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One night last July, when Bulls general manager Gar Forman stayed late at the Berto Center as the phone wouldn't stop ringing, the ball started bouncing.

On the court below Forman's office, he saw new coach Tom Thibodeau beginning a rigorous workout of individual drills with center Joakim Noah. It was well past 8 on a weeknight. The Bulls were months away from starting training camp and several players away from filling their roster.

It was symbolic of where the Chicago Scenario that Bobcats owner Michael Jordan said he wants his team to duplicate truly began, in an empty practice gym filled to capacity with commitment.

The best thing about the Chicago Scenario is it includes no acting at all.

In 13 years of doing this, I can tell you that's pretty rare for a head coach to do what Tom did,'' Forman recalled Thursday. "What struck me was he would work around the summer schedules of Joakim or other players to get them one-on-one. It didn't have to be, 'OK, be here at 10 a.m.' That laid the groundwork.'',0,7938796.column
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