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Brewer sits out practice

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The Bulls haven't had any significant injuries so far in training camp, but shooting guard Ronnie Brewer has spent much of the first three days on the sidelines with a slight strain of the right hamstring.

"Each day he's getting better, so he's doing more each day," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "He's doing some stuff. He hasn't done any of the contact yet, but he's coming along fine."

The Bulls say they are merely being cautious. Brewer suffered a partial tear of the same hamstring last season.

Center Joakim Noah has a slight ankle sprain, but participated in the entire three-hour workout today.

Bulls bring referees to camp

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During the first two days of training camp at the Berto Center, the Bulls have used referees to make calls during scrimmages.

"We're striving to get it as game like as possible, so we're fortunate Ronnie Olesiak, who was an NBA official for a long time and one of the best officials in the history of the league [lives in the area]," coach Tom Thibodeau said.

"It's great for us and it also tells our players how things are gonna be called. All the little things, screening, traveling, he's right on top of it, so I think it helps prepare us for the season."

The officials, presumably, aren't calling technical fouls during the scrimmages, but Thibodeau wants his players aware that the league office has instructed the officials to crack down on excessive complaining by calling more technicals.

"It's a point of emphasis, so we want to play smart," he said. "We know we can't overreact to a tough call. We have to keep our poise and that's one of the things we talked about in our meeting."

Media Day highlights

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The Bulls officially kicked off training camp this afternoon with media day at the Berto Center. Here are some quotes from a few of the particulars as the team prepares for the first practice Tuesday morning:

GENERAL MANAGER GAR FORMAN:

On the state of the organization:

"This is obviously a very exciting time for us. I know our players are excited, our staff's excited, and really, there's feeling within the building that there could be something special developing here long term."

On the team's biggest offseason acquisition, power forward Carlos Boozer:

"We were looking for someone who could score in the low post, and not only score but someone that we could play through in the low post. We were thrilled to get Carlos Boozer. We think he can fit with the personnel that we have on our team, in particular Derrick Rose."

On new coach Tom Thibodeau:

"There's no doubt in my mind that our team is gonna be coached to their potential. [But] with seven new players and a new coaching staff, there are gonna be some bumps in the road."

COACH TOM THIBODEAU:

On his first training camp as a head coach:
"I'm very excited. Obviously, I was not going to leave Boston unless it was a great opportunity and they had everything I was looking for - a good young nucleus, cap space to add players through free agency and a good group of guys. I love the type of guys that we have. They've been great to be around and I'm anxious to get started."

On his offense:

"We're going to start with our defense and our rebounding. I believe if you do those things well, it puts you in the open floor and you obviously want to play with pace, trying to get as many easy baskets as possible. So we want to push the ball up court and the first thing we're looking for are layups and dunks. The second thing is post ups and the third thing will be open jump shots. But we want to play with a quick pace, we want to play inside and out and we want to play unselfishly."


POINT GUARD DERRICK ROSE:

On his expectations heading into the season:

"The way I look at it, why can't I be the best player in the league? Why can't I be the MVP?"

On the state of the Bulls following the offseason makeover:

"I think we're good. I don't think we need any more pieces or anything."

CENTER JOAKIM NOAH:

On his feelings heading into camp:

"I feel I'm very prepared. I've worked hard [in the offseason], harder than I ever did before."

On his feet after suffering with plantar fasciitis much of the second half last season:

"My feet feel great. I've got a new shoe. It's not only funky looking but it's comfortable and it's light."

On his Rose's comment about wanting to be the best:

"Derrick is an unbelievable talent and things have really changed around here since he's been in Chicago. If Derrick feels that way, that's good for us."

On new backup center Omer Asik:

"Omer is someone who's gonna bring a lot to this team. The World Championships was a great experience for him. He's very big. I've got to play a couple of pickup games with him. He's going to have to adjust, but I think he's someone who can help us."

