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Noah's bone scan shouldn't worry Bulls fans
By Mike McGraw | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 2/26/2010 12:00 AM

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Joakim Noah left the Berto Center during Thursday's practice to get a bone scan on his ailing left foot.

There's no need to be alarmed, however. Coach Vinny Del Negro insisted the test had nothing to do with any new or aggravated injury.

"This had been planned for a while," Del Negro said after practice. "He felt pretty good this morning. Obviously, he didn't play a lot last night. We'll see what the results are."

Noah logged just seven minutes in Wednesday's win over Indiana. It was his third game back after sitting out seven to rest his foot.

Upon returning to the Berto Center, Noah quickly got on the court for some jump shots and post-up moves with player development coach Dave Severns. He's still sore but still plans on playing.

Noah also celebrated his 25th birthday Thursday.

In other news, forward Luol Deng sat out practice with a sore knee, which he injured while scoring 31 points against the Pacers. He passed the time by riding an exercise bike. There was some slight swelling, but Deng expects to play Friday against Portland.

Numbers game: Thursday's light practice for the Bulls resembled high school tryouts. Short-handed early in the year, the Bulls now have a full complement of players, even with Joakim Noah and Luol Deng on the sideline.

"It's funny, when we had a bunch of time to practice, we didn't have any bodies," coach Vinny Del Negro said. "Now we don't have any time to practice and we have a bunch of bodies. It's just the way it works."

There was a spirited shooting contest between seven different guards on the roster. The contestants were Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich, Flip Murray, Jannero Pargo, Acie Law, Devin Brown and rookie James Johnson, usually more of a forward.

"We're a little bit guard heavy right now," Hinrich said. "I don't think it's a problem."

New to the room: Walking on the court with a new team and scoring some points has never been a problem for Bulls newcomer Flip Murray. But what about fitting into a new locker room?

"I'll be myself," he said. "If people don't accept the way you are, they won't accept you."

Asked for early impressions of his Bulls teammates, Murray mentioned comedy.

"In the locker room, knowing how funny some of these guys are, getting a chance to sit down with them and chill with them now and really see their personality outside the court - that's pretty cool," he said.