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Do you like having feet? Do you like walking on those feet? If so, how would you like walking on those feet if there were hundreds of needles sticking in to the soles?

You probably wouldn’t like it very much, but that’s exactly what Joakim Noah says he’s been dealing with for the past couple of months. Sounds really fun. From CSN Chicago:

“It really sucks. Plantar fasciitis sucks. It feels like you have needles underneath your foot while you’re playing. That’s what it feels like, so you can imagine. You need to jump, you need to run, you need to do a lot of things while you’re playing basketball, so you don’t want needles underneath your foot, right?” [Noah] went on to explain. “It’s not easy, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. These are the hands I’ve been given, so I’m just trying to stay focused on trying to get better every day and I’m just happy to be able to be on the court.

Yep, that pretty much sounds like the worst. And it’s made even more so the worst by the fact that Noah is a) seven feet tall b) at least 230 pounds c) plays professional basketball for a living d) plays professional basketball in a way where it’s basically impossible for him to “take it easy.” Other than those four things, I’d imagine playing with needles underneath your feet isn’t that big of a deal.

And that’s why there are so many results from this week for a Google search of “joakim noah inspiration.” Playing basketball is hard, playing basketball injured is even harder and playing basketball with injured feet might be the hardest of all. Just ask Bill Walton or the thousand other big guys who have had their careers affected by foot injuries. You use those suckers every second you’re on the court and then you overuse them every time you jump. That’s why Joakim Noah looked so miserable during his entire 25 minutes of court time in Game 1, not because Brook Lopez ripped a really nasty fart, as previously believed.

Lastly, just to answer Noah’s question — you’re right, you don’t want needles underneath your foot. Obviously.