Joakim Noah Should Sit Out Season Opener Against the Miami Heat

By Jon Keller
Joakim Noah
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Derrick Rose took quite a bit of heat last season for choosing to sit out the entire year in an effort to regain full strength and confidence after he tore his ACL in the 2012 playoffs.  After injuring his groin this preseason I believe that Joakim Noah should take a play out of Rose’s playbook.  I am not suggesting that Noah sit out the entire season as Rose did, but I do not think that he should rush back and instead take his time recovering from this “minor” injury.

Although Noah claims to be at 100 percent and wants to beat the Miami Heat on opening night more than anything, Noah and the Chicago Bulls need to look at the big picture here.  Is it more important to have Noah on opening night when he may not be in proper shape or have him at full strength come playoffs?  This is the question that Chicago must ask itself before Tuesday’s meeting with the defending champions.

It has been well over a year since the Bulls have faced off against the Heat while being at full health, and it would be a great matchup if Noah were to play. However, it may not be the right move for Chicago.  It is no secret that Joakim Noah is not fond of the Miami Heat, and I can only imagine just how badly he wants to spoil their championship banner ceremony. But he might want to think twice before suiting up for the game tomorrow.  In the 2012 playoffs Noah sprained his ankle and last playoffs he was dealing with plantar fasciitis, so it would be nice if he were finally healthy for the postseason this year.  In order to be 100 percent for the playoffs he just may need to sit out a few games in the early portion of the season, including Tuesday’s matchup with Miami.

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