Thibodeau has history with newly signed Robinson

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--The Bulls increased their roster to 13 players by signing veteran point guard Nate Robinson. Best known as a dunk contest champion, Robinson has been a potent scorer in the past and produced a career-high 4.5 assists last season for Golden State.

Robinson might seem like an odd choice, but he does have experience with coach Tom Thibodeau from a half-season they spent together in Boston. Robinson will likely back up Kirk Hinrich at point guard early this season. When Derrick Rose returns from knee surgery, the Bulls plan to use him at shooting guard sometimes to ease the stress on his legs.

--The 2012-12 schedule has been released, and the most important game for the Bulls will be the one where guard Derrick Rose returns to the court after ACL surgery. When that happens is anyone's guess. Will he be back for the Feb. 21 date against Miami, the first home game after the All-Star break? The Bulls have two games scheduled for ABC later in the season -- March 10 at the Lakers and April 14 at Miami.

The Bulls will open the season against Sacramento at the United Center on Oct. 31. They'll play six of the first seven games at home. Then the annual "circus" road trip in November is unusual because it's only five games long. Usually, the Bulls are gone for at least seven games, sometimes more.

"If the Olympics were next month, I'd play again. This is something no one will ever take away. I'm always going to remember this moment, walking out for the opening ceremonies and playing with guys I played with my whole life." -- Forward Luol Deng on his Olympic experience playing for Great Britain.

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