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Joakim Noah takes a ride on the NBA on ESPN recreational vehicle.
At Friday's shootaround, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau announced plans to shut down Joakim Noah for a week. Noah is still having issues with a groin strain and the team wants to make sure he's healthy for the start of the regular season.
Noah suffered the injury early in training camp and sat out the first three preseason games. He returned to the court on Wednesday against Detroit, producing 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 2 points in 20 minutes of action.
Thibodeau said Jimmy Butler is a game-time decision with a bruised knee. He sat out Wednesday's game.
The Bulls play Indiana tonight at the United Center, then have three preseason games remaining before opening the regular season on Oct. 29 at Miami.
LeBron James has shut down talk about his potential free agency in 2014, but New York's Carmelo Anthony is talking it up.
Like James, Anthony could opt out of his contract next summer and hit the open market.
"I want to be a free agent," Anthony told the New York Observer. "I think everybody in the NBA dreams to be a free agent at least one time in their career. It's like you have an evaluation period. It's like if I'm in the gym and I have all the coaches, all the owners, all the GMs come into the gym and just evaluate everything I do. So yes, I want that experience."
Following Monday's preseason game in St. Louis, Derrick Rose talked about coach Tom Thibodeau's practice demeanor, compared to his sideline demeanor, which is often angry.
“I think in games, he knows that there’s TV and people around," Rose said, according to CSNChicago.com. "In practice, it’s just us, no cameras, no nothing, so it gets very, very crazy in practice."
The Bulls beat Memphis 106-87 on Monday to improve to 2-0 in preseason. Next up is a four-day trip to Rio de Janeiro. The team was scheduled to depart late Tuesday night and will face Washington on Saturday for the NBA's first South American game.
INDIANAPOLIS -- For anyone who missed it, or wants to relive it, here’s a detailed account of Derrick Rose’s return to NBA action on Saturday against Indiana.
--Bulls fans were plentiful at Bankers Life Arena, but not a majority. The atmosphere was nothing like Game 4 of the 2011 playoffs, when Bulls fans made up at least 67 percent of the crowd. Also, plenty of empty seats or the
--Rose was introduced second, after Jimmy Butler, which seemed to catch the Bulls fans by surprise. The cheer was delayed slightly.
--Bulls fans explode the first time Rose touches the ball on offense. Maybe there are more Bulls fans here than I thought.
A Slam Magazine cover story on Derrick Rose is titled, “My only goal is to win a championship.”
Maybe Rose should open up next week’s media day interviews by asking, “Why can’t I rain on LeBron’s parade?” considering his MVP question in 2010 turned out to be prophetic.
Anyway, Rose spoke to Slam in late August in Los Angeles, while working with trainer Rob McLanaghan. As everyone is sick of being reminded, Rose hasn’t played in an NBA game since April 28, 2012.
We’re roughly two weeks out before Bulls training camp begins. Media day at the Berto Center will be Friday, Sept. 27, slightly earlier than usual because of the Brazil trip.
Several names have popped up as potential camp participants. The Bulls have 12 players under contract and must keep at least 13, so they’ll let some people battle for a job during preseason.
--Dexter Pittman is a 6-foot-11, 285-pound center who has appeared in 48 games for Miami and Memphis during the past three seasons. Tough to tell what he brings to the table since he’s played so little. Late in the 2011-12 season, Pittman played 26 minutes for the Heat against Boston and produced 12 points, 4 rebounds, 5 fouls and 5 turnovers.
With less than a month to go before Derrick Rose's official return to NBA basketball (preseason opener is Oct. 5 at Indiana), Rose found time to squeeze in a promotional tour of Asia. Here he is performing in Japan. It's debatable whether or not he looks 100 percent of his old self.
For the next step in the longest coaching search in NBA history, the Philadelphia 76ers plan on bringing in Bulls assistant coach Adrian Griffin for a second interview, according to Yahoo Sports.
Some other candidates for this job include assistant coaches Kenny Atkinson from Atlanta, Brett Brown from San Antonio, Boston's Jay Larranaga, Portland's David Vanderpool and Michael Curry, who was on Doug Collins' Sixers staff last season.
After the spinal tap incident sidelined Luol Deng for the final seven games of the playoffs, he mostly stayed silent, other than a few health updates on Twitter.
Deng finally addressed the incident in an interview posted on nba.com. He’s currently in Ghana for one of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders events.
“The end of the season was disappointing,” Deng said. “I worked hard all season, played in the All-Star (Game), and wanted to take the team as far as possible in the playoffs. But then, when I got sick, I think that we could have handled the situation better.