Bulls can be good enough minus Noah

December, 16, 2010
12/16/10
4:51
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Isaacson By Melissa Isaacson
ESPNChicago.com
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DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Lest we forget, the last time we discussed a Joakim Noah injury and whether or not the Bulls center should have been playing with it, John Paxson and Vinny Del Negro nearly came to blows.

So this is not déjà vu.

More like déjà whew.

Not that it is ever good news when the heart, soul and longest limbs of your franchise goes down and has to undergo surgery on his shooting hand, but this feels -- and is -- entirely different than last season. Not good, but not necessarily disastrous either.

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Melissa Isaacson

Columnist, ESPNChicago.com
Melissa Isaacson is a columnist for espnW.com, ESPN Chicago and ESPN.com. The award-winning writer has covered Chicago sports for most of her 31-year career, including at the Chicago Tribune before joining ESPN in 2009. Isaacson has also covered tennis since 1986.

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