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Noah, Hinrich iffy for Bulls’ preseason opener against Pacers

Updated: November 5, 2013 6:29AM



The Bulls limped out of the playoffs last season, and it’s possible they might be limping into their preseason opener Saturday against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis.

Coach Tom Thibodeau wouldn’t say Thursday whether center Joakim Noah and guard Kirk Hinrich would play against the Pacers. Both missed practice again. They also were held out of practice Wednesday, and the Bulls had Tuesday off.

Thibodeau stressed that it’s just precautionary with both players and that the slippery floor at the Berto Center played a part.

‘‘I want to make sure they are completely healthy,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘We will see where they are [Friday]; they were a lot better [Thursday]. The floor was really slippery, so I didn’t want them to go because of that.’’

Jersey prince

According to the NBA, Derrick Rose was second in jersey sales last season to Miami Heat star LeBron James. Rose was first in China, Latin America and Europe.

‘‘It’s an honor,’’ Rose said. ‘‘My fans stuck with me from the beginning; they’re faithful. I do everything for them. I am them, and they are me.’’

Old and healthy

Kenwood product Nazr Mohammed, 36, is the Bulls’ oldest player, entering his 16th season. Mohammed eventually could equal former Vocational star Juwan Howard, whose 19-year career ended after last season.

‘‘I don’t know what it is, but it’s almost a little easier [being an older player],’’ Mohammed said. ‘‘I know what to expect. The soreness doesn’t surprise me. I know no matter how hard I work before training camp that this is going to make me sore because it’s another level.’’



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