Joakim Noah Injury: Updates on Bulls Star's Knee and Recovery

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Joakim Noah Injury: Updates on Bulls Star's Knee and Recovery
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Updates from Friday, June 27

ESPN's Nick Friedell has an update on Noah's status:

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is "doing well" in his rehab from arthroscopic left knee surgery, according to Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, but the All-Star center still hasn't started running again. 

"As you guys know, this is Joakim's time to travel the world so he's everywhere right now," Thibodeau said during ESPN 1000's draft show on Thursday night. "He's doing well, though. He's done a good job with his rehab. He comes in, we see him about once a week. But he's everywhere and he's done a good job so we think he's in a really good place. Right now he's lifting and he's doing some shooting, but he can't run yet. Just some conditioning in the pool. All the things he normally does this time of the year. But he's doing real well."

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The Chicago Bulls' early playoff exit could potentially turn out to be a blessing in disguise for All-Star center Joakim Noah, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Friday, just three days into the Bulls offseason.

The team's official Twitter account confirmed the surgery:

According to Bulls.com, the procedure was performed by team physician Dr. Brian Cole and will require the 29-year-old to rehab the knee for the next eight to 12 weeks. 

The reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Noah was extremely durable this past season, starting 80 regular-season games for Chicago and appearing in all five of the Bulls' postseason games against the Washington Wizards. 

As ESPN Stats & Info notes, Noah struggled to defend the Wizards' big men in the postseason, perhaps as a result of his left knee issues:

With an entire offseason to recover, the Bulls and their fans can be confident that Noah will be ready and 100 percent in time for the start of the 2014-15 season.

After averaging a career-high 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game in 2013-14, the two-time All-Star is expected to play a key role for the Bulls next year as they prepare to welcome franchise point guard Derrick Rose back to the lineup and return to the top of the Eastern Conference.

 

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