Greetings from the United Center in Chicago, which is cold, but nowhere near as cold as the Twin Cities. But don’t tell the folks here. Chicago folks are treating this like a polar apocalypse.
But back to basketball. Here are some items gleaned from morning shoot-arounds:
--First, Chicago. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said center Joakim Noah is under the weather. He didn’t make the team’s morning shoot, and will be a game-time decision. Noah has been playing very well of late, and he has the kind of length and athleticism that can give Wolves center Nikola Pekovic trouble. I suspect Noah will find a way to play.
--On the Wolves side, J.J. Barea (back), Kevin Love (knee and ankle) and Ricky Rubio (ankle) are all good to go today.
Both Love and Rubio talked at some length about Bulls guard Derrick Rose, who has been ruled out for the season after injuring his right knee knee. Rose injured the medial meniscus in his right knee in November. And this came on the heels of missing the entire 2012-13 season after having a torn ACL repaired in May of 2012.
Both Love and Rubio are confident Rose – who has said he wants to play for Team USA this summer – can come back 100 percent. “It’s tough to go through a series of injuries like that,” said Love, who worked out with Rose last summer. “I went through that last year, with my hand and my knee. I know it’s tough. He’s the type of guy who will get back to 100 percent as quickly as he can.”
Said Rubio, who also came back from a torn ACL: “When you go down twice, it has to be hard,” he said. “But all I can say is, I know he’s a warrior, and he wants to come back, and he’s going to do it. The best of luck for him.”
That’s about it for now. I’ll get back to you after tonight’s game.