Rose Return Intensifies Pacers-Bulls Rivalry
The significance of Saturday’s preseason opener between the Indiana Pacers and the Chicago Bulls isn’t lost on Frank Vogel.
“This might have more attention for a first preseason game than maybe any game in the history of the league,” Vogel joked after Friday’s practice. “With Danny Granger coming back and Derrick Rose’s return … It will be exciting, but it still is just the first preseason game.”
“I think Chicago will always be a rival,” Granger said. “When you go to the United Center, it’s crazy. They have a big home-court advantage there. They have a huge following, not only locally in Chicago, but nationally as well, and I think they’ll always be a rival to us.
Now that Rose is making his long-awaited return, the rivalry, which has been strong for several seasons, figures to become even bigger, especially given that both teams believe they have improved in the offseason.