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Noah undergoes left knee surgery

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  • Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah drives on Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat during Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Chicago. The Wizards won 75-69, taking the series. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Steve Lundy) MANDATORY CREDIT  MAGS OUT

      Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah drives on Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat during Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Chicago. The Wizards won 75-69, taking the series. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Steve Lundy) MANDATORY CREDIT MAGS OUT

 
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Bulls center Joakim Noah is recovering after undergoing arthroscopic left knee surgery.

Chicago announced the operation Friday. It was performed by team physician Dr. Brian Cole. The team says Noah will rehab his knee for eight to 12 weeks.

Noah is coming off his best season with the Bulls, when he was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year. The 6-foot-11 Noah set career highs with averages of 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists.

Noah helped the Bulls win 48 games during the regular season, but it was clear that the knee was bothering him when Chicago was eliminated by Washington in the first round of the playoffs. He had the knee drained at some point during the season and the injury flared up again.

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