NBA schedule release week is upon the league. Typically, parts of the schedule gradually leak leading up to the full announcement. The first bit of information to surface involves the Christmas Day games. To much surprise, the Chicago Bulls have been left off the list again.
After the additions of Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan, Bulls' fans expected a Christmas Day slot in 2021. In the end, they were left with the league thinking Chicago was not good enough. Fast forward a year, and Bulls' fans felt a playoff appearance would have been deserving of a Christmas Day game. Especially since they are a bigger market team than all others on the slate aside from the Knicks, Lakers, and Warriors.
Bulls' TV color commentator Stacey King had a hilarious response to the matter.
Bulls' fans will have to wait another year for the NBA to gift them a spot on the Christmas Day national stage. Sure, Chicago will likely have several opportunities to play on national television this season, but there is just something special about playing on Christmas when everyone is glued to the TV.
One of the best Chicago Bulls memories from the previous era occurred on Christmas. Derrick Rose announced his rise with a game-winning floater over a cluster of Lakers.