Five Bulls sit out, Hamilton not close

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls will be undermanned once again Friday night against the Orlando Magic as Joakim Noah (plantar fasciitis), Marco Belinelli (ab strain), Taj Gibson (knee), Derrick Rose (knee) and Rip Hamilton (lower back) will all be sitting out.

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said the players were 'improving,' but he did acknowledge that Hamilton is probably the least likely to return at any point in the near future.

"He's coming along," Thibodeau said. "He's still ... he has a ways to go. He's the one guy that's not real close right now."

As for Rose, status quo remains the norm.

"The same," Thibodeau said of Rose's status. "Just steady progress."