Chicago Bulls to sit five players in preseason opener

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.

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.

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.”

Game Information

  • Location: United Center – Chicago
  • Time: 7 p.m. central
  • TV: Comcast SportsNet Chicago


Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.


Ashley Wijangco

<p>Ashley Wijangco is the owner and editor of The Bulls Charge. She is currently a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in news-editorial journalism, minoring in public relations, and earning a SportMedia certificate with the hopes of becoming a professional sports writer or a sports media professional.<br />  <br /> Born in Chicago and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Ashley grew up as a Bulls fan, eventually becoming a die-hard fan. Her passion for the team then inspired her to pursue a career in sports media, an area she has been involved with since 2012 when she began writing and live-tweeting games for FanSided’s Bulls site, Pippen Ain’t Easy. She is also Kirk Hinrich’s biggest fan and refuses to stop supporting him no matter how unproductive he has become.<br />  <br /> Aside from The Bulls Charge, Ashley is also the co-editor-in-chief for Illio, her school’s yearbook and a columnist at Hoops Addict, a basketball website.</p>

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