Deerfield, IL, United States (4E Sports) – Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is eager to make a statement in Tuesday’s regular season opener against the Miami Heat after feeling his groin injury will not bother him.
Noah had entertained thoughts of missing the opener before going through all of Sunday’s practice without any limitations.
He admitted that opening up against the defending champion Heat means a little more to him.
“Every time you play against Miami it’s a statement [game],” said Noah. “We’ve been waiting for this game for a long time. It’s one of 82 but we know every time we play against Miami it’s important.”
Guard Kirk Hinrich who has missed the last week because of a concussion and a shoulder injury also went through all of practice and says he is feeling much better.
Hinrich, who also happy with his practice session, said his shoulder is feeling good and has passed all the concussion tests.
“Everything’s looking really good right now,” said Hinrich.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau sounded optimistic about their chances, noting that Noah has been pain free for four or five days.