The buzz around ParkWhiz headquarters in Chicago is palpable with 2011 MVP Derrick Rose taking the court last night for the first time in nearly 18 months. The Bulls’ game in Miami tipped off the 2013-’14 NBA Season with a bang. Rose’s anticipated return came against the two-time defending NBA Champion Heat. Tomorrow, fans who book United Center parking have the chance to see Rose’s comeback against the Knicks when the Bulls play their home opener.
As for the Heat, they began their quest for the NBA’s first three-peat since 2002 against a Chicago team that pulled off the feat twice in the ‘90s. This could be a historical season for Miami, whose fans have plenty of American Airlines Arena parking to choose from, including unobstructed spaces in case they want to leave early.
Other Eastern Conference contenders include the Pacers. Fans who hit Bankers Life Fieldhouse parking and head into the arena saw an up-and-coming squad take Miami to the brink of elimination in the Eastern Conference Finals last season before falling short in the decisive Game 7. Both New York teams garner attention as well after the Nets made their off-season spash and the Knicks return the core of a team that finished second only to the Heat in the East last season.
Out west the Thunder fan base retains a bitter taste in its mouth after a playoff injury to All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook derailed OKC’s route to repeat as Western Conference Champions, depriving the Thunder another shot at Miami. Now fans who book Chesapeake Energy Arena parking look forward to a rejuvenated Westbrook and another deep playoff run.
The old-guard Spurs come off a Western Conference title and a heartbreaking NBA Finals. With a veteran nucleus, San Antonio’s window at another title begins to close.
Staples Center parking remains in demand, but not for the Lakers, as a poor campaign last year and a sidelined Kobe Bryant diminish expectations. Instead, the Clippers steal the limelight of Los Angeles with a much more competitive team heading into 2013.
Elsewhere, the blockbuster deal landing All-Star center Dwight Howard in Houston turns the Rockets into a force to be reckoned with. Now Toyota Center parking and tickets heat up with a dangerous roster poised to challenge in the West.
Three games christened the fresh season last night, including that Bulls-Heat clash. Both teams hope they’re playing eight months from now in the Finals, where the 68th NBA Champion will be crowned.