Chicago Bulls All-Star center Joakim Noah had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, the team announced Friday. It was a procedure deemed “minor” and performed by Bulls team physician Dr. Brian Cole.
Noah is expected to rehab for the next 8-12 weeks.
It is unclear exactly when Noah suffered the initial injury. He was noticeably limping during Tuesday night’s Game 5 loss to the Washington Wizards and admitted after the game that he had been dealing with a knee injury. ESPN
Noah struggled noticeably in the Bulls’ Round 1 series versus the Washington Wizards. Although the knee was a problem we learned about later, he also was attempting to play despite the recent loss of Tyrone Green, a mentor Noah called akin to a second father. There’s no way to know how much either situation affected his play, but it did seem to bother him since Noah was not less effective against the Wizards than in previous meetings.
Noah is still working hard for the Bulls even though their postseason run is over by recruiting Carmelo Anthony’s services. If Anthony does come to Chicago, Noah will be the guy credited with convincing him to do so. – AL