Monday, October 28th, 2013 at 11:00 am  |  6 responses

Joakim Noah Guarantees He’ll Play in Season Opener vs Miami Heat

Despite some concern regarding Joakim Noah and his nagging groin pain, the Chicago Bulls big man says there’s no way he’ll miss tomorrow night’s showdown with the Heat in South Beach. Per the Chicago Tribune: “Both Noah and (Tom) Thibodeau said the All-Star center has been pain-free for ‘four or five days’ and Noah placed his chances of playing Tuesday at ’100 percent’ after practicing fully Sunday. Add in that Kirk Hinrich also took full contact on his injured shoulder and sounded confident he’d play against the Heat and suddenly the Bulls might have all hands on deck to resume this grudge match. ‘Every time you play against Miami, it’s always a statement,’ Noah said. ‘We’re a hungry group. It’s one of 82, but we know that every time you play against Miami it’s important.’ Noah’s game, both offensively and defensively, is built on game conditioning. But he downplayed falling behind in that department by only playing against the Pistons during the preseason. ‘I’ll be fine,’ he said. ”m not worried about it. I’ve been working on my conditioning the whole time. Even with the groin, it was more of a lateral problem, a jumping problem, more than just running straightforward. So I was doing a lot of running the whole time. I feel 100 percent. I have no problems in my groin. I wanted to play in that last preseason game, but Thibs said no. I was pissed about it, but I think it was the right decision.’”

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  • Stepfan Raiford

    This is the same man who played an entire playoff series and outplayed Brook Lopez with plantar fasciitis. I expected nothing less.

  • pposse

    dont know if i like this. Noah needs to stay healthy, respect the guy and everything he does but sitting out the first game of the season might be cautious but its alright in the grand scheme of things.

  • d-wade

    if he doesnt play and miami wins, sore bulls fans will complain that they dont have a full team … again

  • spit hot fiyah

    true competitor

  • Enigmatic

    Damnit Noah, just sit it out. It’s game freakin’ one. Beating the defending champions, even though you can’t stand them, in the first game of the season really doesn’t mean a damn thing. Neither does losing to them in the first game.

    Although it would be dope if history repeated itself and it was 2006-2007 all over again. Both on opening day and in the playoffs…

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    As much as I would love to see the Bulls at full strength so there are no excuses by either side’s fans I think he should sit this one out. This game is important from a media standpoint but it’s just one game and it’s not worth aggravating the injury.