Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has been suffering with plantar fasciitis for some time now, however, he says he hasn't been feeling any pain.
During the offseason Noah has been training with no ill-effects, even taking time to tour China with Yao Ming.
Although Noah says he isn't feeling any pain in his foot, head Coach Tom Thibodeau has decided to limit the amount of minutes Noah plays in the regular season to make sure the team can utilize him in the postseason.
As reported by K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune,
"Thibodeau has said dropping Noah's minutes is a priority, so both the All-center and the Bulls are hopeful the recurring problem becomes manageable. Aiding the situation will be Thibodeau's trust in Nazr Mohammed. Though the Bulls tried hard to land Marcus Camby and Elton Brand to add big-man depth, not having Mohammed buried on the bench early like last season will help."Even with Mohammed as their big man, the Bulls will need Noah in the regular season. Thibodeau's strategy may seem like a great idea, but it could come to halt if it interferes with their number of regular season wins.