CHICAGO — Windy City fans might be too emotionally (or otherwise) hung over by the Cubs winning their first World Series since 1908 to really care that Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah are returning tonight for the first time as Knicks.
Maybe there will be a lot of White Sox fans at the United Center who aren't awash in Cubs love to give Rose and Noah the business before tip-off.
Rose said he just isn't sure what the reaction will be. But he knows what his reaction is to returning to the city where he played the first seven years of his career and won an MVP award.
"Chi-town," Rose said. "It's still the same with me, man. … I have a great spot, I love the location, a location where I'm going to keep it in my family for generations."
Asked if he expected the crowd reaction to be positive, Rose said, "No. That would be a dream. I know I'm going to get some boos here and there, but it's all a part of the game, all a part of the sport."
The Knicks are trying to avoid falling to 1-4. They lost back-to-back games in Detroit on Tuesday and at home Wednesday against Houston. Noah, who went scoreless in 18 minutes Wednesday, spent nine seasons with the Bulls before signing with the Knicks as a free agent.
"I know it's going to be emotional," the former Gator said. "It's definitely a place where I had a lot of battles, a place that I call like my second home.
The Bulls are planning a video tribute to the duo.
Game highlights: Evan Fournier scored 29 and Serge Ibaka added 17 to lead the host Magic to a 102-94 victory over the Kings. In one of its better offensive games this season, Orlando had five players score in double figures with Aaron Gordon contributing a double double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while reserve Jeff Green scored 15. The Magic won back-to-back games for the first time this season. … LeBron James scored 30 and had 12 assists and seven rebounds to help the Cavaliers stay perfect (5-0) with a 128-122 win over the visiting Celtics. James needs two points to pass Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946) for 10th on the all-time scoring list. "This is the best I've seen the Cavs play in November," Boston coach Brad Stevens said. "From what I've seen … they're way ahead of where they were the last two years." … Danilo Gallinari scored 19 and Jusuf Nurkic added 18 to help the visiting Nuggets outlast the Timberwolves 102-99.
Around the league: Nets guard Jeremy Lin has a strained left hamstring and will miss at least two weeks. … Kings forward Matt Barnes was fined $15,000 for directing inappropriate language toward game officials.