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Noah’s foot issues could limit or keep him out of All-Star Game

Feb 11, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT

Joakim Noah AP

Joakim Noah earned his way into the All-Star Game — he’s scoring 11.2 points and grabbing 11.9 rebounds a game, but it’s really his role as high-energy anchor of the Bulls defense that got him a spot on the roster.

But Noah has missed three games recently as he battles through plantar fasciitis in his right foot — pain in the membrane along the bottom of the foot that makes it painful to run and jump. Which kind of matter in basketball.

The only real cure for plantar fasciitis is rest, time off the foot. So what about Noah sitting out his first All-Star game?

He doesn’t like the idea but it could happen he said, as reported by Aggrey Sam at CSNChicago.com.

“It’s pretty important. It’s not that important, but it’s something that I want to do. But I also have to do what’s right for the team. There’s obviously a bigger picture than playing in the All-Star Game,” he explained. “You’ve just got to live in the moment. That’s not really what I’m thinking about. I’m more worried about the next game, San Antonio. It’s pretty important, so just take it one game at a time and when it comes, we’ll see.”

Last year Loul Deng played a limited roll as an All-Star for the East due to injury. Of course, Tom Thibodeau was the coach then so he had a real interest in looking out for his player. Not that Erik Spoelstra wouldn’t, but it’s not the same.

Just something to watch. Noah is expected to play Monday night for the Bulls vs. the Spurs. But if Noah is experiencing pain, there could be a quick change coming for the East All-Star Roster.

  1. lmoneyfresh - Feb 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    The only problem is the bulls are so short of decent bigs right now that sitting Noah is going to be tough. Playing Booz/Gibson is ok at times but that is a small frontcourt. Bulls need help at the backup center spot in the worst way.

    With that said, Noah needs to be rested from now until after the all star break. Bring him and Rose back around the same time and go from there.

  2. mgscott - Feb 11, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    I guess this opens the door for Udonis Haslem ?

    • heat256 - Feb 11, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      No. Haslem is in no way worthy of an All-Star nod. If Bosh gets in before Irving, they better open a slot up for him first.

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