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Bulls' guard Byars joins list of walking wounded
By Mike McGraw | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 10/21/2009 12:02 AM

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Add Derrick Byars to the list of sidelined Bulls. He's expected to miss a week after hyperextending his left knee Monday against Orlando.

Tyrus Thomas seemed to aggravate a bruised right hip when he crashed into the scorer's table while chasing a loose ball, but coach Vinny Del Negro said Tuesday he thought Thomas would be fine.

Besides Derrick Rose missing five straight games with an ankle injury, veteran guard Lindsey Hunter was out sick the past two games, Kirk Hinrich has been playing through an elbow injury, and guard Jannero Pargo has a sore back.

"I hurt it in London, hyperextended it," Hinrich said of his bad elbow. "I thought I was over it, but it's just been gradually getting a little bit worse. It's just a nagging thing."

Florida frat parties: Chris Richard is trying to earn a spot on the Bulls' roster as an emergency big man. In the meantime, he reflected on Florida's two-time NCAA championship teams, when he backed up Joakim Noah and Al Horford, among others.

"I know it's a little cliché-ish, but we were really like brothers," Richard said. "We went everywhere together, did everything together. So those habits we formed off the court kind of grew and ended up on the court.

"We did a lot. We had a bunch of different video game tournaments. We had bowling nights. We really took advantage of our free tickets to the football games. We would do our individual workouts, tailgate and go to the games together every weekend."

Tailgating, huh? Did Noah fire up the grill and prepare some French-recipe chicken wings?

"No, we crashed a few tailgates," Richard said. "If we had recruits in, we stopped by the basketball tailgate for a second. Most of the time, it was the frat houses. We were loved by the frat houses, so we did a lot of tailgating there."

Bull horns: It might be difficult for players to focus at Thursday's practice. Victoria's Secret model Marisa Miller is scheduled to visit and present Derrick Rose with a nomination for Chicago's sexiest athlete. His competition is Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher and Patrick Sharp of the Blackhawks. - The Bulls will host their tipoff luncheon Wednesday at noon at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.