So far, it looks like the Chicago Bulls may be without their starting center Joakim Noah and guard Kirk Hinrich as the season opener begins on Oct. 29. Noah is out with a groin injury, and Hinrich with a concussion, could possibly miss their first regular season game against the defending champions, the Miami Heat.
This is not the kind of news the Bulls fans want to hear after their team suffered with injury after injury in the 2012-13 season. Their team leader, Derrick Rose, tore his ACL and is just now returning and getting adjusted into real game play in the preseason. What Noah offers this Bulls team is passion and and a will to win every time he steps out on that court. His ability to defend and play hard is what puts him on top as one of the best centers in the NBA.
Hinrich is also a key component to the Bulls’ shot at a championship this year. With his ability to effectively shoot the three-point ball and provide this Bulls’ team with a more offensive rhythm, his presence on the court is needed. If Chicago plans on stunning the Heat along with the reigning Finals MVP Lebron James come opening night, they’re going to need Noah and Hinrich to get the job done!
Let’s get real, if the Bulls want to send a message to the entire league at the start of the season, they’re going to need all of their players healthy and ready to play. After all, with their All-Star point guard Rose back and better as ever, there’s no doubt that the Bulls are going to have to prove their position as one of the elite teams in the NBA.