On KG not playing in first round:
''I'll believe it when I see it,'' Bulls forward John Salmons said. ''I'm not buying it.''
'Kevin could say all of a sudden he feels better and wants to play 20 minutes, [so] we'll prepare for both ways just to cover our bases,'' coach Vinny Del Negro said. ''That's the smart thing to do.
Like most coaches on the eve of a playoff series, Del Negro had kind words for a lot of guys in green:
"There's a lot to worry about, not just Kevin. [Kendrick] Perkins has hurt us. Leon Powe, Glen Davis, Mikki Moore — they have a very strong team. Kevin missed 20-some games, and they still won . They're the defending world champs. They're battle-tested. They have home court. We haven't played well there at all. We have our hands full. But we'll prepare and get after it.''
Mikki Moore? That's proof Del Negro is full of it. Just kidding Mikki – we love you.