Most Chicago Bulls fans are worried about Derrick Rose and Luol Deng when it comes to injury rehabilitation heading into the 2012 season, but Joakim Noah is another big time player on the mend and he has yet to start five-on-five action during the offseason. However, Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated has sources telling him that Noah is expected to be ready for training camp:
Noah, the always underrated and overlooked center who missed the final three games of the first-round loss to the 76ers after spraining his left ankle in Game 2, is expected to be fully healthy by the time training camp arrives. The injury was bad enough that Noah decided not to play for his French national team in the Olympics, and a source close to him said he has yet to play in any five-on-five action. The focus has been on weightlifting, individual workouts on the court and steady rehabbing of the ankle, but SI.com has been assured he'll be 100 percent by early October.
For a team that needs some assurances of health in their starting five after the offseason dismantled a strong bench, the recent news on Noah should provide a bit of comfort.
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