Tough times require tough leader

CHICAGO -- Times are tough in Tom Thibodeau’s basketball fiefdom.

Taj Gibson is out, Rip Hamilton is out, Luol Deng has a busted-up jaw and Nate Robinson's shot-selection chip is forever on the fritz.

As for Derrick Rose's return, well, Godot has a clearer arrival date than Derrick Rose.

Forward Lou Amundson just signed a 10-day contract and that qualifies for good news right now.

After two years living it up atop the Eastern Conference, the Bulls are angling for playoff position with the plebians and the schedule is only getting tougher.

But through all the turmoil, Thibodeau has one guy he can count on, Joakim Noah.

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