Joakim Noah returned to practice for the Bulls on Saturday.
He issued a statement through the team about the passing of his long-time mentor Tyrone Green.
"I am saddened by the passing of Mr. Green, who was like a second father to me. I will do my best to respect his life and his family in this time of grief and ask that everyone please do the same. I will miss him very much."
Noah had missed Friday's practice to travel to New York.
He will start and be ready for Game One vs. the Washington Wizards on Sunday.