Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/28/13
The Bulls aren’t certain what they’ll be doing when the Miami Heat receive their championship rings and raise their 2013 title banner before Tuesday’s NBA season opener between the Bulls and Heat. Though it would be hardly surprising if there’s some Black Eyed Peas lyrics making the rounds: “Let’s get it started in here; Let’s get it started in here.” “It’s tough,” said Luol Deng of the general plan of the Bulls will return to their locker room after warmups to sit through the pregame activities. “You’ve got to go through the whole ceremony. It’s a great day for them. The fans are alive, the fans are excited. Mentally, you’ve just got to be ready. It takes forever for the game to start. You’ve just got to stay ready and stay locked in. I think you just have to find ways to stay loose. You don’t find yourself in that situation much. You get a few minutes to warm up when you come back. You’ve got to do a good job staying with your routine.” Though it’s been just a month of preseason, it feels like more with the travel to South America, the anticipation and excitement of Derrick Rose’s return and the return to injuries with Joakim Noah and Kirk Hinrich. And though Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau declined to disclose after Monday’s practice the plans for Noah and Hinrich, Deng acknowledged both were playing and Noah was starting. And so it was time to really get it started as the team lifted off for 80-degree Miami with only their own icy cold stare. “I think we’re all excited everyone is healthy,” said Deng. “To have our first five out there and get going.” It’s basically something the Bulls haven’t seen since Rose’s injury 18 months ago. And with a nice bonus of Jimmy Butler at shooting guard to provide a young, aggressive athlete to enhance the defense and provide additional offense. The Bulls aren’t a bombastic group, but you sense a quiet excitement about putting this group to the test, as complete a starting five as they’ve had in some time. It’s dramatic to begin with Miami, and the national media is out in force with the most national reporters the Bulls have seen in a regular season game in more than a decade.
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