Don’t worry. Joakim’s not pulling a Deron Williams on us. This is strictly a FIBA thing.
ESPNChicago’s Nick Freidell writes:
“Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is scheduled to leave for France on Monday to begin preparation for a stint with Team France in the FIBA World Championship in Lithuania, according to a source close to the situation. Noah, who has dual U.S. and French citizenship, is expected to be overseas for the next two months as the NBA lockout carries on. France opens play in the FIBA World Championship on Aug. 31 against Latvia. The tournament runs through Sept. 18.”
I’m okay with Noah’s decision. For one, it’s a rare scrap of actual Bulls news in the Summer of the Lockout. More than that, I’m hoping it will help keep Jo sharp and maybe allow him to expand his skills.
Don’t forget: Luol Deng played for the British National Team last summer and went on to have what may have been his best all-around season for the Bulls.