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News » Bulls play Pacers tonight before heading to London

Bulls play Pacers tonight before heading to London

Bulls play Pacers tonight before heading to London The first six days of training camp were productive and mostly uneventful for the Bulls . They got into a regular routine and were able to focus on work with few distractions.

That all ends today when the Bulls begin a whirlwind six-day stretch that certainly will disrupt the repetitive nature of training camp.

After a practice this morning at the Berto Center, the Bulls were scheduled to fly to Indianapolis at 2 p.m. and play their first preseason game tonight against the Indiana Pacers.

They'll return home after the game, but it won't be much more than a layover. At 5 p.m. on Saturday, they fly to London, where they'll have two days of practices, clinics and other events before playing the Utah Jazz in a preseason game on Tuesday.

''With the time change, the jet lag and everything involved, you lose a little practice time,'' Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said. ''We started [camp] a little bit earlier.

''I think it'll be a good time for the guys to get together and enjoy the trip. I know Luol's looking forward to it. We'll look at it as a positive and have our concentration down when we need to go to work.''

Forward Luol Deng, a native of the Sudan, spent much of his childhood in London after his family was granted political asylum in England. He recently became a British citizen and will serve as the team's unofficial host.

''I've never been before,'' guard Derrick Rose said. ''I'm excited to make my first trip over there. Joakim [Noah] and Lu always go over there, and I know they're gonna show me a good time over there.''

The trip, though, will be anything but a vacation for the Bulls . They're scheduled to arrive in London at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday, then will take an hour bus ride to the team hotel. The players will barely have enough time to grab a quick meal and unpack before they head to the practice court.

''I've talked to enough coaches that have done it, and I feel with the way our schedule is, let's get right to it, let's get the mind-set right on the trip,'' Del Negro said. ''Keep them up so they don't go right back to sleep and try to get adjusted to the time [change] as quickly as possible. We need to put the work in.''

The Bulls return to Chicago on Wednesday but don't return to the Berto Center court until Friday.

NOTE: The Bulls reduced their roster to 16 Thursday by waiving center Steven Hill, a 7-footer who played at Arkansas.

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