The Chicago Bulls open preseason play Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks a week after beginning their training camp.
Tuesday’s game will mark a new era for the team with head coach Fred Hoiberg coaching his first preseason game as an NBA coach. The Bulls will even debut a brand new court design at the United Center. One thing that won’t seem different, though, is the sidelining of Derrick Rose.
Rose suffered a left orbital fracture last Tuesday, Sept. 29 during the Bulls’ first practice of the season. He underwent surgery the next day, Sept. 30, and was given a two-week timetable afterwards. He’ll be wearing a protective face mask when he returns.
Mike Dunleavy (back injury), Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson and Kirk Hinrich will join Rose on the bench as those sitting out against the Bucks. Hoiberg said Gasol is only expected to miss the first preseason game, though.
Hinrich has very minor toe issue. Gasol is rest day. Gibson precautionary after offseason surgery.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 5, 2015
With all those players sitting out, Hoiberg is going with a starting lineup of E’Twaun Moore, Jimmy Butler, Tony Snell, Nikola Mirotic and Joakim Noah, but don’t be surprised if it changes as preseason goes on.
Hoiberg is going to try different lineups during preseason but said he likes what he has seen of Gasol/Noah and will try that combo some.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 2, 2015
In terms of what to expect with Hoiberg as the coach, Johnson also reported on how players have emphasized the concept of “freedom” with the new offense:
“There’s a lot of motion,” Gasol said. “It’s very dynamic. There’s a lot of pace. It’s more freedom, more reads. It should be effective and hard to guard.”
Added Hinrich: “It’s a lot more reads, more free-flowing. It’s all predicated on pace. Get stops and get into the right sets offensively.”
- Location: United Center – Chicago
- Time: 7 p.m. central
- TV: Comcast SportsNet Chicago
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