Bulls ready to reveal new look vs. Kings in opener
BY JOE COWLEY email@example.com October 31, 2012 12:00PM
Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich directs the offense in the first quarter as the Chicago Bulls take on the Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday October 9, 2012 at the United Center. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
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Updated: November 2, 2012 1:09PM
It’s reveal time for the Bulls in tonight’s regular-season opener against the Sacramento Kings (7 p.m., Channel 9, 1000-AM) at the United Center, and as head coach Tom Thibodeau insisted after Wednesday afternoon’s shootaround, he doesn’t expect the questions about his team to stop anytime soon.
“I think each game reveals something to you, and it doesn’t stop, we want to keep evolving as the season goes along, so you’re going to learn more about how guys function together, what gives us our best chance, so that never ends,’’ Thibodeau said. “You’re constantly studying and evaluating your team, and each game tells you the things you’re doing well and the things you’re not doing well.
“For us, I don’t want us to change what we’re doing. I want us to concentrate on improvement, I think we have an understanding of what we have to do to be successful, and I want to make sure we’re moving in that direction every day.’’
They will move in that direction with Kirk Hinrich starting at the point against the Kings, with the point guard over his sore right groin injury that kept him out of the final preseason game on Friday. And there are no limitations on him from a minutes standpoint, either.
“No, he’s been fine the last two days in practice, so he’s good,’’ Thibodeau said.
As far as Taj Gibson and the midnight deadline for him to get a contract extension worked out, the situation is still deemed fluid, with both sides hoping to get something done in order to make sure that Gibson is not a restricted free agent at the end of the year.