Noah to miss three weeks

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nba_noah_250.jpgDespite all the advances of modern medicine, there remains but one cure for plantar fasciitis: rest.

That’s what Joakim Noah is about to get — the Bulls are shutting him down for three weeks of rest. Noah has been bothered by plantar fasciitis in his left foot for some time now.

Plantar fasciitis is the common cold of the NBA, almost every player gets it at one point or another. The irritation of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot comes from the overuse of feet doing things like running on a hard surface. Basically, playing basketball. Hard to avoid this one, it’s just a matter of severity and pain tolerance.

Better to rest Noah now and have him back healthy for the last couple weeks of the season and the playoffs then for him to fight through it now.

Mark Cuban suggests supplemental draft for undrafted free agents

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A lot of people around the NBA have ideas to improve the draft, free agency and the D-League, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been shy about sharing his. His latest idea seems pretty logical: a supplemental draft for undrafted free agents.

Via Hoops Rumors:

“I would have a supplemental draft every summer for undrafted free agents of the current and previous 3 years,” Cuban wrote in an email to Hoops Rumors. “If you are more than 3 years out you are not eligible and just a free agent.”

The supplemental draft would have two rounds, and teams would hold the rights to the players they select for two years, Cuban added. Players can opt out and choose not to make themselves eligible, but those who get picked would receive fully guaranteed minimum-salary contracts when they sign, according to Cuban’s proposal.

“That would make it fun a few weeks after the draft and pre-summer league,” Cuban wrote. “It would prevent some of the insanity that goes on to build summer league rosters.”

It’s an interesting proposition. Most undrafted players who sign during the summer don’t get guaranteed contracts, so when deciding to enter this supplemental draft, they would have to weigh the value of having guaranteed money versus getting to decide where they sign. It’s unlikely that anything like this could happen anytime soon, because of all the hoops to jump through to get the league and the players’ union to sign off on it, but it’s a worthwhile idea that deserves some consideration in the next CBA negotiations.