Hinrich, Noah held out of practice again

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- For a second consecutive day, both Kirk Hinrich and Joakim Noah were held out of action during an afternoon where playing time was cut short because of a slippery court.

Coach Tom Thibodeau said Wednesday that Hinrich and Noah were dealing with "general soreness" that cropped up from the first few workouts of camp, and he did not expand on that Thursday. He did sound optimistic, though.

"Yeah, they're both better," Thibodeau said. "We just want to make sure they're completely healed."

Thobodeau did not say if either would be available for the preseason opener Saturday at Indiana, and didn't sound worried about it whether they could play.

"The way we look at it is training camp is the whole month," Thibodeau said. "I want to make sure they're completely healthy. We'll see where they are [Friday]. They were a lot better today. But the floor was real slippery so I didn't want them to go because of that."

The slippery conditions were apparently caused by increased humidity from weather conditions outside that caused condensation on the court. The Bulls will move from their suburban practice facility to one being built in a former United Center parking lot, and it's possible that climate-control issues will be addressed in the new facility.

"Whatever is thrown at us, we have to handle," Thibodeau said. "We got most of what we wanted to get done on the floor. It was probably a half-hour short. We jumped on the (exercise) bikes, watched film and then the guys got some extra shooting done. We didn't want to take any chances with the floor."

Derrick Rose knew all along that a slipper floor wasn't going to get the team out of a workout.

"We didn't get a chance to go up and down, so he stopped it and we got on the bike a little bit," Rose said. "But we went as hard as we can. We kept switching ends. You know Thibs, he doesn't care. He wasn't going to stop practicing or anything. We just kept switching ends like four or five times and then, he said, 'Forget it,' and we got on the bikes."