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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bulls Injury Update: Joakim Noah has yet to play basketball since surgery


By on 10/01/2014 12:00:00 AM

With all the disappointment Rose’s injuries have brought the Chicago Bulls over the past few seasons, the one silver lining on the team has been the play of Joakim Noah. That’s why the news that Noah hasn’t been playing basketball since his surgery in the offseason is hard to stomach.

According to the Chicago Bulls Twitter account, Noah had this to say about his upcoming season with the Bulls:
I think your fans are hoping there will be no limitations either. Being honest, watching the Bulls play without Noah, or a fully healthy Noah for that matter, is worse than watching without Rose. That’s right I said it - I prefer Noah to Rose. Deal with it.

On a positive note, despite not being able to play since the surgery, Bulls GM Gar Forman said this of Noah’s health during the team’s media day yesterday, as reported on Twitter by K.C. Johnson of chicagotribune.com:
“His rehab has gone great. Everything’s been positive.”
Noah may not be as fast or talented as Derrick, but Noah plays and leads by example. He’s the kind of player that every coach wants because he gives 110% every game. Last year Noah averaged 12.6 PTS, 11.3 REB and 5.4 AST to go along with 1.2 STL and 1.5 BLK. Imagine if Noah was able get a few more touches, resulting in maybe four or five more points a game? He would be in the MVP race every year.


The Bulls first pre-season game is scheduled for Oct. 6, when they take on the dangerously improved Washington Wizards at the United Center at 7:00 PM EST.

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