Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah will be on the clock in returns
BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter October 15, 2013 8:24PM
Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah, left, talks to Derrick Rose during the first quarter against the Atlanta Hawks in Game 5 of a second-round NBA playoffs basketball series in Chicago, Tuesday, May 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Updated: October 15, 2013 8:55PM
Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah went through a second consecutive day of full practices Tuesday, and Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau believes they’ll play in the preseason game Wednesday against the Pistons at the United Center.
The tough part will be making sure they get enough playing time.
Rose missed the game Saturday in Brazil because of soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.
“We’ll see what he can handle,’’ Thibodeau said. “We’ve got to work him up to starter’s minutes, but we’ll see.’’
It will be a bit different for Noah, who’s recovering from a groin injury. While the All-Star center has practiced with his teammates daily, he hasn’t played in a game. He’s scheduled to get three segments of six-to-eight minutes Wednesday.
“You can do all the things on the sideline and running,’’ Noah said. “There’s nothing that comes close to game-time conditioning. It’s going to be hard. But I’m really excited to get on the court and give what I got.’’
Noah entered camp in such good shape that he said he wasn’t concerned about being ready for the season opener Oct. 29 against the Miami Heat.
No closer to decision
The competition for the 13th spot on the roster remains open, and Thibodeau said the evaluation isn’t based solely on statistics.
“It’s not just what’s being done in the games,’’ Thibodeau said. “It’s what’s done in practice. And it’s also us having a better understanding of what our greater need will be.’’
Considering the fragility of Rose and Kirk Hinrich, veteran guard Mike James seems to be in the lead, with center Dexter Pittman a close second.
Point guard Marquis Teague has heard his name in rumors lately, with the Timberwolves and Jazz potential suitors. But according to a source, the Bulls aren’t interested in moving Teague.