Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/16/14
At the start of training camp Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau pointed to Wednesday night. The Bulls’ late tipoff against the Western Conference powerhouse Thunder marked the next-to-last exhibition a game in which Thibodeau said that starters would play regular-season minutes and the rotation would take a more permanent shape. That’s tough to do when All-Star center Joakim Noah remains sidelined with a sore groin and prominent reserve Kirk Hinrich has yet to be cleared from a concussion. Thibodeau said Wednesday was Noah’s first day doing basketball drills. “It’s basically all straight-ahead stuff” he said. “He’s completely deconditioned so we’re very concerned about that.’’ Noah who has played less than 20 minutes this preseason tried to paint a more positive picture. He says he feels better but acknowledged missing the high-profile regular-season opener Tuesday in Miami is in play. “It’s possible” Noah said. “But I’m not there yet. In my mind I’m playing. I want to be out t
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