Joakim Noah sprained his left ankle during Game 3 of the Bulls’ first round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers. That injury was devastating for the Bulls.
Apparently, it will be devastating for Team France as well.
Jo won’t be able to play for his home country in this summer’s Olympic games because the ankle is not fully healed.
As Noah told the French sports daily L’Equipe: “I’m absolutely not ready, not ready to run, not ready to jump. And even less to play. I need more time and work. I’m not in form for someone who wants to compete in the Olympics. And given the problems that I have with my ankles, not going to the Games seemed to be the most reasonable decision.”
I’m sure the decision was painful for Noah, but it was the right one. Some people think Luol Deng — who is still suffering the effects of a torn ligament in his left wrist — should also opt out of playing in the Olympics for Great Britain. But Deng would probably have to lose the use of both legs for that to happen.
For my part, I just want Noah to be healthy and whole for next season. I wouldn’t want him playing hurt for France, the U.S., or anybody else. As Jo said, not playing, in this case, is the most reasonable decision.