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Aside from Derrick Rose's recovery timeline, Joakim Noah's health is probably the biggest concern for Chicago in anticipating the upcoming NBA season. Without Noah, the team will undoubtedly struggle in its already short-staffed run at the postseason.
Noah may not be the star in Chicago—we'll leave that role to Rose—but he is a role player and a crucial guy to have beneath the basket. Prior to injuring his ankle in the playoffs, Noah posted averages of 10.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
He's especially agile for a big man, and losing him immediately after Rose was a huge blow to the Bulls. His aggressiveness and blocking ability is also invaluable, and it would be nearly impossible for Chicago to make this year's playoffs if Noah doesn't stay healthy.
According to Noah, the ankle is not yet 100 percent.
"My ankle is feeling a lot better," Noah said (via ESPN). "It's not 100 percent. I'm rehabbing it in NYC. It's one of the reasons that I'm not playing in the Olympics this year, to make sure it's 100 percent for the NBA season."
Training camp will be a good test of Noah's current condition and hopefully give Chicago a more exact time frame for a complete recovery.