Joakim Noah returns to Bulls practice

Updated: October 24, 2010, 4:31 PM ET
By Nick Friedell |

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Joakim Noah was back at practice Sunday afternoon after missing the Chicago Bulls' final two preseason games because of the flu.

Noah admitted that after missing the past few days of practice, his conditioning isn't where he wants it to be.

"Not great, but it's OK. [I] got through it," the Bulls center said. "I think we got better today. I'm not 100 percent, but I'm feeling better and we got a couple days so [I'm] very excited for the season to start."

Coach Tom Thibodeau isn't ready to reveal his starting lineup, but he doesn't see any reason why Noah wouldn't be ready to play when the Bulls open the regular season in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.

Noah feels the same way and believes his team has a few things to clean up before the regular season opener.

"[We need to] just really focus in on what we're trying to do on stopping some of [Oklahoma City's] key guys," Noah said. "They're a pretty good team. They have a lot of offensive power and it's on us to try and slow them down a little bit, by knowing their schemes and things like that."

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for and ESPN 1000.

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