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Bulls' Joakim Noah to have right thumb surgery

Posted on: December 15, 2010 8:47 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:36 pm
 
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah will reportedly undergo surgery on his right thumb. Posted by Ben Golliverjoakim-noah-surgery

Wednesday morning, we noted that Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has been dealing with pain on his injured hand. Wednesday night, the Chicago Tribune reported that Noah will undergo surgery on his right thumb.
Joakim Noah is scheduled to undergo surgery on his right thumb, two team sources told the Tribune. 
The Bulls' starting center could be sidelined for up to 10 weeks.  Noah played with the injury Wednesday night against the Raptors after team physicians determined he could do no further damage to the injury. 
The Bulls sent out a press release Wednesday night with additional details.
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah will have surgery to repair a torn ulna collateral ligament in his right thumb.  The surgery will be performed tomorrow morning by Dr. Mark Cohen and Dr. John Fernandez of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush University Medical Center.
Noah was first injured in the Nov. 27 game at Sacramento, and he has played the last two weeks with ongoing discomfort and slight functional impairment.   Additionally, Noah has had significant sprains of his right index and middle fingers, which will not require surgery.
  “Joakim’s injury presentation was unusual in that he was able to function at a high level with the injury.  More often, athletes are unable to play at all due to pain and instability of the thumb,” said Chicago Bulls Head Team Physician Brian Cole. “As the days proceeded from the original injury, it became clear for all that surgery was best for Joakim,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman.  “We have always valued Joakim’s toughness and willingness to put the team above himself, but in this case his health took precedence.”
The Bulls, at 15-8 entering Wednesday night's action, are looking like runaway winners of the Central Division, so this isn't crippling news by any means. But it surely is frustrating for Bulls fans who simply want to see the team's frontline healthy and playing together. Forward Carlos Boozer just returned from a hand injury less than two weeks ago after missing the first month of the season. Noah averaged 14.2 points, 11.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.6 blocks in 37.2 minutes per game. That's a ton of minutes, and the Bulls will struggle to fill that hole given their available personnel. Chicago will likely continue to rely heavily on Boozer, who is averaging 15.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in eight appearances so far, and ask more from Taj Gibson, who has played 25 minutes a night. Rookie Omer Asik is also likely to see his role increased, perhaps dramatically, as he is the only legit center-sized player in Chicago's bench rotation.
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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2010 11:35 am
 

Bulls' Joakim Noah to have right thumb surgery

Oh ****. Who is going to guard the other team's big man? Kurt Thomas? Asik??? For everyone that did not understand why the Bulls would not include Noah in a deal for Carmelo, watch the next eight to ten weeks and find out for yourselves. Remember, the Bulls stunk without Noah last season. The Bulls were able to get by without Boozer because Boozer is a forward. Just slide Gibson to the starting four and off you go. They don't have that luxury with Noah. Again, the backup centers are Thomas and Asik. I suppose Gibson could play the five a little, but then who backs up either forward position? Korver? Johnson?? Noah going down sets the dominos falling.



Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2010 9:06 am
 

Bulls' Joakim Noah to have right thumb surgery

Normally at this point I would be fearful but what we lose in defense with him we gain in offense with Boozer and Taj, Boozer has been coming up and looks great out there. I think they are much better off than last season when he went out for so long. They didn't have Booz and Taj playing at a higher level.



Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2010 11:25 pm
 

Bulls' Joakim Noah to have right thumb surgery

Definitely a big loss for the Bulls. It sucks too because we were finally seeing how good this team could be when it was complete.  First we had to wait over a month for Boozer and now we have to wait for Noah.  I'm worried about two things with this injury: first Noah has been injured for a significant amount of time the past two seasons, I hope he is not injury prone and even though he is only 25, he is missing big chunks of his prime where he could be developing.  Second, what if Boozer goes down, which is a big possibility seeing his injury past?  Or even worse, Rose.  This team would be completely devasted and could be in big trouble.  But, on the brighter side, hopefully it is only a 6 week injury (about 25 games) and this team isn't too affected because of a soft schedule.  I have faith in Taj and hope Omer steps his game up.  Scalabrine or Thomas could make appearances, but I think it is highly unlikely Kurt Thomas breaks the starting lineup. He has barely played slop time, let alone run with the first team.  Boozer and Taj will start, with Omer coming off the bench.



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2010 10:48 pm
 

Bulls' Joakim Noah to have right thumb surgery

Reports are that he will be out 8-10 weeks. Lucky for the Bulls, their schedule during this time period is not to bad and Boozer and Rose are on fire. Losing Noah is a big blow, but the Bulls have decent backups in place. Taj Gisbon could start against smaller centers but more likely the Bulls start Kurt Thomas and play him for only 15-20 minutes with Omer Asik playing big minutes as well. This happening at a good time because noah will be back in time to get back in shape before the playoffs. Look for the Bulls to still be well above .500 come noah's return. Noah has been playing hurt for 2 weeks and all during this 7 game winning streak, so I do not think his being gone will effect the Bulls like it did last season when they lost 10 games in a row with him on the bench.



Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2010 10:31 pm
 

Bulls' Joakim Noah to have right thumb surgery

Big Chicago FAn.!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope Noah's reserve can step up to the plate while he's out and provide some respectable numbers to help the team continue winning.



Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2010 10:28 pm
 

Bulls' Joakim Noah to have right thumb surgery


Bring back Schenscher to fill in!



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2010 10:05 pm
 

Bulls' Joakim Noah to have right thumb surgery

WOW a huge blow hopefully he can be back by the the All- Star break


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