only watching the Heat unveil their second-consecutive championship banner, but also sharing the same court as the four-time MVP LeBron James.

“What the summer has done is it’s given him more time to build confidence and strength in his leg,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said of Rose last month. “He looks great. He’s feeling as well as he has in a long, long time. His entire body is a lot stronger. He’s put a lot of work into his shooting. We’re excited. I wish we were getting started tomorrow.”

The game against the Heat will be the first time the Bulls have opened the season against the defending champions since the 2006-07 season, in which they also played in Miami, winning that game 108-66.

As far as the home crowd getting their first look at Rose in a regular-season game, that will come on Halloween night, with the Bulls hosting the New York Knicks.

The primetime scheduling will continue with the Bulls playing on Christmas, facing off in Brooklyn against the new-look Nets.

It will be the fourth-consecutive season in which the Bulls have played on Christmas Day, with this season’s being the first of five games that day, aired nationally on ESPN at 11 a.m.

The Bulls eliminated Brooklyn from the postseason last year, winning Game 7 in Brooklyn, leading to the Nets making wholesale changes.

The Bulls are scheduled to appear on national television 33 times, with five games on ABC, nine on TNT, 10 games on ESPN and nine more on NBA TV.

For season tickets and groups, call (312) 455-4000. Single game tickets will go on sale at noon Friday, Oct. 4, at Bulls.com, NBATickets.com or (800) 4NBA-TIX.

jcowley@suntimes.com



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