Final player thoughts after exit interviews

April, 28, 2010
4/28/10
4:44
PM CT
Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Greetings from the Berto Center. Here are a few quick notes from the last day of media access with the players for the foreseeable future as they had their final exit interviews with Chicago Bullsgeneral manager Gar Forman and executive vice president John Paxson.

  • James Johnson has been asked by management to participate on the Bulls summer league team. He said he plans to play.
  • Taj Gibson is expected to have Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy performed in a few days to help with his plantar fasciitis problems. It's the same procedure that Bulls center Joakim Noah endured earlier in the season. Blood will be taken from his arm and put into his foot. The 24-year old rookie has been dealing with the plantar fasciitis issues for almost a year now.
  • Noah still isn't sure if he will play for the French National team this summer, but he knows that he will enjoy his time off from basketball for a few weeks. Don't be surprised if you see him at the Floyd Mayweather-Shane Mosley fight on Saturday in Las Vegas.
  • Kirk Hinrich isn't sure who will sign with the Bulls this offseason and said, "I'm not going to get excited until something happens."
  • Luol Deng reiterated how much faith he has in Forman and Paxson to make the right choice as it pertains to possible free agents. He is convinced the duo with find the right player who will help the Bulls get over the proverbial hump.
  • Derrick Rose missed his exit interview so that he could attend his uncle's funeral.
  • When asked, each player threw their support behind embattled head coach Vinny Del Negro. However, when pressed, not one player seemed to push hard for Del Negro's return.
  • Brad Miller would like to return to Chicago and knows he will have to take a pay cut in order to do so. He says that the Bulls are on a "short list" of teams he'd like to play for. He also said he would like to play two or three more years.
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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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