Joakim Noah to undergo shoulder surgery, miss 4-6 months


Joakim Noah may have played his last game with the Bulls. During the second quarter of Friday night’s loss to the Mavericks, he reinjured his left shoulder (the same one he missed two weeks with a sprain in December) and will require surgery.

During last night’s game against Dallas, Joakim Noah sustained a dislocation of the left shoulder which was reduced in the training room.  Earlier today, he was evaluated at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, where it was determined that he will undergo surgery to stabilize his left shoulder.

His recovery time is estimated at four to six months.  The details of the timing, location, and rehabilitation program have not yet been finalized.   Noah is expected to have a full recovery.
This is a brutal setback for the Bulls and for Noah. Noah is coming up on free agency this summer, and a major shoulder injury like this could hurt his value on the open market. Meanwhile, the Bulls lost their best interior defender and must now rely on rookie Bobby Portis to play heavy minutes whether he’s ready to or not.