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March 28, 2014 Updates

Toni Kukoc doesn't know when or if Nikola Mirotic will leave Real Madrid to join the Bulls. What Kukoc does know, as well as anyone, is what Mirotic will experience if he opts for the NBA. "Thank God Scottie and Michael are not here to torture him," Kukoc said with a laugh during a phone conversation. That, of course, would be Pippen and Jordan. Kukoc bore the brunt of the enmity the Hall of Famers had for general manager Jerry Krause relentlessly endorsing Kukoc during the 1992 Olympics. The pair ultimately embraced Kukoc as an essential piece in the second three-peat. Chicago Tribune

Mirotic won't face such a dynamic. What the Montenegro native will have to overcome are challenges that extend far beyond making baskets. "A lot more games. A lot more travel. Different language. Different food," Kukoc said. "It's a lot." Chicago Tribune

March 27, 2014 Updates

Chicago Bulls star Carlos Boozer has filed for divorce ... for the second time ... from the same woman. TMZ Sports has learned ... Boozer filed legal docs in Miami last week, alleging his marriage to Cindy Boozer was "irretrievably broken." TMZ.com

Joakim Noah’s ‘Dream Team’ starting 5: Center: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; Power Forward: Dirk Nowitzki; Small Forward: Corey Brewer; Shooting Guard: Michael Jordan; Point Guard: Magic Johnson. beyondthebuzzer.com

Joakim Noah named his “Dream Team” starting 5 during an interview with Rick Fox for NBA “Off The Court” series on Wednesday. His pick at the small forward position? Former college teammate, Corey Brewer. Yes, Corey Brewer of the Minnesota Timberwolves who has career averages of 9.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 1.6 apg. “At the 3, I’ll put my main man Corey Brewer. Just because, you know, going back to college, got to give my boy some love. I think he’d be a good locker room guy, he’d be good for Kareem and Dirk. You know, those guys are quiet guys.” beyondthebuzzer.com

But all along, the Bulls and Rose expressed hope he could return to the practice court before season’s end. And coach Tom Thibodeau said after Wednesday’s practice at the Berto Center that Rose has begun participating in non-contact drills. This always has been part of the plan. “He’s moving along fine,” Thibodeau said. “He has picked it up a little bit. But there’s still no contact. He’s out for the year, but he’s doing well.” Chicago Tribune

Rose’s rehabilitation has gone smoothly, and he has been gradually increasing his running and individual workouts over the last several weeks. Performing non-contact drills with teammates is consistent with Rose being around more during this rehabilitation, which is less rigorous and time-consuming than recovering from ACL surgery. Chicago Tribune

March 26, 2014 Updates

Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau says star Derrick Rose has been participating in non-contact drills in practice as he tries to work his way back from his second major knee injury. Thibodeau also told reporters at practice Wednesday that the former MVP point guard will not play again this season, something the organization has said several times since he went down. USA Today Sports

March 25, 2014 Updates

Following an 89-77 victory over first-place Indiana on Monday night, Noah said the Bulls think they are capable of competing with anyone in the East, be it the Pacers or defending champion Miami Heat. "We feel like we can go at anybody, we can beat anybody, when we're hungry. Stay humble and keep grinding," Noah said. "I said right after the game, 'I'm excited about having an opportunity to play these guys again.' " The season series with the Pacers is over -- the teams split four games and the home team won each one -- so another meeting would have to come in the playoffs. "It was real physical; my body is sore right now," Bulls forward Taj Gibson said. "That's the kind of games we play against our rivals, playoff basketball. That's going to happen." ESPN.com

The Pacers, who were led by Paul George's 21 points, have dropped three straight and six of eight on the road. They've lost four of five at the United Center, including both visits this season. "Give them credit, as their defense is elite," George said. "You need quick strikes and fast breaks to beat it." ESPN.com

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