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Bulls plan to limit Joakim Noah’s minutes to help plantar fasciitis

Sep 27, 2013, 9:54 AM EDT

Tom Thibodeau AP

Joakim Noah says right now he feels no pain in his foot, no plantar fasciitis. That despite a summer where he worked out plenty, even training with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. His foot feels fine.

If the Bulls are going to be the contenders they think they are, Noah still has to be fine in April and May (then maybe June). Two of the past three seasons, he has been slowed by plantar fasciitis during the season and postseason.

That means coach Tom Thibodeau has to keep his minutes under control. Which he said he would do, something discussed by K.C. Johnson at the Chicago Tribune.

Thibodeau has said dropping Noah’s minutes is a priority, so both the All-Star center and the Bulls are hopeful the recurring problem becomes manageable. Aiding the situation will be Thibodeau’s trust in Nazr Mohammed. Though the Bulls tried hard to land Marcus Camby and Elton Brand to add big-man depth, not having Mohammed buried on the bench early like last season will help.

Mohammed is nice, but look for the Bulls to consider big men that are cut by other teams during camp. They could use more depth up front (unless you think Dexter Pittman or Malcolm Thomas are really the answers).

The bigger question is can Thibodeau keep Noah and Luol Deng from being right at the top of the league in minutes played? Is Thibodeau willing to sacrifice a couple regular season wins to get his guys rest and keep them fresh? He’s talking a good game but we need to see it in action to believe it.

  1. jda247 - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Can someone explain to me why he didn’t get surgery this offseason?

  2. godelleb - Sep 27, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Plantar fasciitis can’t be surgically repaired. It is also best treated for people required to be on their feet by steroid injections, disallowed in the NBA for obvious reasons. Therefore the athlete must stay off his feet in order for the bout with the condition to go into remission.

    • jda247 - Sep 27, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      Oh ok, makes sense. Thanks Roger Godelle

  3. 00maltliquor - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Thibs in the picture to Noah…

    “Why I oughta….!!!”

  4. antistratfordian - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    We shall see what Thibs actually does during the season. He is like George Costanza – a man of temptations who cannot stray far from his master – so he may yet run Noah into the ground.

  5. sguy2130 - Sep 28, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Now that he has more downtime, rumor has it that Noah plans to discover fire or invent the wheel.

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