Joakim Noah won’t be playing for France

From ESPNChicago:

“Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has returned to Chicago to rehabilitate a previous ankle injury in Chicago after medical exams for the European Championships caught the attention of France’s basketball federation. Noah’s condition surfaced while players were taking medical exams in Paris last week, according to FIBA’s website, which first reported that Noah would have to rehab the ankle.”

Remember: Noah originally suffered that ankle injury on March 28.

I have to admit it worries me that Joakim’s ankle is still injured seriously enough to prevent him from competing in a FIBA tournament. Shouldn’t this problem have been uncovered by Chicago’s medical staff? In which case Jo could have been rehabbing ever since the Bulls’ season ended back on May 26…almost two months ago.

I’m not trying to stoke controversy or anything. But I really, really don’t like this team’s history of lingering injuries and somewhat unreliable diagnoses. Guys on this team seem to get hurt and stay hurt. Every season.

Or at least that’s how it seems.

4 Responses to Joakim Noah won’t be playing for France

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    Troot July 22, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    It seems he might play after all… (after ten days of rehab) Well, at least that’s what he said in today French sportspaper “L’equipe”.
    The same thing already occured a few days ago : Mike pietrus left the team when exams revealed a knee injury, dating back from march, that required surgery. And he played in phoenix last year, one of the nba best medical staff…

    Every year, building a national team with nba players is just a pain in the ass. Insurances are so effing annoying…

  2. Brian July 23, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    you totally linked to ‘somewhat unreliable diagnoses’ for those of us that didn’t get to appreciate your ownage of “Dr.” Bob Malick, didn’t you?

    hell, i know i would’ve. haha.

    luvabullnj July 25, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    Yeah. Uh Oh! Hopefully the two months still remaining before the start of camp in October will be enough to get Noah back to 100% healthy.

    For all those who want to trade Taj and/or Asik, hope this opens some eyes as to the immense value they both have to this team. As much as we need an upgrade at SG, we simply can not afford to give up either Taj or Omer. With Boozer Van Dyke and Jao Ming Noah as the starting bigs, the Bulls must carry two big insurance policies.

  4. Brian July 25, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    agreed. and while trading them isn’t a good idea, the Bulls are still going to have a problem when their contracts are up. Asik and (especially) Taj will command salaries much higher than their rookie scale contracts, and the Bulls might be out of their price range.

    the only way we could afford to re-sign them, i assume, is to flip Boozer’s contract. but as we all know, no one is touching that. i feel that Chicago’s pursuit, and eventual signing, of a solid free agent shooting guard, will lead to the eventual exit of one (or both) of our backup bigs.

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