Noah just happy to be playing

Updated: March 22, 2010, 3:08 PM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is only expected to play about 12 minutes on Monday night against the Houston Rockets, but after sitting out for the better part of almost two months because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot, he will gladly take it.

For Noah, just being back on the floor is a rejuvenating experience in itself.

"It puts a lot of things in perspective," he said after Monday morning's shootaround. "You want to be out there on the court. ...

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