Center Joakim Noah says Bulls working on chemistry
BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter November 10, 2013 5:48PM
Updated: November 10, 2013 8:32PM
There has been a lot of talk about the Bulls’ chemistry since the regular season started.
Center Joakim Noah’s message Sunday was to be patient.
‘‘Like I said, everybody has something to say. It’s funny,’’ Noah said. ‘‘This isn’t math. Just because he averages 25 points and this guy averages 12 points and this guy averages 20 points and 10 rebounds, that’s not how basketball works. You don’t add those together and that’s what we’re going to get. It’s basketball.
‘‘I think our starting unit before this season had never played a game together, so I think we’re all learning. I think it’s going to get better every game. There’s no excuses. We’re being patient, we’re working hard and we’re excited about [the game Monday against the Cleveland Cavaliers].’’
What Noah was more concerned about was playing catch-up with his conditioning after a strained groin cost him most of training camp. He said he’s almost there.
‘‘I’m getting back to 100 percent,’’ Noah said. ‘‘Preventative stuff — lifting weights, getting in the pool, just doing as much as I can to feel great. I’m feeling better every day.’’
Even though this is Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving’s third season in the league, he hasn’t played against Bulls star Derrick Rose.
Rose recently said he expected Irving to come right at him, but coach Tom Thibodeau said he wasn’t concerned about Rose forcing the action to teach him a lesson.
‘‘[Rose] knows he’s responsible for running the team,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘He’s a little further along than that. He has to make our team function well. And he understands that.’’