If Noah passes test, he’ll play against Pistons
BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter October 14, 2013 9:25PM
Updated: November 16, 2013 6:25AM
Joakim Noah’s last test likely will come Tuesday, when the practice plan is to go hard with contact.
If his strained groin holds up, Noah will make his preseason debut Wednesday against the Pistons at the United Center.
“The good thing is [Noah has] been able to practice,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said. “It’s not like he’s way behind. But it’s still important for him to get some preseason games under his belt, so he gets used to playing with the starting unit, and the starting unit gets used to playing with him. It’ll be good to have him out there.’’
The Bulls open the regular season Oct. 29 in Miami.
“It’s going to be good,’’ Derrick Rose said of having Noah back. “Joakim hasn’t been playing, but he’s been in every practice. He hasn’t sat out yet, really going hard, getting his conditioning up. He looks healthy out there.’’
Expect Noah to be on the same minutes watch Rose was on in the first preseason game: three different playing sessions between six and eight minutes long.
Fine with ‘Return’
Rose was asked if he regretted the whole “Return’’ campaign put on by Adidas last season, and he had no second thoughts about doing it all over again.
“Oh, not at all,’’ Rose said. ‘‘I think it was a great commercial. I wouldn’t take it back for anything. I tried my hardest to get back on the court every game. Every practice I was really trying to push myself just to get back out there, get back on the floor as quick as possible. It just didn’t happen last year.’’