The Chicago Bulls have been on an unexpected roll recently due largely in part to the great play from their All-Star center, Joakim Noah. Noah had one of the greatest games in his career yesterday against the New York Knicks, finishing with his fifth-career triple double, coupled with an unheard-of 14 assists. However, the Bulls’ season could have came to an early end when Noah suffered an awkward injury in the middle of yesterday’s game.
When asked about his injury, Chicago’s big man spoke to the media the truth in the only way he knows how:
“It feels like [expletive] right now, man. I’m not going to lie to you. But I’m going to put some ice on it and get all my treatment … It hurts, but it’s not as bad as some previous ones that I’ve had.”
The Bulls are currently tied with the Toronto Raptors for the third-best record in the Eastern Conference, standing at 33-26. After a tumultuous season where just being above .500 seemed to be an impossible feat, Chicago has finally become confident in their game, and has risen in the standings ever since. But if the Bulls were to lose Noah to injury right now, this season and any dreams of a surprise deep push in the playoffs would be done, no question.
Arguably, Noah should be considered among the best centers in the NBA, if not the best. The way he manages to combine expected center duties (strong presence down in the paint, effective rebounding, blocking, etc.), along with a decent offense and the passing skills of an efficient point guard makes Noah a unique talent the league has not seen in a long time.
Noah should be good to go in tonight’s game against the Brooklyn Nets. Here’s hoping the big man keeps rolling along as the season progresses.