7 p.m. NBC Sports Chicago
No Chicago baseball anymore so it’s officially Bulls season in this city?
It’s also Jabari Parker’s homecoming tonight. Kind of. It’s his first game back in Milwaukee, a city where he spent the first four years of his career, but it’s the preseason so does the homecoming really count?
Last season, I was covering my first DePaul Blue Demons game and it happened to be at Wintrust Arena which was brand new last season. It was an exhibition game against Saginaw Valley State Technical Institute Junior College Preparatory School (I made this up), yet I still proceeded to ask one of the players after the game how it felt to score the first-ever basket at Wintrust. The next week in the regular season opener when they played Notre Dame, it was actually a big deal who scored the first basket in the new arena (Devin Gage), so I felt like an idiot for making a big deal about it during the exhibition game.
Basically what I’m saying is things that happen in the preseason don’t count including homecomings and monumental baskets.
“[I made] some great memories being there, some great experiences, met some great people,” Parker said before Tuesday’s practice in the Advocate Center. “Pretty much bitter how it all ended, but most importantly, I had a sweeter moment being here. So that kind of like, I forgot all the bad memories I had with them.”
“I wasn’t planning on leaving so soon, especially like being there four years,” Parker said. “I love that group and all the training staff, medical staff. It just made it home. Every moment that I had, really involved in the community, was always out. But they went in a different direction, which I understand.”
Also, who the heck cares that the Bulls scored 128 points in their first preseason game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Half the NBA teams don’t give a crap about half the games in the regular season, what then makes you think anybody cares about the preseason?
Substantive analysis should wait until the regular season begins and the preseason can provide us interim entertainment until the next Chicago Bears game on Sunday. So watch tonight because it’s basketball and basketball is fun, but don’t read too much into anything that happens.