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Bulls' Joakim Noah reveals reason for missed practices

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah revealed on Monday the reason for his absence from the team the past couple of days.

Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has been away from the team for the last couple of days, leaving his status for the Bulls' preseason opener against the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night somewhat uncertain. There was some concern that Noah's absence was possibly due to an issue with the ankle that he gruesomely injured last postseason, but he cleared up any doubt with a couple of tweets on Monday (via CSN Chicago):

So there we have it. Noah has been away from the Bulls to mourn the death of his grandmother Mamie. If he's unable to make it back to the team by Tuesday, ESPN Chicago has reported that backup Nazr Mohammed will get the starting nod.

The Bulls and Grizzlies tip-off at 7:00 p.m. CT at the United Center.