The French national team set at ease any fears we had surrounding Joakim Noah's ankle injury when they announced he's set to return to the team later this week.
Per the Chicago Tribune:
"After seeing the conclusions from the two specialists, the (Bulls) doctor should give his accord for Joakim Noah to return to the France team, without having to go to Chicago," the FFBB said Monday on its website.
"There's been good progress, and Joakim seems to have recovered well from the little problem he had," France team director Patrick Beesley said. "I am optimistic that he will be in Pau by the end of the week."
Certainly good news that Noah's ankle isn't a serious issue. Of course with this lockout he'd have plenty of recovery time anyway.
In a typical year, I'd have mixed feelings on players playing for their national team. There's really no benefit for the Bulls, and there is always the risk of a serious injury.
With this season heading towards a slew of missed games, I can't blame the players for playing anywhere they can though.