Injury Has Cast Joakim Noah’s Future with Chicago Bulls in Further Doubt

January 26th, 2016 by Sean Highkin Leave a reply »

CHICAGO—Just under two weeks ago, Joakim Noah played what may wind up being his final game in a Chicago Bulls uniform. The dislocated left shoulder he suffered in a Jan. 15 loss to the Dallas Mavericks put him out four to six months, effectively ending his season and sending him to unrestricted free agency this summer in a cloud of uncertainty.

Even before the injury, it was growing less likely by the week that Noah would be in Chicago after July.

His increasing frustration with his diminishing role in coach Fred Hoiberg’s rotation was obvious, and with this Bulls roster in a period of transition as it is, it was hard to picture the Bulls’ front office paying big money to bring back someone on the wrong side of 30 with the health history that Noah has.

At practice on Tuesday, a day before his team hits the road for a two-week, seven-game trip that Noah will not be making, he gave his first public comments since undergoing surgery last week. He was adamant that he wanted to continue his career in Chicago, where he has played for nine years, including two All-Star appearances, and won a Defensi ...

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