On Tuesday, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said that Joakim Noah would be out at least two weeks with the shoulder injury he suffered trying to defend Andrea Bargnani of the Brooklyn Nets Monday night. The idea was to re-evaluate him after a couple of weeks of rest and therapy.
Joakim Noah echoed that speaking with the media Wednesday, but put the potential of him missing more time out there.
Noah is a guy who has been willing to play hurt — even when he shouldn’t have — throughout his career. The question isn’t if he would come back as quickly as he could, but the Bulls need to get him right.
Noah is the emotional leader of the Bulls, and the team is their only defensive minded big. He hasn’t been their problem. Him being sidelined likely means more run for Pau Gasol, more small lineups, and if we’re lucky more Bobby Portis. But it certainly will hurt the Bulls in some matchups. The Bulls’ next game is Christmas Day against Oklahoma City.
There’s already plenty of dysfunction around the Bulls and this injury at this time could lead to more losses, and with the Bulls that means more squabbling and bickering.