May 15, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Film actor Will Smith (left) greets Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (right) after game five of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Miami Heat won 94-91. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah hoping to avoid foot surgery


Joakim Noah had plantar fasciitis throughout this season. While the remedy to cure it is rest, meaning to stay off your foot, that didn’t happen as the Bulls made a strong push in the playoffs.

With the Chicago Bulls now eliminated in the eastern conference against the Miami Heat (as a fan, it still hurts), the Bulls and now are looking into whether rest is all he needs, or if surgery is a possibility. Via The Chicago Sun Times.

“That hasn’t been determined,’’ Thibodeau said of Noah undergoing surgery. “Obviously, we’d like to avoid the surgery. He has responded a lot better. He has found something that has worked.

“We want him to get completely healthy That will be the focus, getting him back to 100 percent. He needs some rest, as most of the guys do. Same thing with Luol (Deng). We have to get him completely healthy again. Those are two players that we’ll be on top of right away.’’

There shouldn’t be a need for surgery. Both Noah, Deng and Derrick Rose should be available to start the pre-season healthy. However, we don’t want them to get all banged-up again during the regular season. Thibodeau dosen’t have much depth on the team so the front office will have to bring in some new guys to reduce their minutes so that all three Noah, Deng and Rose, don’t have to play so many minutes down the stretch.

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