Tom Thibodeau was pleased --- but not delighted --- with what he saw from his team during the first practice of the 2011-12 season.
"It was the first day, so there was some good, some bad and obviously a lot to clean up," he said. "We have a baseline now. Overall, the energy was very good and the conditioning was better than I thought. We still have a long way to go with the conditioning but it was better than I thought. It's a start."
The Bulls practiced for three hours, which included a scrimmage, as one of Thibodeau's primary goals was to gauge how good of shape his players were in. He will continue that evaluation in coming days and adjust his training camp schedule accordingly. He also wanted players to start getting used to the more physical aspects of the game.
"The first thing is to see where we are conditioning wise and we'll determine our pace based on how we respond," he said. "There's a certain amount we can do on the floor. We'll watch tape, we'll have meetings but we have to be ready to play. Our focus is on having a great camp and being ready to start the season."
Derrick Rose was so excited about the first practice that he got to his Deerfield-area home three hours before it started to make sure everything was in order.
"We scrimmaged a little bit," he said. "He's just trying to get us playing and active on the floor. We were really moving the ball, playing hard. You could tell who was really working out and not getting out of shape because of the lockout."