Joakim Noah had plans to play for France at the 2011 EuroBasket tournament next month, but those plans have been put on hold due to a nagging ankle injury. Yes, the same injury that the Chicago Bulls center played on during his team's run in the NBA Playoffs.
According to a statement from the team released on FIBA's website, while its doctors were performing routine physicals last week, the ankle injury showed that it was serious enough to warrant sending the medical reports to Noah's agent. The agent then requested Noah return to Chicago so that he can closer evaluate the situation.
France has sent its own trainer, Crawford Palmer, to Chicago "to coordinate the rehabilitation program of the player in accordance with his agent."
While Noah should probably be healthy by the time his nation needs him during its bid to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics, its likely his agent isn't going to want the much-improved center to jeopardize any future earnings by playing this summer, making it important he's 100 percent by the time France plays its first game on August 31.