Thibs offers reason for withholding information; D.J. Augustin en route?
BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter December 11, 2013 10:39PM
Updated: December 12, 2013 12:12AM
NEW YORK — So there really is a method to the Tom Thibodeau madness.
It’s always been a cat-and-mouse game when it comes to the Bulls coach divulging injury details about his players to the media, and on Wednesday he finally explained why.
“I guess I’m old-school in the sense of, I don’t see the need to advertise what’s ailing you,’’ Thibodeau said. “I know a lot of the teams I played with, they looked to attack the guys that were saying those things, so I don’t want to put us at any disadvantage. To me, that’s the reason I do it.’’
The question was raised in the wake of the Tuesday morning shootaround. Thibodeau was asked about injuries going into the game against the Bucks, and he never mentioned Joakim Noah. Noah didn’t play because of a bruised right thigh he suffered days earlier, which led to his knee being drained.
“He had taken on that injury, it was a bruise in the New Orleans game, so he had played two games after that where he had played great,’’ Thibodeau said. “So I thought [Noah] was moving around in a positive direction. That was a last-minute thing that came up.’’
Translation: Don’t expect it to change.
Noah was back in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Knicks, but the Bulls were once again without Jimmy Butler (turf toe), Luol Deng (left Achilles) and, of course, Derrick Rose (right knee), who will miss the rest of the season.
Deng said he hoped to be back Friday, when the Bulls visit the Bucks.
Help on the way
A league source confirmed that the Bulls could have recently waived guard D.J. Augustin in uniform by the weekend after he clears waivers, but Thibodeau was staying mum.
“That’s a Gar [Forman]/John [Paxson] question,’’ Thibodeau said, referring to the Bulls’ general manager and VP of basketball operations, respectively. “They’re always looking, that’s what they do. If there is someone that we can add that can help, they’ll look at it. If it makes sense, we’ll do it.
“As I said, I’m locked into the guys that we have in that locker room, I love the guys we have in that locker room, and I do think we have more than enough, and we’re going to keep grinding.’’