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The bizarre Achilles injury Joakim Noah suffered due to an ice tub

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The LA Clippers officially signed Joakim Noah on Monday night, locking up the former two-time NBA All-Star to the team’s final roster spot. Noah signed a 10-day deal, but he’s expected to be signed through the season once that is up.

Noah traveled with the team to San Francisco to take on the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night, but he was listed as inactive. Considering he hasn’t been able to practice with the Clippers yet, and the team is tentatively scheduled to practice Thursday, it’s likely that his debut comes as early as Friday night against the Brooklyn Nets.

But the story of Joakim Noah over the last few months has been a weird one. He had a fantastic year for the Memphis Grizzlies in limited time, averaging 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.7 blocks per game on 51.6 percent shooting from the field.

Noah, however, went unsigned through free agency and throughout the NBA season, despite reports that he was in good shape and actively pursuing an NBA comeback. Now we know why Noah wasn’t signed and why many teams didn’t look to take a risk and sign 2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year.

During the TNT broadcast of the Clippers and Warriors, sideline reporter Jared Greenberg explained that Joakim Noah had been dealing with an Achilles injury, but not the common rupture that you’d expect.

“The Clippers had interest in signing Joakim Noah prior to the year, but in September, Noah was carrying one of those stainless steel ice rubs and it cut him on the Achilles tendon. Fortunately, it didn’t rupture, but it did require a six-month rehab, which he has now worked his way back from.”

The Clippers maintained their pre-season interest in Noah as the season continued. The team brought him in for a workout last week and signed him on Monday.

As mentioned earlier, if the Clippers end up practicing Thursday, it would give Noah a chance to familiarize himself with the team’s system ahead of the Friday/Saturday back-to-back set against the Brooklyn Nets and New Orleans Pelicans.