“In eight days, Joakim Noah will have the pin removed from his injured right thumb. … Noah’s surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb took place on Dec. 16 with a timetable of eight to ten weeks before he’d return. Once the pin is removed on Jan. 25, Noah will work to regain his hand’s strength and reacquire its mobility. … It’s interesting to note that exactly ten weeks after his surgery, the Bulls will host the Miami Heat on Feb. 24 in the team’s second meeting of the regular season.”
Of course, there’s no way to know at this point when Noah will actually be back in uniform. It’s going to depend on the pin removal surgery, his rehab, how he feels and the opinion of his doctors and the team’s medical staff.
Said Noah: “I’m just trying to control what I can control right now. I’m all about getting this pin out of my finger and getting my hand back to 100 percent. Hopefully it’s before [February 24] because I would love to play in that game.”
And Bulls fans would love to see him play in that game.
Time will tell.