Joakim Noah is on the rise.
In a recent Instagram post, the former Bulls center indicated that he’s actively on the hunt for another NBA opportunity, sooner rather than later:
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The grind can’t stop. This is all I know. 4 months post achilles surgery and I’m back on the track. My goal is to get back out there and compete. I’ve had many surgeries but coming back from this would be very rewarding. Thanks to the team of specialist who are helping me get better. @xptlife @teammpg @fab9osteopro @speed__doctor @ross.burns @mudrasmassage @chrisjohnsonhoops @andrew_page @axleworkout @lairdsuperfood @alexperris @anjiibaby thanks to my family and friends for dealing with my ups and downs. I love u guys. U know who you are. We are all morning the death of one of the greatest. Thinking about Kobe makes me want to work harder.
“The grind can’t stop. This is all I know,” Noah wrote in the post, which features a video of him sprinting. “[Four] months post Achilles surgery and I’m back on track. My goal is to get back out there and compete.”
Noah flirted with workouts with a couple teams before the season — including the Clippers — but reports of a mysterious, significant offseason injury loomed. It appears that injury required an operation on Noah’s achilles, typically a devastating sign for an athlete.
“We are all mourning the death of one of the greatest,” Noah added. “Thinking about Kobe makes me want to work harder.”
If Noah does find a landing place, he’ll almost certainly want it to be with a contender, so cross a Chicago reunion off the list of potential possibilities for the time being. Still, having Noah floating around the league to root for would add a fun wrinkle to the NBA season.
In 42 games with the Grizzlies last year, Noah averaged 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. In the right situation, he's still got something to give.