Since I’ve posted lots of injury news for various Bulls players this season — Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, rookie Taj Gibson, etc. — it seems only fair to give the other rookie his due. To wit: James Johnson started and logged 25 minutes in last night’s game against the Pistons despite a partially torn plantar fascia in his right foot.
From the Chicago Tribune: “If I tear it completely, I’m out for a month. But if I rest, I’d be out a month anyway. I’m going to go until the wheel is all the way flat.”
Wow. Talk about taking one for the team.
The Chicago Sun-Times had a minor addition to that quote: ”I’m just gonna grind it out for the rest of the year.”
I don’t know if it was coincidence, but the paragraph immediately following Johnson’s “grind it out” quote mentioned that the Bulls need Johnson’s size at small forward because Luol Deng is out indefinitely with a strained calf muscle. I have a bad feeling that if Deng doesn’t play again this season and the Bulls end up missing the playoffs, we may be in for a whole new wave of “Deng is soft and we need to get rid of him” complaints.
Thanks to By the Horns reader Brad S. for the head’s up.
Update! By the Horns reader and guest poster Tony C. wrote in to say: “At the risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist…three players on the Bulls have suffered from plantar fasciitis issues, two of which have been fairly serious? I know that it is not an uncommon ailment, but I can’t help wondering whether the highly-paid trainers and physiotherapists in the organization are really doing their jobs well. In any case, it seems like an odd coincidence to me.”