Bulls’ Hinrich says he also will be good to go
BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter October 27, 2013 9:23PM
Updated: October 27, 2013 11:06PM
The Bulls will start the 2013-14 season at full strength.
Center Joakim Noah (groin) and guard Kirk Hinrich (concussion, shoulder) went through a full practice Sunday, taking contact, and had no setbacks.
Coach Tom Thibodeau said they were doubtful for the regular-season opener after the preseason finale Friday against the Nuggets.
“Oh, I’m optimistic about Miami, yeah,’’ Noah said. “I feel 100 percent right now. I have no problems in my groin. I wanted to play in that last preseason game, but Thibs said no. I was [ticked] about it, but I think it was the right decision.’’
Noah played in one preseason game, clocking 19 minutes, and Thibodeau made it seem like he wasn’t in good enough shape to play Tuesday against the Heat.
Thibodeau still seemed concerned with Noah’s conditioning.
“No, everyone needs conditioning,’’ Thibodeau said. “You need everyone working together. You put your team together piece by piece, and he’s a big part of the team. We need him out there. You need reps together. That’s important.’’
Hinrich missed the last three preseason games but felt ready to take his regular spot off the bench.
“Yeah, it’s feeling good,’’ Hinrich said. “I was able to get this practice under my belt. I’ll practice [Monday] and should be good to go.’’
Thibodeau said the decision to go with veteran Mike James for the 13th and last roster spot had a lot to do with injury concerns at guard.
Derrick Rose is returning after missing 18 months, and Hinrich has been injury-prone.