Keith Bogans to start for Bulls
DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Keith Bogans will start at shooting guard for the Chicago Bulls when they open the season Wednesday on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder, coach Tom Thibodeau announced Monday.
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"He's just been solid," Thibodeau said. "He's done all the things we expected of him. He's a very good defensive player, spreads the floor so he can shoot the 3. He's a tough competitor. He's earned it."
Bogans beat out Ronnie Brewer, who suffered from a hamstring injury during the preseason.
"It surprised me, too," Bogans said. "But, like I said, I came in I worked hard and no matter if I come off the bench or if I start, I'm going to still play the same way."
Bogans started 59 games for the San Antonio Spurs last season. He was signed as a free agent to provide leadership, defense and 3-point shooting.
"I think Keith is somebody who understands Thibs' system," Joakim Noah said. "He's played for him before [in Houston], and he's a vet who understands what it takes to win and I enjoy playing with him."
Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com.