Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has a game built around energy and hustle, so it’s no shock he’s annually listed among the league leaders in minutes played. And because of that, it’s no shock he’s been dealing with nagging injuries, one of which is the dreaded recurring plantar fasciitis.
Hoping to keep Noah out of the trainers room, the Bulls have decided they will try and limit his minutes this season to avoid continued issues with his feet.
Per the Chicago Tribune:
Thibodeau has said dropping Noah’s minutes is a priority, so both the All-Star center and the Bulls are hopeful the recurring problem becomes manageable. Aiding the situation will be Thibodeau’s trust in Nazr Mohammed. Though the Bulls tried hard to land Marcus Camby and Elton Brand to add big-man depth, not having Mohammed buried on the bench early like last season will help.
The Bulls will need a healthy Noah to have any success in the postseason, so if the end result is a few less minutes per game, it’s a trade off that has to be made.