Joakim Noah reveals he’s rehabbing from Achilles surgery
Free-agent center Joakim Noah hasn’t been on an NBA roster since he was not re-signed by the Memphis Grizzlies after his one-year veteran’s minimum contract expired at the end of last season. Now we know why he hasn’t been signed: Achilles surgery.
The NBA veteran announced on his Instagram Wednesday that he has been rehabbing his Achilles injury after having the surgery four months ago. Noah included a video of him working out and mentioned his past with injuries:
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The grind can’t stop. This is all I know. 4 months post achilles surgery and I’m back on the track. My goal is to get back out there and compete. I’ve had many surgeries but coming back from this would be very rewarding. Thanks to the team of specialist who are helping me get better. @xptlife @teammpg @fab9osteopro @speed__doctor @ross.burns @mudrasmassage @chrisjohnsonhoops @lairdsuperfood @alexperris @anjiibaby thanks to my family and friends for dealing with my ups and downs. I love u guys. U know who you are. We are all morning the death of one of the greatest. Thinking about Kobe makes me want to work harder.
There had been rumors of an injury, but nothing had been confirmed until now.
A former top-10 pick, Noah was one of the best centers in the league for a period of time in the early 2010s. Spending his first nine seasons with the Chicago Bulls, the 6-foot-11, 230-pound big man was named to two All-Star teams, made the All-NBA Defensive Team three times and was even named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year for the 2013-14 season.
Noah was an integral part and defensive anchor of the Derrick Rose-led Bulls teams that competed in the Eastern Conference during that time.
Despite his early success in Chicago, injuries have hindered Noah’s career in recent years, leaving him fighting for a roster spot and playing time in most cases. A hefty contract from the New York Knicks in 2016 that he didn’t come close to living up to also didn’t help his cause.
Joakim Noah was actually a free agent for most of 2018 before the Grizzlies signed him in December. In 42 games with the team, the veteran center put up a respectable 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in only 16.5 minutes a contest while shooting 51.6 percent from the field.