Derrick Rose will play tonight against the New York Knicks at the United Center, but center Joakim Noah still is a question mark.
"His foot's a little bit sore," Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said of Noah. "So we'll probably be a little bit cautious and get him some rest, but I want to wait and see."
Noah missed the last four games before the All-Star break because of plantar fasciitis of the left foot and may be held out a bit longer.
"We're going to look at that," Del Negro said. "Just give him some more rest for the next two, three, four, five [games]. It just depends. The plantar fasciitis is very difficult [to get rid of]. He's feeling better. He's not where he'd like to be and we want to be smart about it."
Noah wants to play, but realizes it might be better to rest a bit more.
"It's tough because I hate sitting," Noah said. "I want to be out there with the guys and I want to help the team, but you also have to do the right thing. It's not a question of one or two games. You have to look at the big picture and I want to be ready when it really counts. I don't want to rush it, come early and then feel the way I was 10 days ago when I was just limping around on the court. Even though I want to be out there, I have to be smart about it."
The Bulls re-signed forward/center Chris Richard to a second 10-day contract on Monday. Richard has been backing up Brad Miller in Noah's absence.