Saturday, October 19, 2013
Bulls without Noah
By Nick Borges
Chicago Bulls starting center Joakim Noah has dealt with bouts of plantar fasciitis the last few seasons and so far that is no longer a problem. Unfortunately he has a groin injury and the plan, according to ESPNChicago.com, is to shut him down for the duration of the preseason.
Noah is confident the injury is just a minor issue and believes he will be in the starting lineup for Game 1 of the regular season on Oct. 29 against Miami.
"It flared up on me so just need a little more time," Noah told ESPNChicago.com. "We got a little time, I want to be out there, we're looking good. I got to be healthy. It sucks especially this early in the season, but it is what it is. I'll just get back as soon as I can."
The Bulls are reportedly leaning towards opening the NBA season with just a minimum 13-man roster to keep the 2014 luxury tax bill as low as possible, however Noah's injury may force them to keep 14 players to begin the season, which is good for camp invitees Dexter Pittman and D.J. White.