Joakim Noah missed Friday night’s loss to the New Jersey Nets with what was listed as an undisclosed foot injury.
It was learned afterwards that Noah has plantar fasciitis in the right foot. He suffered with the same ailment in his left foot during the 2009-10 season and it caused him to miss 18 games.
“It has been bothering me for a couple of games,” Noah told the Tribune. “I need to get this thing right.
“I know it’s hard to come back from, but I’m on it a lot earlier than I was last time,” he continued. “I think the difference was last time I just tried to keep fighting through it and fighting through it, and I’m just trying to be smart about it. I just know that if I would have kept playing on it, even just today, I would probably be out a lot longer.”
Noah said he started to experience pain and swelling 10 days ago and the condition worsened the more he played on it.
"It's frustrating, but I'm hoping that with a little bit of rest I'll be all right," he said..
Noah was selected as a reserve for the Eastern Conference All-Stars and the Bulls have six games remaining before the break.