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Friday, October 24, 2014

Bulls Injury Update: Joakim Noah's knee issues continue


By on 10/24/2014 08:03:00 AM

Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls had minor surgery on his knee last May; He was expected to be perfectly healthy by the beginning of the season but that may not be the case, according to NBA.com.
Noah spoke candidly about his injury to the Chicago Sun-Times:
I still have a ways to go. ... It's fine. It's a work in progress. It's getting better. I'm happy with where it's at. Let me live, man. Jeez. ... [No pain] at all. In the beginning, I was a little bit more uncomfortable, I was a little limited. I still have to get my strength back, I have to get the strength back in my leg. Just trying to manage practicing, playing. But overall I'm happy with where it's at. 
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau may have to put his reigning Defensive Player of the Year on a minute restriction, as well as the 2011 MVP Derrick Rose, according to ESPN:
We'll just see how it goes. We've got some guys where it's a situation where they need to work, they need to play. But they also need to do what they can handle. It all plays into it. ... We're moving in the right direction.
Coach Thibs also spoke about Noah's health specifically:
He's a work in progress. I think he's starting to feel better. You can see his timing is coming around. For him, that was his first back-to-back. That was good. He has to work at it.
Noah was able to play 23 minutes in the Bulls most recent game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He recorded six points, seven rebounds and five assists on 50 percent shooting. Chicago squares off tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves, so we'll get another look at Noah's performance.

The two-time All-Star has career averages of 9.9 points and 9.4 rebounds through seven years in the NBA.

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