"I feel good," Thomas said. "Just a little soreness in the muscle
and tendons but not in the area where I had my break. That's healed.
It's strong. With the addition of the plate, I don't really have too
much of a chance of breaking it again. It's just more of me now being
comfortable with the rangith the addition of the plate, I don't really
have too much of a chance of breaking it again. It's just more of me
now being comfortable with the range of motion and getting everything
Getting Tyrus back is definitely big for the organization. He's not the best player, but the team will regularly go eight deep instead of seven deep, and they gain some athleticism, size, and defense with his return. I'd suspect we'll see a drop in Deng and Noah's minutes the most which should allow them to play a bit more effectively than when they're worn to the ground for the entire game. Particularly Noah.
I also found this quote interesting:
Asked if he immediately improves the Bulls' defense, Thomas didn't blink.
"I'd like to think so," he said. "Some people may differ. But I think my presence on the floor impacts the game a lot."
For whatever reason, it strikes me as odd that he acknowledged he has a reputation as a poor defender. It made me wonder if he was referring to coaches, media, or fans when he referred to "some people".