Bulls Center Joakim Noah to Undergo Thumb Surgery, Miss up to 10 Weeks


Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has
bravely battled plantar fascitis last season. Playing through the pain,
he blossomed into one of the best youne rebounders in the NBA,
and a double-double machine. His 2010-11 season will be much like his
'09-10, in that Noah will be battling a nagging injury through it. He could be gone for up to 10 weeks.

It was announced tonight that he will have surgery to repair a torn
ulna collateral ligament in his right thumb.  The surgery will be
performed tomorrow morning by Dr. Mark Cohen and Dr. John Fernandez of
Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush University Medical Center.

Noah was first injured in the Nov. 27 game at Sacramento, and he has
played the last two weeks with ongoing discomfort and slight functional
impairment.   Additionally, Noah has had significant sprains of his
right index and middle fingers, which will not require surgery.

injury presentation was unusual in that he was able to function at a
high level with the injury.  More often, athletes are unable to play at
all due to pain and instability of the thumb," said Chicago Bulls Head
Team Physician Brian Cole.

"As the days proceeded from the original injury, it became clear for all that surgery was best for Joakim," said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman
"We have always valued Joakim's toughness and willingness to put the
team above himself, but in this case his health took precedence."

Noah has started every Bulls game this year, and entering tonight's
game at Toronto, he had averaged 14.2 ppg, 11.7 rpg (fifth in the NBA),
2.8 apg, 1.61 bpg (16th), 1.22 spg, 37.2 mpg (18th).  He also had shot .511 (28th) from the field and .724 from the free throw line.

Noah also ranked in the top 10 in the NBA in offensive rebounds
(third), offensive rebounds per game (fourth), defensive rebounds per
game (sixth), total rebounds (sixth), double-doubles (sixth) and
defensive rebounds (ninth).

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