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Deng out 'a while,' Gibson may sit vs. Magic

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Just when it seemed the Bulls injury woes couldn't get any worse, guess what? It got worse.

The Bulls announced Wednesday that forward Luol Deng (strained right calf) will be out "a while" and figures to miss at least two games after an MRI this morning confirmed the injury.

"He has a little calf issue, a little strain," coach Vinny Del Negro said of Deng. "We'll see how he feels, but I think he's gonna be out for a while. I don't know how long."

Also, rookie Taj Gibson is questionable for Thursday's game against the Orlando Magic with plantar fasciitis in both feet. Gibson has been playing with the injury since training camp, but was noticeably hampered in Tuesday's loss against the Utah Jazz. He was scoreless with one rebound before fouling out in 12 minutes.

"I don't know yet," Del Negro said when asked if Gibson would play against the Magic. "His plantar fasciitis was really acting up and he was sore and I sat him today.

"We really have to find some bodies. Maybe we'll just play small tomorrow. Real small. I don't know yet. But it's hard to do that when you have that guy in the middle down in Orlando."

Rookie James Johnson will start in place of Deng on Thursday. If Gibson can't play, Hakim Warrick likely would move into the lineup.

Center Brad Miller sat out Wednesday's practice with a left thumb injury, but is expected to play against the Magic.

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First let me say, I am a Chicago Bull's fan way back to the beginning when they were not even called the Bulls, just in case anyone questions my loyality. I hate to see the Bulls operating like a farm team for the NBA's teams like they have been doing since the championship teams of the 90's. This season they are not going anywhere without a young and experienced center and I don't like all the pressure that's put on Noah--who is really a potentially great power forward--if they don't ruin his career by forcing him to play hurt.
Let's face it, Chicago is going no where in this year's playoffs and this reality gives the team time now to give valuable playing time to develop Johnson and Alexander--two high first round picks who have not been given an opportunity to prove themselves. Why ruin Deng and Gibson for next year by continuously playing them injured also. Deng, Gibson, and Noah are 3 proven potential great pieces the team needs in order to advance. Miller is even playing hurt--is this how management wants to prove that it makes championships and not players.

It was reported today the Chris Bosh cut his leg to see what was wrong inside--which eliminates him as being one of next summer's superstars to go after. Wade will stay in Florida for tax reason's and James will not go anywhere if he is smart--Especially, not to Chicago where there is a green coach and no good young center. So the best thing Chicago can do is loose most of their final games this season and try to get lucky and win a high lottery pick.

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