Chicago Bulls Should Have Encouraged Joakim Noah to Sit-Out All-Star Game

By Cody Williams
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Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was deservedly selected to play in his first NBA All-Star Game this weekend. Noah and the Bulls were both relishing in the honor for the big-man.

Noah has elevated his play by leaps and bounds to help make up for the absence of Derrick Rose for the Bulls. Noah has averaged 11.8 points, 11.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.3 steals and two blocks this season, all of which are career-highs.

However, Noah missed three games in early February due to plantar fasciitis, which he was diagnosed with earlier this season, and has nagged him recently. Though he played in Chicago’s final four games before the All-Star break, Noah still received platelet rich plasma treatment to his injured foot on Feb. 14 to help improve the injury.

After that news broke at the end of last week, Noah then announced that he still planned to compete in Sunday’s All-Star Game. Though it’s a huge honor for Noah and the Bulls for him to be selected as an All-Star, him playing through this injury doesn’t sound like the smartest idea.

With Rose announcing recently that he’s not as close to returning as people think, that means Noah’s role on the team is still going to be enormous. Given that, he can’t be risking his health on an exhibition game, no matter how big of an honor it is.

Noah should have chosen to sit out the game, or the Bulls should have urged him to do so. What Noah means to their season is way more important than the All-Star Game. When it comes to matters like these, caution is normally the best strategy.

It’ll be nice to see Noah play and be rewarded on Sunday, but hopefully it doesn’t come back to haunt him and the Bulls.

Cody Williams is a Senior NBA Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twittter @TheSizzle20 and like his Facebook page.

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