Bulls 2022-23 schedule released, and it all starts on South Beach

The Bulls have shown that they’re still not Christmas Day-worthy in the eyes of the NBA schedule makers, but that doesn’t mean they won’t see more of a national stage during the 2022-23 campaign.

With the league releasing the regular-season schedule on Wednesday, ending a playoff drought of four years earned coach Billy Donovan and his squad 14 nationally televised games.

Maybe not a great bit of news considering how poorly the Bulls played on that national stage last season, but definitely a continual climb for the organization’s brand.

What remained to be seen, however, was will expectations meet the reality in the standings?

For several weeks last season, the Bulls sat atop the Eastern Conference, playing like a team that could make some noise in April and May. But the only noise heard was a thud, finishing sixth in the East and escorted out of the playoff door by Milwaukee in the first round.

Injuries played a part, but so did a brutal second-half schedule. Either way, the Bulls couldn’t escape what was a 2-21 combined record against the top four teams from each conference.

And the offseason response to that?

“Continuity’’ with a splash of veterans Andre Drummond and Goran Dragic, and then the addition of first-round pick Dalen Terry in the June draft.

Yes, vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas and general manager Marc Eversley felt that the sample size of this core group wasn’t enough,…

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