Joakim Noah undergoes arthroscopic left knee surgery, but is now recovering. It was performed by team physician Dr. Brian Cole and the team says Noah will rehab his knee for eight to 12 weeks.
The Chicago Bulls center is coming off his best season, when he was the NBA defensive player of the year. The 6-foot-11 former Florida Gator set career highs with averages of 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists.
Noah helped the Bulls win 48 games during the regular season, but it was clear that the knee was bothering him when Chicago was eliminated by Washington in the first round of the playoffs. He had the knee drained at some point during the season and the injury flared up again.
Noah, 29, became the first Bulls player to win the award since Michael Jordan in 1988.