Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Tuesday that Derrick Rose made the smart decision by sitting out all season after undergoing ACL surgery, and he also said the team will consider all options in trying to prevent further foot problems for Joakim Noah.
"Going into the season we knew Derrick would be out for an extended amount of time," Thibodeau said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "We didn't know how long. And in the end it just didn't work out. I think a byproduct of him being out, and of course a few other injuries, we saw the emergence of Jimmy Butler and Joakim Noah had a career year."
That career year, however, did not come without a recurrence of his plantar fasciitis.
We're trying to figure (out how to prevent more foot problems)," Thibodeau said. "He needs rest right now to get completely healthy, and then we're going to look at the possibility of doing some corrective exercises, and things like that.
"So we'll look at the entire picture, but the main thing is to make sure he gets completely healthy this summer."
Noah has battled plantar fasciitis for years. He missed two months in the 2010-11 season with it and it flared up again this season as he missed 12 of the last 15 games of the regular season and limped through an inspired playoff performance.
Thibodeau was asked specifically if the team has considered asking Noah to change shoes. He's the only player in the NBA to wear Le Coq Sportif, which is made in France and was worn by his father Yannick when he was a tennis champion in the 1980s.
"As I said, we're going to look at everything, and then we're going to determine what we think is best for him," Thibodeau said. "But I think he's comfortable with the shoes, but we will re-examine all things that we can look at."
Thibodeau also was asked about the amount of minutes he demands from his players. Noah was tied for 16th in the league at 36.8 minutes in the regular season while teammate Luol Deng, who has battled wrist issues, led the league at 38.7 minutes per game.
"Luol has shown us that he can handle big minutes," Thibodeau said. "Now the thing that we're concerned about with Joakim is that he's been hurt whether he's played short minutes, long minutes and really this is the only year that he's played extended minutes. His minutes have been on the low side for a long time. But we will look at everything."