Posted by Royce Young
Joakim Noah was all set to compete for the French national team in Eurobasket in August and September, but it looks like that plan could have a few bumps in it. According to ESPN Chicago, Noah was sent back to Chicago by the French team to have his right ankle looked at.
Noah injured his right ankle March 28 against the 76ers but returned on April 5. Yet according to FIBA, if there are concerns with an injury, everything needs to be squared away before he can continue. The French team said in a statement, "In an act of transparency, the FFBB sent the medical reports to his club and his agent."
Clearly, the French team doesn't want any complication with Noah and doesn't want to jeopardize his hefty NBA contract over an injury. It's just a setback and Noah still anticipates to play for France in Eurobasket, which starts Aug. 31 in Lithuania for the French.
The European Championships serve as a qualifier for the Olympic Games, and with France having some solid talent, led by Nicolas Batum, the team could make a little noise in the tournament. If it could just bring in someone like Tony Parker to go along with Noah, then France could jump to being a favorite.
Noah has dual citizenship in France and the United States.