Derrick Rose's knee is fine. Joakim Noah expects to play. The Chicago Bulls return home and all is as it should be.
Maybe it's only because I'm a die hard fan, but given the excitement over Rose's return, isn't it somewhat shameful that the schedule makers didn't give the Bulls a home preseason game until their 4th outing? This one's actually probably a decent ticket given that you typically can't even give away a preseason game.
For Bulls fans wanting to see the team in person the wait has been long, but they'll get the first glimpse of the team playing at full strength assuming everything plays out as expected.
Officially, Derrick Rose is a game time decision for tonight, but unofficially he's expected to take the court at the United Center for the first time since tearing his ACL.
The Bulls will take on the new look Pistons whom many expect to be considerably improved this year as their young core develops. The Pistons bring plenty of talented size to the equation which makes the game a nice test for Joakim Noah to go up against some legit big men right off the bat in his first game of the preseason.
As with any preseason game, the Bulls will look to put their time in, practice their sets, and hopefully come out healthy. The results don't really mean a whole heck of a lot. Detroit, with plenty of young guys, probably has more to prove, so I wouldn't be surprised if the Bulls dropped this game with their bench play.
More Marquis Teague rumors
Mark Deeks wrote a piece stating the Bulls were showcasing Teague on Saturday.
This week, the edict came down from management that backup guard Marquis Teague was to receive extra playing time, in an unashamed and completely unsubtle 'showcase' event.
The Bulls are ready to move on. Despite a fairly poor 2012/13 season - in fact, a fairly poor last six seasons - the Bulls value the services of Mike James, who they had for a brief period in the 2011/12 season. They want James to be their third string point guard this season, not Marquis Teague, This decision has already been made, hence the edict from management to play Teague more. Teague, none too subtly, is being shopped. Utah are a reported suitor for his services; before that, talks were ongoing with the Minnesota Timberwolves (whose interest later cooled after the 'showcase' that wasn't.)
We'll see what happens with young Marquis, but as Mark noted, if Teague was being showcased he certainly didn't win any fans with his performance Saturday. That said, it was effectively half of one preseason game playing much of his time with the scrubbiest guys on the team.
Marquis had a nice summer league stint, and I'd like to see him get a few more opportunities in preseason to see if he can bring his summer league performance into the NBA preseason and possibly regular season later.
What I don't really get is why you want to keep Mike James over Teague. James is more or less awful. It just feels like we could have found a better third strong combo guard than James out there if we were going to dump Teague to save some money. If they actually prefer James talentwise to Teague then they've completely given up hope.
Look for the Bulls to get a draft pick back for Teague, probably a massively protected first, two seconds, or a single second depending on what they can swing.