Joakim Noah is back with the Bulls after a three-day absence due to the death of his grandmother. He is expected to start Tuesday’s preseason opener against Memphis at the United Center.
The Bulls said Noah’s absence was a personal issue, but he sent a Twitter message thanking people who sent respect to his grandmother. He wrote that she was once captain of the Cameroon national team and he started playing basketball because of her.
Noah’s return gives the Bulls a chance to use their projected regular-season starting lineup of Noah, Kirk Hinrich, Richard Hamilton, Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer.
It might be more interesting to see how coach Tom Thibodeau uses the revamped “Bench Mob” of Taj Gibson, Nate Robinson, Marco Belinelli, Vladimir Radmanovic and Nazr Mohammed.