Joakim Noah is missing more time because of the plantar fasciitis in his feet. The Chicago Bulls center missed three games back in February because of it, but as we predicted, he didn't rest, stretch, ice, or rehab long enough for it to make a difference. And now it's back.
Noah hasn't shown any signs that his feet have been bothering him lately, averaging 14.7 points over 10 games, 12.4 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks.
"He's had an All-Star season," says coach Tom Thibodeau. "He's done a great job for us, but we have more than enough- next man up, get out there and get the job done."
Noah is currently a game-time decision.
Bryan Crawford, writer of Outside Shot for NBC Chicago, believes that Noah needs to get new shoes. Noah wears Le Coq Sportif, a French company. Noah's father, tennis great Yannick Noah, is of French descent and has been associated with the company for more than 25 years. The company traditionally makes shoes for tennis and casual wear and this was their first venture into basketball shoes.
It's commendable that Noah wants to keep the relationship with LeCoq Sportif going, but his problems with plantar fasciitis didn't start until he began playing in the NBA and wearing that brand of shoes. Noah wore Nike shoes at Florida and had no problems with his feet.
Unfortunately, professional athletes are typically locked into contracts with shoe companies. However, if Noah is looking to continue his All-Star career, perhaps he should look elsewhere at different companies for better shoes.
Reference: NBC Chicago
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