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Noah says he will not play for France this summer unless fully healthy

Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah is guarded by Brooklyn Nets' Reggie Evans during the first half of Game 6 in their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinals basketball game in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah (L) is guarded by Brooklyn Nets’ Reggie Evans during the first half of Game 6 in their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinals basketball game in Chicago, Illinois, May 2, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

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There were guys last summer who played through injuries to be part of the Olympics and it came back to haunt them this season. Nene, for example, played through plantar fasciitis to be part of Brazil’s team in London, but he missed a chunk of the Wizards’ season.

Joakim Noah has been fighting through plantar fasciitis these playoffs, the foot condition that really only gets better with rest.

Noah could play for France in Euro 2013 this summer but told Catch & Shoot he likely would not (translation via Hoopshype).

“My priority will always be the Bulls. And to play in a league like this, I must be 100 percent. I will not play with the French team if I’m not ready. “

Expect Noah to take a summer off. Actually, I expect a lot of NBA players will take Euro 2013 off (and other international events), knowing that in the summer of 2014 the FIBA World Championships loom.

This is the same club vs. country battle that soccer has dealt with for years, it’s going to be a bigger one for basketball in the coming years. Especially as FIBA tries to spread out it’s calendar (and make more money, of course).