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With Carlos Boozer Sidelined, Joakim Noah Expects To Play Power Forward

The Bulls and new head coach Tom Thibodeau are adjusting to life without the injured Carlos Boozer for the next eight weeks or so, which involves shuffling playing rotations around to fill Boozer’s expected 30-plus minutes per night at power forward. A possible solution is to move starting center Joakim Noah to that position for a few minutes per game, which K.C. Johnson reports could be a possibility:

Noah said Thibodeau has told him he also will play some power forward with Boozer out.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

At 6-foot-11, Noah has the size of a typical center, but he’s athletic and mobile enough to play power forward, attributes which Thibodeau evidently has noticed.

It’s possible the Bulls could pair Noah with rookie center Omer Asik, a true 7-footer, in a huge frontline on occasion. Other players likely to see a minutes uptick with Boozer sidelined include veteran free-agent signees Brian Scalabrine and Kurt Thomas, as well as second-year man Taj Gibson.