Bulls can be good enough minus Noah

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Lest we forget, the last time we discussed a Joakim Noah injury and whether or not the Bulls center should have been playing with it, John Paxson and Vinny Del Negro nearly came to blows.

So this is not déjà vu.

More like déjà whew.

Not that it is ever good news when the heart, soul and longest limbs of your franchise goes down and has to undergo surgery on his shooting hand, but this feels -- and is -- entirely different than last season. Not good, but not necessarily disastrous either.

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