Yes it is just the preseason, but the Chicago Bulls have been experiencing some bumps, bruises, aches, and pains, especially this past week.
Reserve Guard, Kirk Hinrich is the latest, after leaving the court with a concussion in Friday night’s 103-98 win over the Indiana Pacers. He banged his head on teammate Erik Murphy’s leg on a fall. “He’ll have to go through a series of tests, make sure he’s ok, “ coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He said he was feeling a lot better today.” Hinrich might return before the end of the preseason schedule.
All-star Center, Joakim Noah, will be lost for maybe a week because of lingering soreness of a strained groin injury he suffered during practice in the Bulls’ first week of training camp. He played this past Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons for the first time and reported no soreness, but it flared up again on Thursday. “He still has a little bit of soreness so we want to make sure he’s completely healed before we move forward. So the next week just lock into rehab part of it. Get completely healthy,“ Thibodeau said. Noah insists he will be ready to start in the season opener down in Miami on the 29th this month.
Derrick Rose’s backcourt running mate, Jimmy Butler, banged his left knee into Washington Wizards Point Guard, John Wall, last weekend in Brazil and he tried to play through it. However, once back to Chicago, he’s been bothered by it and has missed the last two preseason games. He is listed as day to day and he should be back before the season opener.
There have been some other injuries to players such as Forward, Luol Deng, banging his right knee Friday night, and Guard, Derrick Rose, having some soreness in his surgically repaired knee. All these injuries though haven’t been as serious. Hopefully everyone gets healthy, and stays that way, so the Bulls can be successful in the Eastern Conference.