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Joakim Noah said he's happy for LeBron James but he hopes the Bulls "kick his ass as many times as possible.

He also said he's "really, really excited" about the Bulls after their encouraging offseason. Noah may not need to play 35.3 minutes per game like last season thanks to some added depth, and the Bulls are hoping former MVP, Derrick Rose, can stay on the court. Noah touched the ball a lot last season, so the expected decrease in that department suggests his fantasy value is going down this season.

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Joakim Noah told media on Friday that his knee is feeling "great."

Noah underwent knee surgery on May 2, but reports have been consistently positive regarding Joakim's progress, and he's expected to be 100 percent by the start of training camp. Noah also opened up about the Bulls signing of Pau Gasol, stating: "It's very humbling to play with somebody who has won championships with his pedigree. [Pau's] somebody I can really learn from."

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Joakim Noah and the Bulls were in Los Angeles on Thursday to pitch Pau Gasol on joining the Bulls.

The Bulls seem like they're out of the running on Carmelo Anthony with the Lakers and Knicks offering him a max deal, so they'll have to go after Plan B in Pau. Gasol has been interviewed by the Heat and Thunder this week, so the Bulls may have their hands full on this sales pitch.

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Joakim Noah (knee) is reportedly "doing well" in his rehab from arthroscopic left knee surgery, according to Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.

"He's doing well," said Thibodeau. "He's done a good job with his rehab. He comes in, we see him about once a week. But he's everywhere and he's done a good job so we think he's in a really good place. Right now he's lifting and he's doing some shooting, but he can't run yet. Just some conditioning in the pool. All the things he normally does this time of the year. But he's doing real well." Noah has plenty of time to get ready for the 2014-15 season, and baring any unforeseen setbacks, he should be ready to go when training camp starts.

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Joakim Noah made the 2013-14 All Defensive First Team.

Chicago had the second best defense in the league, and the fifth best defense against centers. Joakim Noah adds this award to his Defensive Player of the Year award, and he was arguably the best center in the NBA this season.

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Joakim Noah successfully underwent minor arthroscopic surgery to clean out his left knee.

He is expected to be out for 8-12 weeks, which means he'll be targeting a return in late July. Noah was playing through knee pain for much of the second half of the season, but it didn't affect him as one arguably the best center in the NBA this season. He'll be ready to go for next season.

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Joakim Noah may have a minor arthroscopic procedure to clean out his left knee, but a recent MRI revealed "no major structural issues."

Noah recently had fluid drained from his troublesome knee but there is no concern that it will linger beyond the summer. He finished the season averaging 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.5 blocks, 1.2 steals and only 2.4 turnovers per game, while winning the Defensive Player of the Year award for the first time in his career.

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Joakim Noah's left knee injury is "not considered serious," according to beat writer K.C. Johnson.

Noah was due to have an MRI and get his knee drained, so the tests must have come back negative for any structural damage. It's great news for Noah and the Bulls, who were bumped out in the first round of the playoffs for the fourth time in the past six years.

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Joakim Noah will have his left knee drained and receive an MRI according to coach Tom Thibodeau.

Noah was limping noticeably towards the end of Tuesday's Game 5. Despite having a game-high 18 rebounds, he couldn't get it going offensively and the Bulls were eliminated from the playoffs. Noah is clearly a major piece of what Chicago hopes to build on for the future, so hopefully there is no structural damage to his knee. He was a top-10 fantasy center this year and will have plenty of upside next season.

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Joakim Noah's left knee has been bothering him for "the whole second half of the year," according to coach Tom Thibodeau.

Noah was laboring throughout Game 5 and he'll have his knee re-evaluated on Wednesday. The Bulls can only hope that there's nothing structurally wrong with their star center's knee, but at least he now has the entire summer to rest and recuperate.