Chicago Bulls Looking for Game 2 Vengeance on Atlanta Hawks

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Yay. Derrick Rose won the MVP. Let’s celebrate. Yay.

Okay, time to get back to things that are actually, you know, important. Saying the Bulls laid an egg in Game one is an insult to laying eggs.

The Bulls absolutely dominated the Hawks in the regular season winning two out of three games with a margin of victory of 25.5 points. In the game they lost, the Bulls blew a double-digit lead.

The Bulls are better than the Hawks. But No one would believe that if they watched the game Monday night. So what do the Bulls need to do to rebound from their horrid performance in the series-opening game? Let’s discuss.

By: Brian McCabe

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Bulls Joakim Noah Talks About His New Non-Profit Organization

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Averaging 14 points and 11.7 rebounds, Chicago Bulls Center Joakim Noah will add hustle, speed, defense and versatility to a Bulls team that is already looking really good right now. At 38-16, they’re #3 in the Eastern Conference but just two games behind co-leaders Miami and Boston. One of the best rebounding and defensive teams in the NBA, they’ll get even stronger when Noah returns to the lineup Wednesday night versus Toronto.

Noah recently underwent thumb surgery and hasn’t played since Dec. 15. But he’s been very busy lately, especially in the non-profit sector.

“I just started a foundation with my mom called Noah’s Arc Foundation, it’s something I’m very excited about. I think being a basketball player, we’re in a position where a lot is given to us and it’s important to give back,” Joakim said.

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Bulls Joakim Noah to Undergo Thumb Surgery Tomorrow, Could Miss 10 Weeks

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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 miss as much as ten 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.

“Joakim’s 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.

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Joakim Noah Signs Extension with the Bulls

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In the very definition of irony, the Chicago Bulls and center Joakim Noah became much more likely to part ways today, despite the announcement on a multi-year extension. The new deal does guarantee that Noah will not become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the deal is worth $11 million annually with incentives in place that could take it higher.

Noah made “the leap” last year averaging 10.7 points and 11.0 rebounds while battling plantar fasciitis in his left foot and missing 18 games, because of it. His name surfaced in sign-and-trade rumors involving the Big Three free agents – LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – this summer. You obviously, know what happened to those three guys.

By Paul M. Banks

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Joakim Noah’s persona has done a total 180

By Paul M. Banks

When my hometown Chicago Bulls drafted Joakim Noah ninth overall that summer night back in 2006, I yelled and cursed at the television. When Noah was a Florida Gator, he was one of my least favorite college basketball players of all time. And he did a lot of things that made a lot of people hate him.

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