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Noah (knee) 'doing well' but not running yet

6/27/2014

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is "doing well" in his rehab from arthroscopic left knee surgery, according to Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, but the All-Star center still hasn't started running again.

Noah, who was named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year this year, had surgery on May 2 to clean out the knee that was giving him problems toward the end of the season. He was expected to be out between 8-12 weeks.

"As you guys know, this is Joakim's time to travel the world so he's everywhere right now," Thibodeau said during ESPN 1000's draft show on Thursday night. "He's doing well, though. 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."

Thibodeau acknowledged that Noah likely will be a part of the Bulls' recruiting pitch to prospective free agents over the coming weeks.

"I would assume that he might be," Thibodeau said with a chuckle.