May 13, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) reacts to a call against the Miami Heat during the second half at the United Center. Miami defeats Chicago 88-65. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Joakim Noah likely to miss some preseason games

As exciting as Derrick Rose’s return to the court tomorrow will be, it seems fans of the Chicago Bulls will have to wait a little longer to see the full starting lineup play together, as Joakim Noah says he’ll probably miss a few games to start the preseason.

This really doesn’t seem to be a big deal, but it’s concerning nonetheless, if only because confidence in the Bulls’ training staff is at an all-time low. After the Rose Saga last year and Noah’s issues with plantar fasciitis and Luol Deng’s spinal tap — and subsequent lack of attention from said training staff — and the Bulls’ habit of reporting players as cleared to return to games in which they’ve gotten hurt even though anyone with eyes can tell they’re not healthy, there’s plenty of reason to be suspicious about this. But then again, as KC Johnson pointed out, at least we know about this one.

Of course, even this display of transparency was destined not to last.

In other Bulls news, it’s Rose’s birthday today (he’s now 25), and apparently the rookies (Tony Snell and Erik Murphy) had to sing him happy birthday. How’d that go? Not well.

One day more, folks.

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