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.

Comments (5)

  1. ‘These feet are the hands I’ve been given.’

  2. It’s ok, it’s not like they have an All-Star point guard who was medically cleared a month ago and could possibly lighten the load of a team that has to lean heavily on its defensive players. It’s not like Noah has a long-term future to think about himself. It’s not like championship windows close faster than they open and it’s not like this is a Bulls team that takes the Heat to the limit every time, even when missing 2 or 3 major stars. It’s not like any of these things are the case.

    Keep walking on needles Joakim. Bill Walton will tell you that your feet are the most expendable part of your body.

  3. His description is pretty accurate. I had a minor case of plantar fasciitis when training for an ironman triathlon and I found the only way to fully get rid of it was to stop running so it could heal. Noah has to still play so I could only imagine how painful it must be.

  4. I wonder what the “Humble MVP” thinks. Still day to day

  5. Plantar fasciitis is particularly common in runners. In addition, people who are overweight, women who are pregnant and those who wear shoes with inadequate support are at risk of plantar fasciitis. ^’^.

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