Joakim Noah and Kirk Hinrich went through a full practice on Sunday and for now, there’s no questioning Noah’s availability for Tuesday’s season opener in Miami.
“I feel 100 percent right now,” Noah told reports after practice concluded. “I have no problems with my groin.”
The center was limited to just one preseason game in which he played just 19 minutes and 45 seconds after suffering from a sore groin in which he sustained during the first week of training camp. Noah and coach Tom Thibodeau concluded that he had been feeling pain-free for “four or five days." Noah wanted to play in Friday's preseason finale vs. the Denver Nuggets, but Thibodeau held him out, a move Noah wasn't happy with but acknowledged was the right decision.
Hinrich missed the team’s three remaining preseason games after suffering a concussion and sore shoulder when he collided with teammate Erik Murphy’s knee vs. the Indiana Pacers.
The point guard took contact on Sunday and his plan is to be ready for Tuesday.
The Bulls announced the waiving of forwards Dexter Pittman and D.J. White on Saturday.
The team kept veteran point Mike James, bringing the roster to 13 players.
At 38, James is the third oldest player in the league. He is a Tom Thibodeau favorite and was undoubtedly kept due to Hnirich’s injury history and Marquis Teague’s inconsistency.