MIAMI (Sporting Alert) — Joakim Noah has been cleared to start for the Chicago Bulls in tonight’s NBA season opener against the defending champions Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena.
Noah was listed as questionable for the game because of a groin injury, but after declaring himself fit to play the star center will be on the court for the opening tip.
The game also sees the return of point guard Derrick Rose and he joins the developing Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer as the complete Chicago Bulls starting lineup.
Meanwhile, for the Heat, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers are the starting guards, as expected, while LeBron James and Udonis Haslem start at forward.
Chris Bosh is the starting center.
The Miami Heat are hunting their third successive NBA title after winning in 2012 and 2013.
Chicago Bulls Team: Jimmy Butler – G, Derrick Rose – G, Luol Deng – F, Carlos Boozer – F, Joakim Noah – C
Miami Heat Team: Dwyane Wade – G, Mario Chalmers – G, LeBron James – F, Udonis Haslem – F, Chris Bosh – C