Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah Passes on Worlds To Focus on New Deal

August 9th, 2010 by Michael Gibbons Leave a reply »

Joakim Noah is passing on a dream.

Noah has decided to say no to playing for the French National Basketball team in the upcoming World Championships that will be held in Turkey later this month. He is also saying no to playing at Madison Square Garden on Sunday versus Team USA and current teammate Derrick Rose.

"The Olympics is something I'm definitely looking forward to, and it's really tough because I know the French team is playing in [Madison Square] Garden against Team USA [this Sunday in New York] and that's kind of something that I want to do. But I understand that [playing for the French national team] wouldn't be the right thing to do right now because I still came off a pretty tough injury with the plantar fasciitis and I want to be a hundred percent for the season."

The reason for saying no is that Noah wants to focus on signing a long term deal with the Chicago Bulls before the October 31 deadline.

"I came off a pretty tough injury with the plantar fasciitis and we're negotiating my contract right now that's basically going to get me financially set for a little while so I can't really mess that ...

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