Noah, Hinrich sit out with 'overall soreness'

October, 2, 2013
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
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DEERFIELD, Ill -- Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah and backup guard Kirk Hinrich did not practice Wednesday because of what coach Tom Thibodeau deemed "overall soreness."

Thibodeau said he isn't concerned that the pair would miss extended time.

"At this time of the year, we want to make sure all the nicks are taken care of," Thibodeau said. "They both are feeling a lot better today after a day off. We just thought another day would be the smart thing to do, so that's what we did."

Thibodeau acknowledged that the decision to sit Noah had nothing to do with his feet. Noah, who has dealt with plantar fasciitis for several years, missed 16 games last season due to injury and was hampered by foot problems throughout the postseason.

Hinrich missed 22 games last season because of various injuries. Thibodeau bristled at the notion that playing Hinrich fewer minutes this season would keep him on the floor more.

"You don't know," Thibodeau said. "Like everyone says, 'Well, Joakim, he played big minutes.' Well, Joakim got hurt when he played short minutes. Some of it is ... that's just the way it is. So Kirk has started, he's come off the bench -- so we'll see. We'll see how it unfolds. Obviously, the depth up front helps. You got Jimmy [Butler] and you got Derrick [Rose] and Luol [Deng] and Mike [Dunleavy Jr.], so we feel good about that. But we'll see.

"Sometimes you have to look at the injuries, and what type of injuries are they? Spinal tap [like Deng endured during last season's playoffs] -- I don't think that has anything to do with minutes. Someone gets kicked in the calf, I don't think that has anything to do with minutes. So I expect starters to play starter's minutes. I expect bench guys to play bench minutes. If you look at the minutes in the league, they're in line with what everyone else is doing, so we'll see."

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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