Joakim Noah Injury: Updates on Bulls Star’s Knee, Eye and Return

November 25th, 2014 by Matt Fitzgerald Leave a reply »

Chicago Bulls All-Star center Joakim Noah will miss Tuesday's game against the Denver Nuggets with a variety of ailments. 

ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell reported on the unfortunate news:

Noah is known for his tenacity and competitive fire, but he often plays banged-up due to his physical, relentless style of play. That contributed to Noah's need for offseason knee surgery, limiting his minutes to start the 2014-15 campaign.

The Bulls need Noah healthy if their current nucleus is ever meant to make a legitimate championship push.

Past NBA MVP point guard Derrick Rose has struggled to stay on the floor throughout his career. Should Noah eventually succumb to health issues too, Chicago will be hard-pressed to compete for a Larry O'Brien Trophy.

While Noah recovers, coach Tom Thibodeau will be shuffling around the frontcourt rotation. Pau Gasol should eat up the majority of minutes at the center position in his absence. 

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