Joakim Noah missed 18 games last season, primarily due to the foot injury plantar fasciitis.
But even with a summer off for treatment and rest he is not feeling 100 percent about it, as he told ESPNChicago.com in an interview.
“I’m very confident, but it’s still something that … it’s no joke and [the injury] put a lot of things in perspective for me. Injuries are something that are very serious and something that I want to limit, so I understand that it’s going to be a long season this year, and I think we’re going to do real special things. To do that, I know that I have to be 100 percent. I think we’re going to be OK, though.”
Plantar fasciitis is the irritation of the thick band of tissue that covers the bones on the bottom of the foot (the stuff that causes the arch in your foot). The swelling is caused by excessive use and is a fairly common problem in the NBA, where players are running up and down a hard court for a living.
Oh, and it hurts. A lot. A sort of stabbing pain in the heel. The best treatment is rest, although splits, anti-inflammatory drugs and inserts for shoes are also a part of the routine in the NBA.
With Noah taking the summer off from the French national team, he should be able to rest his foot a little more before the start of the season. He also says in the interview he took six weeks off after the season, which had to help. But he still sounds a little concerned. And hesitant. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, if that means he’ll be trying to get his foot some rest and take precautionary measures during the season. Because if the Bulls are going to live up to the hype, they are going to need a healthy Noah.
The Timberwolves surprisingly led the Spurs by nine at halftime last night, which takes us to Shabazz Muhammad‘s mid-game interview.
We’re doing a great job on defense, Wiggs, myself, everybody. It’s a tough team, especially Kawhi and the guys. So, we’re doing a really good job and everybody’s collective – Collective Bargaining Agreement.
To be fair, I can’t even imagine what type of nonsense I’d spew in the midst of a taxing workout or a high-pressure situation – let alone something that qualifies as both.
Unfortunately for Muhammad, Minnesota eventually fell to San Antonio, 100-93. But hopefully, he can laugh at this moment. He should, at least.
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Wednesday a couple of forwards expected to go in the first round of June’s NBA draft said they plan on making the jump to the NBA.
As expected, Duke’s Jayson Tatum and Cal’s Ivan Rabb made their decisions official.
Duke announced Tatum’s decision.
Tatum is expected to be a top-five pick, DraftExpress.com currently has him as the No. 4 pick. The 6’8″ wing can flat-out score the rock, which is why teams are intrigued, as Rob Dauster of NBC’s College Basketball Talk told us in a recent podcast. However, teams wonder if he can create shots for others and not just himself, and if he’s going to be a good defender at the NBA level. He has the physical tools to do be a good defender, but will he put in the work game in, game out?
Rabb is a 6’10” sophomore who has a great NBA build and athleticism to spare, but at the NBA level everyone is a great athlete. Rabb doesn’t have a great perimeter game and needs to develop one and be a consistent defensive force to be a difference maker (or have a lengthy career) at the NBA level. DraftExpress.com has him going 22nd in this draft, and his stock seems to have fallen over the course of the season.
This season, for the first time in 46 years, no NBA coach will be fired during the season (nobody is getting canned at this point).
However, once the off-season starts, there will be a few changes.
Alvin Gentry in New Orleans and Fred Hoiberg in Chicago are the names most mentioned, but there will be an unexpected firing somewhere around the league. Some GMs are on the hot seat also (Rob Hennigan in Orlando leads that parade).
I get into all of it in this latest PBT Extra.
It was obvious this was coming. Get in a shoving match “fight” in the NBA and you get a fine. However, actually throw punches and…
Toronto’s Serge Ibaka and Chicago’s Robin Lopez each have been suspended for one game by the NBA “for throwing punches at one another during an altercation,” the league announced. What that works out to is a $120,715 hit for Lopez and a $111,364 ding for Ibaka.
Also, Raptors assistant coach Jamaal Magloire earned a $15,000 fine shoving the Bulls Nikola Mirotic and “acting as other than a peacemaker as part of the same altercation.”
This all came out of what seemed a rather innocuous play. Ibaka and Lopez were battling for rebounding positioning, it went on for a second after the ball went through the hoop, Ibaka caught Lopez with a little chicken wing elbow in the back, Lopez spun, and, boy, that escalated quickly. Lopez’s punch missed, while Ibaka’s caught Lopez in the hair more than the body.
Both men got technicals and were ejected.