Opening night in the NBA is in a few days and the hype is building up. Did we actually think Chicago Bulls‘ Joakim Noah was going to miss the season opener against the Miami Heat? A team that he despises wholeheartedly? Nah — Noah just claimed himself 100 percent healthy and ready to roll.
Noah has been battling with a sore groin all preseason. He only suited up for one preseason game and had to go back on the sidelines with the injury. There was concern that it was more serious than the Bulls had let on, but Noah has worked himself to recover in time just before this big game. He claims he has been pain-free and is just trying to get his conditioning right. The Bulls will be very glad to have their All-Star center in the starting lineup.
The Bulls know how important of a player Noah is. He brings energy, hustle, rebounding, passing and he is the anchor of the defense. These intangibles Noah brings to the table puts the Bulls at another level. Noah gives the Bulls toughness in the middle. He showed his toughness in the playoffs last season when he played through that painful plantar fasciitis. That type of effort earned a lot of respect for Noah.
The Heat will get their rings on opening night and that makes Noah sick to his stomach. He respects the Heat because they are the champions, but he desperately wants to take that title away from them. He was not going to miss this game for anything. Noah is back and ready for the season.