Joakim Noah has been playing injured, battling on the court against opposing teams, and against painful plantar fasciitis. He will sit out, and rest up until after the all-star break. Plantar fasciitis is a tricky injury to overcome and rest doesn't guarantee he will come back completely healthy.
The bulls will certainly miss Noah's energy, hustle, rebounding, and defense, in his absence. Brad Miller who has been battling his own injuries will take over for Noah. Miller doesn't bring the defense and energy to the table that Joakim does. After winning five games in a row against winning teams on the road, the bulls have lost 2 in a row against very beatable teams. The immediate future of the bulls doesn't look too bright at this point. Derrick Rose has been carrying the team lately and is developing nicely, but with inconsistent play from the rest of the team, and Noah sitting on the bench their isn't too much room for optimism at this point, unless the bulls can pull of a trade for an all-star quality player like Amare Stoudemire.