Bulls' new bench a little wooden

October, 9, 2012
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Greenberg By Jon Greenberg
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- If the Chicago Bulls were a mixtape, they’d be titled "Nate Robinson's Flight School, Vol. 2” or maybe “Derrick Rose Presents: The Return of Kirk Hinrich.” Whatever the name, this team is no best-seller, no viral hit.

The product they put on the floor could vary wildly from night to night this season.

The Bulls are in a weird kind of limbo, competitive but ultimately immaterial until Rose heals from his franchise-altering knee injury. After two years of dominating the regular season, it will be hard to get excited about Marco Belinelli's neckbeard and Robinson spreading his wings like an airplane after a made shot.

With a new-look bench debuting, the Bulls won their preseason opener over the Memphis Grizzlies, 92-88, despite a 1-for-21 shooting performance in the all-bench fourth quarter that all but erased a 16-point lead.

Don’t worry, Thibodeau’s vocal chords got its preseason workout. He’s got more than enough to scream with. After the game, Thibodeau said this game “does reveal a lot of things to us.”

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Jon Greenberg

Columnist, ESPNChicago.com
Jon Greenberg is a columnist for ESPNChicago.com. He has lived and worked in Chicago since 2003, and is a graduate of Ohio University and the University of Chicago.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5