It has been confirmed that Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah will be sidelined for almost a week of any basketball activity, as the French is still battling an injury suffered early in training camp.
Noah has been hampered by a groin strain since early in training camp, and seemed to be getting better after missing the first three games of the Bulls preseason. However, after playing 19 minutes on Wednesday, he felt pain once again yesterday, so it has been decided that he will be rested until everything is completely healed.
This is the best decision the Bulls could have made in order to solve this situation.
Noah is not only one of the better interior players in the league, but he’s also a key piece in the Bulls’ system. His crafty passing game and overall skill set makes him a valuable piece for playing the pick and roll with Derrick Rose, and now that the star point guard is back, Chicago can’t afford to have another key player injured if they want to make a serious run at a title this season.
In principle, Noah will be out for the next week and it hasn’t been discarded that he will be out for the reminder of the preseason, if needed. He’s been a pivotal player for the Bulls’ last years, and was arguably the best player of the team last season, so he already knows the system and what he’s asked to do in the court. It’s better to have him away in the preseason but active once the regular schedule kicks in than the other way around.
After all, having Noah healthy is essential for the Bulls if they want to be considered contenders this upcoming season.