Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah will be held out of all basketball-related activities for about a week in hopes that the rest will clear up his lingering groin strain.
"He still has a little bit of soreness," coach Tom Thibodeau said Friday before the Bulls played the Indiana Pacers in a preseason game. "We want to make sure he's completely healed before we move on. We don't want him to re-injure it. We want him to rehab and focus on getting healthy."
Noah was injured early in training camp and missed the Bulls' first three preseason games before playing 19 minutes Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons. Afterward, he said he felt "great," but the soreness in the groin returned on Thursday.
"I want to be out there," Noah said. "We're looking good. But I've got to be healthy. It sucks, especially this early in the season, but it is what it is and I'll just get back as soon as I can."
If Noah does sit out exactly a week, that would give him four days to get in playing shape ...