When asked about the Bulls’ chemistry, something that’s obviously still in the process of forming, All-Star center Joakim Noah brought another subject into the equation.

“Everybody has something to say. It’s funny. This isn’t math, you know what I mean? Just because he averages 25 points and this guy averages 12 points, and this guy averages 20 points and 10 rebounds, that’s not how basketball works. You don’t add those together and that’s what we’re going to get. It’s basketball,” he explained after Sunday’s practice at the Berto Center. “I think our starting unit before this season had never played a game together. So I think we’re all learning we’re all playing together. I think it’s going to get better every game. There’s no excuses. We’re being patient, we’re working hard and we’re excited about tomorrow.”

Regardless of whether it has anything to do with science, math or neither discipline, it’s clear that the Bulls are still jelling and perhaps taking longer than expected to do so. One could point to Derrick Rose’s slow start to the regular season, Noah getting up to speed after playing in only one preseason game or Jimmy Butler adjusting to being full-time starter, but with so many familiar faces on the roster, the Bulls were expected to be a cohesive unit, not one averaging 19 turnovers a game in their 2-3 start to the campaign.

“Offensively, I think we have to get the turnovers down. If they’re live ball turnovers, it’s hard to get your defense set. So that’s something that needs to be corrected. The first thing you have to do is eliminate all the ways you beat yourselves,” Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Football, its fumbles. Baseball, its errors and walks. Basketball, its turnovers.

“Usually it’s trying to thread the needle. Turnovers usually fall into one of two categories, either trying to thread the needle or too much one-on-one. You want to try to minimize those and ideally have 13 or less,” he continued. “You get chemistry from working together, playing together and practicing together.”

“We didn’t do that in the preseason. Now we’ve gotten guys back and we need to keep working.”

Thibodeau has insisted that Rose’s early-season struggles will eventually cease, but for the time being, the coach wants his point guard to make sound decisions when faced with the constant double-teams he sees on a nightly basis.