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Joakim Noah won’t play for France in Olympics

Updated: July 6, 2012 10:57AM

Remember when Joakim Noah warmed up before Game 6 in Philadelphia? It was obvious he had not recovered enough from the twisted ankle he suffered in Game 3 to play in what turned out the be an elimination game for the Bulls.

Nearly eight weeks later, Noah is still on the mend. The Bulls center announced that he will not play for France during the upcoming Olympics because of the injury, according to the French sports daily L’Equipe.

“I’m absolutely not ready, not ready to run, not ready to jump,” Noah said, courtesy of a translation on “And even less to play. I need more time and work. I’m not in form for someone who wants to compete in the Olympics. And given the problems that I have with my ankles, not going to the Games seemed to be the most reasonable decision.”

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