Toe injury sidelines Gordon

  • Tyrus Thomas, left, and Derrick Rose greet people along Michigan Avenue on Wednesday.

    Tyrus Thomas, left, and Derrick Rose greet people along Michigan Avenue on Wednesday. Photo courtesy Chicago Bulls

Published: 10/9/2008 12:00 AM

Ben Gordon got a late start to training camp and now could miss the Bulls' opening preseason games because of a jammed right big toe.

The fifth-year shooting guard skipped Wednesday's practice to visit the doctor, and coach Vinny Del Negro was unsure of Gordon's status for the two upcoming preseason games: tonight against Dallas at the United Center and Friday against Indiana in Fort Wayne.

Joakim Noah (eye) and Michael Ruffin (ankle) are not expected to play, but center Aaron Gray is available after recovering from an ankle sprain.

Gordon missed the first two days of training camp while waiting on a new contract. Eventually, he chose to sign the one-year qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent next summer. He missed part of Monday's practice with the toe injury, then participated in Tuesday's workout.

While discussing the toe injury, it was unclear whether or not Del Negro was joking when he said, "That furniture can be dangerous."

Coaching Italian style: Since he has never before coached in an NBA game, Vinny Del Negro had all summer to work on his sideline demeanor.

Will he stand or sit down? Stay calm or bark out instructions? Yell at the referees or be their friend?

"I'm Italian, what do you think?" Del Negro asked. "My style is evolving on a daily basis. But I'm not real patient. We'll have to wait and see."

Trick or treat: Asked if the rumors were true that he consumed little else but Gummi bears last year as a college student, Bulls rookie Derrick Rose admitted he had a weakness not only for Gummi bears but all candy.

"At Halloween, I'd take all my nieces' and nephews' candy," he said. "It hit me right when training camp started, I started to know I have to change things like eating, resting. Really, the game is a mental game. I had to get my IQ a little higher."

Bull horns: Seven of the eight Bulls preseason games will be televised on either Comcast Sports Net or Channel 9. The lone exception is Friday's game in Fort Wayne, Ind., against the Pacers. - Following Wednesday's practice at the United Center, Bulls players greeted fans and passed out schedules along North Michigan Avenue, then inside Water Tower Place.