Center Joakim Noah took the role of an extended offensive role in the Bulls season opener, scoring a game-high 23 points in Chicagos 93-87 win over Sacramento Wednesday at the United Center.
The Bulls, with six newcomers and without Derrick Rose, will be different in 2012.
The Bulls know that for the first time in two seasons they may not be the favorites in the Central division.
With their star player sidelined until at least halfway through the season and seven newcomers on board, there were bound to be some growing pains offensively for the Bulls.
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said point guard Kirk Hinrich is day-to-day with a groin injury he suffered in last night's win over the Thunder, and is a game-time decision for Fridays preseas