The Bulls announced Thursday night that center Joakim Noah -- who is suffering from plantar fasciitis of the left foot -- will be shut down at least through the All-Star break.
Noah was in Atlanta with the Bulls on Thursday and attended the team's practice session at Georgia Tech -- watching from the sidelines -- but he was scheduled to return to Chicago on Friday for treatment.
"After visiting with Joakim and our medical staff, we all agreed that this was the best course of action," general manager Gar Forman said.
After Noah struggled up and down the court Wednesday night in Philadelphia, he was asked if he would be better off sitting out for a while.
"I don't know," he said. "We don't have a lot of depth at the five [center] besides me and Brad [Miller]. I know Brad is playing hurt as well. Whatever the coaches want at the end of the day. I'm gonna go out there and suit up until they tell me I'm hurting the team.
"I want to be out there and I want to help the team as much as possible, so I'm not gonna be the one to say I'm gonna sit out a game. The only reason I did that in Houston is I literally couldn't play."