After the season ended Joakim Noah said he had earned his Defensive Player of the Year award (and some down-the-ballot MVP votes for his play on both ends) playing through a sore left knee. He wasn’t kidding.
Friday Noah underwent “minor arthroscopic surgery to clean out his left knee,” the Bulls announced.
He will be out 8-12 weeks, the team announced. During the off-season, that is not a huge deal. He should be fully ready to go by the start of training camp.
The question is who is going to be in training camp with him? The Bulls expect a healthy Derrick Rose, for one. After that, they are looking at a few potential power forwards who can provide a little more scoring. There’s one that gets a lot of attention out of New York, but he’s not the only guy on the list.
Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:
Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:
Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.