On working with Thibodeau during the offseason:

"I did all my work with Thibs, so I know where he wants me to catch the ball and where he wants me to attack."

On the Miami Heat:

"There's been so much talk this offseason and all we're doing is talking. I'm ready to play. Who knows how Miami is gonna be? Can we compete with those guys? I hope so, but we have a lot of questions, too.

"There's been a lot of talking. Let's just go out there and play."

POWER FORWARD CARLOS BOOZER:

On the team:

"We have a great group of guys. Coach Thibs, Gar and Pax [John Paxson] put together a team of great guys. We don't have any head cases."

On how long it will take the seven new players to blend in with the holdovers:

"I don't know how long it'll take, but as long as we're working hard, we'll be OK."

Despite rumors, Noah wants to stay with Bulls

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According to multiple sources and media reports, the Bulls are among three or four teams with a realistic chance of trading for perennial All-Star Carmelo Anthony, but right now the main stumbling block is they don't want to include center Joakim Noah in a deal.

While making an appearance Wednesday at Lathrop Elementary School on the West Side, Noah was asked if it was flattering that the Bulls were unwilling to part with him even to land someone considered to be among the top-five players in the NBA.

"Who told you that?" Noah said to the questioner, implying that Bulls management hasn't conveyed that sentiment to him.

"I also understand what kind of a player Carmelo Anthony is. We'll see what happens. I'm trying to stay positive and I'm really excited about the upcoming season. I can't control what happens in this situation."

For now, Noah is regarding the rumors simply as a part of day-to-day life in the NBA.

"It happens," he said. "A lot of guys on our team have dealt with things like this. I remember my rookie year some things were going on with Kobe Bryant possibly coming.

"A lot of it, who knows? I'm not the one up there [at the Berto Center] every day, I'm not the one getting calls, so I don't know what's true, what's a rumor and what's not.

"My goal is, I want to stay in Chicago. I think we can really do something special and I hope I can be a part of it."

The biggest danger for the Bulls is the situation could develop into a huge distraction like three years ago when the Bulls were rumored to be close to making a deal for Bryant and it negatively affected the play of a few players?

"There are a lot of distractions out there," Noah said. "There are distractions on the court. You know, these kids deal with distractions every day, joining gangs. Those are real serious issues. For me, it's just what team I'm going to go to. There are bigger issues in Chicago than where I'm going to be playing."

Despite rumors, Noah wants to stay with Bulls

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According to multiple sources and media reports, the Bulls are among three or four teams with a realistic chance of trading for perennial All-Star Carmelo Anthony, but right now the main stumbling block is they don't want to include center Joakim Noah in a deal.

While making an appearance Wednesday at Lathrop Elementary School on the West Side, Noah was asked if it was flattering that the Bulls were unwilling to part with him even to land someone considered to be among the top-five players in the NBA.

"Who told you that?" Noah said to the questioner, implying that Bulls management hasn't conveyed that sentiment to him.

"I also understand what kind of a player Carmelo Anthony is. We'll see what happens. I'm trying to stay positive and I'm really excited about the upcoming season. I can't control what happens in this situation."

For now, Noah is regarding the rumors simply as a part of day-to-day life in the NBA.

"It happens," he said. "A lot of guys on our team have dealt with things like this. I remember my rookie year some things were going on with Kobe Bryant possibly coming.

"A lot of it, who knows? I'm not the one up there [at the Berto Center] every day, I'm not the one getting calls, so I don't know what's true, what's a rumor and what's not.

"My goal is, I want to stay in Chicago. I think we can really do something special and I hope I can be a part of it."

The biggest danger for the Bulls is the situation could develop into a huge distraction like three years ago when the Bulls were rumored to be close to making a deal for Bryant and it negatively affected the play of a few players?

"There are a lot of distractions out there," Noah said. "There are distractions on the court. You know, these kids deal with distractions every day, joining gangs. Those are real serious issues. For me, it's just what team I'm going to go to. There are bigger issues in Chicago than where I'm going to be playing."

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