Few players in the NBA have a higher, more tenacious motor than that of Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, so it’s with a bit of concern that the team today suggested Noah’s conditioning is ‘not very good’.
Noah, who has been out with a groin injury is reportedly not healing all that well and head coach Tom Thibodeau even went as far as to take a shot at Noah’s conditioning:
Thibodeau on Noah’s game conditioning: “It’s not very good.”
While I wouldn’t ever accuse Noah of being the most physically fit player in the NBA, he certainly hasn’t had much issue with his conditioning in the past considering he’s often among the league leaders in minutes played and the minutes he does play, are tough fought.
The lack of playing time stemming from the injury is the more likely culprit – something that Noah will likely re-acclimate himself to once he’s able to run and get back into game shape as the injury has been relatively crippling towards his basketball related activities.