Bulls center Joakim Noah’s minutes boosted vs. Knicks
BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter November 1, 2013 10:44PM
Updated: December 3, 2013 6:13AM
So much for the “deconditioned’’ Joakim Noah.
Several weeks ago, coach Tom Thibodeau said Noah was “completely deconditioned,’’ questioning how much use they could even get out of him once he returned from a groin strain.
After playing only 20 minutes in the opener against the Miami Heat — his second game since the start of training camp — Noah played 36 minutes Thursday against the New York Knicks at the United Center.
“I think it’s just going to get better every game,’’ Noah said of getting his legs under him. “I feel like there are things I can still do better.’’
His offense definitely can improve.
Noah has 26 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks, but his offensive timing seems to be lagging.
The midrange jumper he made consistently in the first half last season has been off, and even his work inside has been erratic, as evidenced by his 3-for-11 shooting from the field.
Thibodeau said Noah was a full participant in practice Friday and continued to get closer with his timing.
“I feel real good,” Noah said. “It will come eventually.’’
Turning it up
Derrick Rose spent a good portion of the game against the Knicks pressuring point guard Raymond Felton full-court. It’s an approach he doesn’t want to abandon.
“It wakes you up, kind of gets your legs going, lets everyone know that you came to play,’’ Rose said. “They start the offense a little further back, and getting into the ball kind of avoids screens. [The screens are] probably one of the reasons my neck is sore.’’