Derrick Rose return to highlight NBA 2013-14 opening night

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RETURNING TO THE COURT. In this file photo, Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls laughs while warming up prior to the game against the Boston Celtics on January 16, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images/AFP

NEW YORK CITY, USA – The return of Chicago star Derrick Rose will highlight the opening night of the NBA 2013-2014 season, with the Bulls taking on the champion Miami Heat on October 29.

It’s one of three games on the slate for the league’s opening night, according to the full regular-season schedule unveiled on Tuesday, August 6.

Rose missed the entire 2012-13 campaign while recovering from knee surgery and was on the sideline when the Heat eliminated the Bulls in the second round of the playoffs en route to their second straight title.

The Indiana Pacers will host the Orlando Magic on the opening night undercard, and the third game will be a Los Angeles derby between the Lakers and Clippers.

This year marks the first time the NBA will stage regular-season games in two countries outside of the United States and Canada in the same season.

The San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves will face off in Mexico City on December 4, and the Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks will play in London on January 16.

The schedule of 82 games per team sees five contests on Christmas Day, with the Bulls playing against new-look Brooklyn. The Nets have revamped their roster with title-proven veterans Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry, and hired Jason Kidd as head coach just days after the 40-year-old point guard called time on his playing career.

The Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks meet at Madison Square Garden, the Heat visit the Lakers, the Houston Rockets visit defending Western Conference champions San Antonio and the Clippers visit Golden State Warriors on Christmas.

In other notable match-ups, long-time Celtics Pierce and Garnett return to Boston as Nets on January 26.

The Heat and Pacers, who staged an epic seven-game Eastern Conference Finals series in 2013, will square off on December 18 in Miami and on March 26 in Indianapolis. –

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