HoopsHype Joakim Noah rumors

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There isn't a tougher competitor in the NBA than Joakim Noah, but even the reigning Defensive Player of the Year understands when to scale it down. And just 21 games into the season, it's the reason he'll miss Friday night's contest against the Portland Trail Blazers with a sprained right ankle. "If I could play I could play. But right now my ankle’s still bothering me, so I have to be smart," Noah said Friday after the team's shootaround. "It’s lingering. But it’s the life we chose and I’m doing all the rehab and getting all the information. Hope it won’t be too much longer." CSN Chicago

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Unlike Tyson’s bite of Evander Holyfield’s ear, however, Garnett didn’t connect with his, and no one even noticed at the time. When asked about it after the game, Noah did his best to play up the incident. “Yo, man, he tried to bite me, man,” Noah said. “That’s crazy man. I mean, it’s unbelievable. New York Post

During Sunday’s 102-84 loss to the Bulls, the Nets’ forward was caught by television cameras pretending to chomp down on Noah’s right hand as the two jostled for position. “I know how to bite somebody,” Garnett said with a laugh afterward. “Obviously I was messing around in that moment. If I wanted to bite him, I’d have just … shout out to Mike Tyson.” New York Post

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Noah acknowledged the seriousness of the May 2014 knee surgery, which the Bulls originally termed minor and needing an eight- to 12-week rehabilitation period. Both Noah and the Bulls acknowledged on the eve of training camp that a longer recovery period prohibited Noah from playing full court all offseason. And Noah has remained on minutes restrictions all season. "It was more than a scope," Noah said. "That's what it was supposed to be. So it definitely took longer than we expected. But it's nothing that I can't recover from and be back 100 percent and be right." Chicago Tribune

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Nick Friedell: Thibs says Noah is out knee/eye. Hinrich is in. Gibson still in Chicago and Thibs says he's still day to day. Rose and Gasol will play. Twitter @NickFriedell

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