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Thibodeau on Noah’s conditioning: “It’s not very good”

Oct 23, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT

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Chicago has to find a way to get Joakim Noah healthy and keep him that way if they are serious about contending in the East this season. That has not started out on a great as he has battled a groin issue that has limited him all through training camp and will keep him out of the rest of the Bulls preseason games (and maybe even opening night against the Heat).

Noah not only has to get healthy again, he has to get back in game shape. He may not be able to do that by when the Bulls tip-off the season next Tuesday night.

Don’t take my word for it, here are quotes from Thibodeau and Noah, via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

Asked specifically about the conditioning of Noah, who has played just 19 minutes, 45 seconds all camp due to a sore groin, Thibodeau said, “it’s not very good.” This would place Noah’s availability for the Oct. 29 regular-season opener in Miami in jeopardy….

“It’s possible,” Noah said. “But I’m not there yet. In my mind, I’m playing. I want to be out there as soon as I can. We’ll see when that is.”

Not good. But it is better to have him sit out against the Heat in October than to have this thing linger. What matters is April, May and their dreams of playing into June.

In other Bulls injury news, Jimmy Butler will be back after missing three games with a bruised knee; also Kirk Hinrich has yet to be fully cleared following his preseason concussion.

  1. basketballgod87 - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    he is not going to miss the opener versus the heat

    • beach305 - Oct 23, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      Perhaps the Bulls should learn from past years mistakes and worry about April – June.

    • casualcommenter - Oct 23, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      He’ll probably play 44 minutes, lol.

  2. heat256 - Oct 23, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Thibs: “How the @$^# am I gonna be able to play this guy 48 minutes a game? He’s only good for 42 right now! Lazy a@@!!”

    • roachyxxx - Oct 24, 2013 at 7:11 AM

      And Kurt throws another softball to the Heat trolls…

      • heat256 - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        Heat fans don’t need to troll Bulls stories. They’ve really done nothing to indicate they are a true threat.

      • roachyxxx - Oct 27, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        Undefeated in the preseason for only the fourth time in the history of the franchise is a good start. Notice how there are no Bulls stories on PBT right now? That’s called fear.

      • heat256 - Oct 29, 2013 at 9:01 AM

        Can you show any correlation between preseason success being the ultimate predictor of regular season success? I don’t think there is. Preseason exists to get some light work in for the regulars and let the fringe guys get time, and pray no one important gets hurt.

      • roachyxxx - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        Why is an “ultimate predictor” necessary? And “light work” is just bs. That’s preseason in the NFL. Both NHL and NBA are something else entirely. The game the Bulls played against the Thunder, for example, was as good as any regular season game, probably better. This is their first chance to strut their stuff, and the good players are chomping at the bit to do so.

      • roachyxxx - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        I’ll tell you, though, I feel bad for sports fans that act like Pavlov’s dogs. Professional sports is a form of entertainment for the spectators. Spectators that are just in it to have “ultimate predictors” and are only concerned with playoff berths just don’t get it and probably never will. We only have a few years to watch these guys play, and I for one am going to enjoy every game I can. The game is fixed anyways, so I’m only going to be slightly bothered if the Bulls can’t go all the way, but I’m going to enjoy watching guys that play with the heart and soul that epitomizes the city of Chicago. I know Carl Sandburg would have approved.

  3. doc305 - Oct 23, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    As a Heat fan, I hope this guy and the rest of team can get and stay healthy. Everyone always tries to discredit Miami’s accomplishments because this team or that team is not 100%. Tell this guy to get himself into shape and get ready because Miami will be better than ever this year and us fans don’t want anymore excuses.

  4. kingwithringz - Oct 23, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Well he played hurt in the playoffs, prolly catching up to him.

  5. johngalt1783 - Oct 23, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    He is just another of the “new age” centers whose body can not stand up against the dinosaur bigs. Veraejo, Amir Johnson (though he plays if he can walk onto the court and his coach lets him). Horford has missed 43% of the Hawks games the last two seasons due to injury.

    The “new age” more mobile centers are having a tough time staying healthy, not that some of the dinosaurs like Oden, Bynum, Drummond and B. Lopez haven’t had their share of injuries.

    Being lighter and more mobile might be the a good idea in limited situations but on full time basis the risk of injury due to going up against the dinosaurs is very high.

    • misremembered72 - Oct 23, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      Must go faster, must go faster

    • bougin89 - Oct 23, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      Bill Walton, Ralph Sampson, Sam Bowie….oh nevermind I’m not even going to try looking up/naming anyone else.

  6. antistratfordian - Oct 23, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    It doesn’t matter if he misses the game against Miami or not. Chicago no le gusta Miami and they will have guys flying around at 120% regardless. It will still be a tough one.

    OR Rose’s confidence goes in the toilet with LeBron hounding him – the Bulls have no one to protect the middle with Noah missing – and Chicago gets blown the F out… I haven’t really decided yet.

  7. roachyxxx - Oct 24, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    I’ve seen nothing in the preseason that makes me think the Bulls won’t be contenders even if Noah is hurt.

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