Bulls' Joakim Noah has successful knee surgery, out 8-12 weeks

Noah had successful knee surgery to clean it out. (USATSI)
Joakim Noah had successful knee surgery to clean it out. (USATSI)

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After carrying the Chicago Bulls for 87 games and not having Derrick Rose and Luol Deng for the majority of it, Joakim Noah was a little banged up at the end of the season. Turns out his knee had some stuff inside it that needed to be cleaned out, which Noah had done in a successful arthroscopic surgery in Chicago. The Bulls announced head team physician Dr. Brian Cole performed the procedure and is expected to rehab his left knee for the next eight-to-12 weeks.

The Chicago Bulls announced today that center Joakim Noah successfully underwent minor arthroscopic surgery to clean out his left knee. The procedure was performed at Rush Oak Park Hospital by Chicago Bulls head team physician Dr. Brian Cole. He is expected to rehab his left knee during the offseason for the next eight to 12 weeks.

Noah was named the Defensive Player of the Year for his incredible effort this season, and had one of the better seasons for just about any big man in the league. He averaged career-highs in points (12.6), rebounds (11.3), and assists (5.4). He became just the 14th player in NBA history to average at least 12 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists in a season. 

Rose played just 10 games and the Bulls traded Deng to the Cavaliers in January for draft picks and the rights to waive Andrew Bynum, but the Bulls still persevered to a 48-34 record and the 4-seed in the East. They lost to the Washington Wizards in the first round in five games.

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