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Bogans gets starting nod vs. Bucks in preseason test
By Mike McGraw | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 10/4/2010 6:15 PM

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The Bulls will finally get a chance to take the court Tuesday for the preseason opener against the Bucks in Milwaukee. But it won't be with the team they were hoping to see.

Not only is power forward Carlos Boozer sidelined for eight weeks after breaking a bone in his right hand, projected starting shooting guard Ronnie Brewer will be unavailable because of a sore hamstring.

First-year coach Tom Thibodeau nominated veteran Keith Bogans to start at shooting guard against the Bucks, rather than Kyle Korver.

"Keith right now has been working more with the first unit, so I want to take a look at that," Thibodeau said. "We may get to Kyle. We're going to look at different combinations and sort of figure it out as we go along."

Bogans, 30, is one of those calm veterans who takes this sort of news in stride. The 6-foot-5 guard is playing for his sixth team in seven NBA seasons.

"It's nothing new to me," Bogans said. "Any role I have I'm going to take it and just try to make the best of it."

The Bulls will actually play three games in the next four nights. They'll visit Dallas on Thursday, then play their first home game Friday against Washington and ex-Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich.

First week is over: Having played for several teams during his NBA career, guard Keith Bogans was asked his impressions of coach Tom Thibodeau's first training camp with the Bulls.

"It's tough. Of course, I played with him and Jeff (Van Gundy) in Houston, so I kind of knew what to expect," Bogans said. "It's nothing easy. We're going to work hard every day. He's not going to give us any days off. When you come in here, it's work."

Asked Monday how the team is progressing after a week of training camp, Thibodeau said, "There have been some good things and some things we'd like to clean up. Defensively, we're nowhere near where we want to be. Offensively, we need to clean up our timing and our spacing right now."

Bull horns: The Bulls had two different birthdays to celebrate on Monday. The team's youngest player, Derrick Rose, turned 22, while the oldest player, center Kurt Thomas, turned 38. - Milwaukee is expected to be without ex-Bulls shooting guard John Salmons (right knee sprain) and Chicago native Corey Maggette (recovering from ankle surgery) at Tuesday's preseason game.

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