by Devese Ursery
B-ball fans, wake up and rejoice! The National Basketball Association (NBA) is back. Not only is it back for the season, but also it was back in St. Louis - at least for one day anyway.
On October 7, the Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies did battle on the hardwood of the Scottrade Center. In a blowout game, the Bulls defeat the Grizzlies by a 20-point deficit. The final score was 106 – 86. Derrick Rose, three-time All-Star and faced of the franchise has played minimal minutes this year after missing the entire 2012 season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) that he suffered in April. In his second game back since the injury Rose scored 13 points on 3-of-8 shooting in 23 minutes. But the biggest star for the Bulls that night was underachiever Carlos Boozer, who scored 16 points in the game.
The last time an NBA team played in St. Louis was when the city had an actual professional basketball team. The team was called the St. Louis Hawks (formerly known as the Tri-City Blackhawks) and they played at the old Kiel Auditorium from 1955 to 1968, which was their last season in St. Louis before they were shipped away to Atlanta.
Last year in St. Louis was the Hawks' most successful with a record of 56 wins and 26 losses. The Hawks won one NBA championship while in St. Louis and that was in 1958.