Whether Ben Gordon is able to play in his homecoming will be a game-time decision.
Following the Detroit Pistons' shootaround this morning at the United Center, Gordon wasn't sure if he'd be able to play against the Bulls tonight because of a sprained left ankle.
"I don't know," he said. "I was able to do a little more in shootaround today than I was [Tuesday]. I'm just gonna come back tonight, see how it feels and see if I can make some game-time cuts and things like that and go from there."
After spending the first five seasons of his career playing for the Bulls in the UC, Gordon admitted it was strange walking into the building with the Pistons.
"It's different," he said. "It's a new experience for me. I'm sure it'll be exciting here tonight. But right now, I'm just focused on getting healthy and seeing if I can play tonight."
Gordon was mostly diplomatic when asked if he was upset the Bulls didn't make a harder push to keep him. But he did answer candidly when asked if he feels the Bulls have filled his former role with the team.
"I don't think so," he said. "I've watched a few games. At the end, especially with the addition of [Derrick Rose] a year ago, there were two guys who could make big, big shots. And now, it looks like it's only him. John [Salmons] can make big shots and Luol [Deng] can make big shots.
"But last year, the team relied on me and D-Rose to make plays down the stretch. It looks like it's only him right now. But I'm sure they'll be fine with the guys they have."