Derrick Rose arrived first, entering the United Center shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday for a scheduled workout and rehabilitation session.
Joakim Noah was next, sauntering through a parking lot shortly after noon in baggy shorts.
A stretch luxury vehicle disgorged the esteemed guest shortly before 1 p.m. Electronic signage of his likeness in a No. 7 Bulls jersey festooned the United Center and greeted Carmelo Anthony, as did a smattering of fans milling around the Michael Jordan statue.
But perhaps the biggest moment of the Bulls' pitch for the six-time All-Star free agent came when Taj Gibson made his typically unassuming entrance at roughly 2:15 p.m.