Joakim Noah Injury Update: Bulls Star to Undergo Surgery on Dislocated Shoulder

January 16th, 2016 by Alec Nathan Leave a reply »

The Chicago Bulls announced center Joakim Noah will undergo surgery to stabilize his left shoulder after suffering a dislocation Friday night in an 83-77 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. 

The team pegged his timetable for recovery at four to six months, which means Noah figures to be done for the remainder of the regular season. 

"It’s tough to lose a guy like Jo who does so much [for] us. But other than basketball, I hate to see that happen to a good person like that," Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler said following Friday's game, per's Vincent Goodwill. "He’s down, as he should be. It’s the game he loves. He wants to fight for this team."

The Bulls will likely have to make do with in-house solutions because of the timing of Noah's injury, per Yahoo Sports' Bobby Marks:

As a result, Taj Gibson and rookie Bobby Portis both figure to see their workloads increase over the coming months. Gibson can help mitigate the effects of Noah's absence with his tenacious attitude on the glass, but it will be hard to replicate Noah's high-post passing capabilit ...

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