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Joakim Noah embraces underdog role

Updated: July 26, 2012, 4:34 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah said Thursday he and his teammates don't mind the fact that some people are overlooking them while Derrick Rose recovers from ACL surgery.

Rose tore his left ACL in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Bulls lost that first-round series in six, and Rose underwent surgery on May 12. The prognosis was for him to be sidelined 8-12 months.

"I haven't seen him in a couple of weeks, but I know he's working ...

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