Joakim Noah Injury: Updates on Bulls Star's Groin, Likely Return Date
Noah was in the starting lineup for Opening Night against the Heat.
From KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:
For the first time ever, the Bulls are starting Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 29, 2013
From K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:
Hinrich said he's playing vs. Heat. Thibodeau wouldn't say whether Noah starts or not.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 29, 2013
From Nick Friedell of ESPN.com:
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah says he is "100 percent" ready to play against the Miami Heat in Tuesday's regular season opener.
"I feel pretty good," Noah said. "[Practice is] different than a game but I feel good and I'm really excited about Tuesday."
Noah said he really didn't consider actually sitting out against the Heat.
"I think if my groin was still bothering me we'd have to talk about it because I didn't want it to linger on all season," he said. "It would have been really tough to sit out a game that I've been waiting for all summer. I've been training for this game all summer. So it would have been tough but we got to think big picture."
Friedell added in a tweet that Noah could potentially miss the Bulls' season opener against the Miami Heat on Tuesday:
Noah admits it's possible he could miss first game in Miami but is still holding out hope he can play.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) October 23, 2013
Head coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed that Noah has been shut down for about a week as he looks to reach 100 percent before the start of another grueling 82-game regular season, per Friedell:
He's got a little soreness, so we want to make sure we get that taken care of. Probably another week or so, but we just want to make sure he's completely healthy before we move forward.
It's better, but it's not where we'd like it to be. We want it completely healthy where he's doesn't feel it, and right now he's still feels it, so we got to take care of that.
Chicago will need Noah to be healthy this year if it has hopes of competing for an NBA championship.
The veteran big man averaged 11.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots per game last season for the Bulls and was a huge reason why Chicago was able to push the Heat to five games in the Eastern Conference semifinals without Derrick Rose.
Noah has appeared in just on preseason game this October, scoring two points, reeling in eight rebounds and blocking three shots in 20 minutes of action against the Detroit Pistons on Oct. 16.
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