"It sucks," Noah said. "It's the best decision not to play (Saturday)
and try to do as many treatments as I can. But I want to play."
"I'm not feeling great. I'm happy we won the game today."
Q: It looked like you might have tweaked your foot on one play in overtime?
A: "I don't really remember. I'm just trying to be in the moment of the
game. The coaches ask me how I'm doing and stuff. But obviously, I
don't want to come out of the game. I want to play. I think I really
have to be smart about when I can and when I can't.
"I think the best decision right now is to not play tomorrow (Saturday at Indiana) and try to do as much treatment as I can.
"I feel like everybody has an opinion about whether I should play,
whether I shouldn't play. There's no right or wrong answer. As a
player, I want to be out there. I don't know. I guess it depends on the
"Plantar fasciitis just hurts. The only thing you can do is just
rest it. There's not a lot of time before playoffs. So what do you do?
Do you sit and then when you come back, lack conditioning? The first
two games I felt like I can't breathe out there. You can emphasize all
the biking and all the water cardio things. But to me, the only way I
get my cardio back is playing basket ball.
"I don't think there's a right or wrong answer. Obviously, if it was
October or November, I would probably sit ou for six weeks. But we
don't have six weeks.
"I want to play. It's painful. It's no joke."
Noah sums up the various thought processes around him playing himself quite well.
One interesting theory is this. If you have two games coming up, one against a very good team and one against a bad team, which is it better to rest Noah for?
Resting him against the bad team increases your odds of dropping a game you should win [bad]. Failing to rest him against a good team means you could waste his effort in a game you have a good chance of losing anyway.
If things are bad enough, you need to just shut him down for awhile no matter what, but it's a scary proposition as well, because he's had a fair amount of rest with the all-star break and missing the first week or so after it. Noah's right. The bulls don't have six weeks to rest Noah, and resting him for a day here and there probably is only going to have limited effect after resting him for two-three weeks didn't get the job done.
What to do with Noah? It's probably a game by game decision, and all we can do is sit around and hope for the best.