Joakim Noah, who has been the Chicago Bulls’ rock during their 2012-13 campaign, while they miss superstar point guard, Derrick Rose, has been nominated as an eastern conference all-star reserve. But Noah, who has been battling planter fasciitis, may miss the game due to his injury.
Noah, a first-time NBA all-star elect, has been suffering from the foot injury for some time, and while playable, planter fasciitis is a very tough injury to get rid of. It’s one of those nagging injuries that one must play by ear, because some days are better than others, and some days are down-right impossible. The planter fascia can hinder athletes of all sizes, but would be presumably tough for a player Joakim’s size.
The Washington Wizard’s Nene suffered a similar injury, which caused him to miss a significant chunk of the season to start this year.
Noah has vowed to not miss games, but has been taking it easy at practice, riding the stationary bike and doing some shooting.
“I’ll tell you what: Practices don’t change too much,” Noah said. ”It’s pretty much the same thing every day. (Tom Thibodeau) is more interested in our energy levels and making sure we’re doing everything at 100 percent.”
The fact that Joakim hasn’t missed games is a good sign for Chicago, who hopes to have Derrick Rose back on the court soon, but while missing the all-star game would be tough for a first-time participant, but forcing it with an injury would be silly, as the Bulls continue their playoff hunt without their team leader (Rose). Noah has put together a great season, averaging 11.9 ppg, 11.2 reb and 2 blocks as he continues his quest for a defensive player of the year award, and leads the Bulls towards the playoffs, as they sit second in the Central Division (30-20), just behind the Indiana Pacers.
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