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Joakim Noah has thumb surgery

Updated: December 17, 2010, 6:04 PM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah underwent successful surgery on the ulna collateral ligament in his right thumb Thursday morning. He is expected to be out 8-10 weeks.

"Obviously it affects us," Bulls general manager Gar Forman said. "Not only from a statistical standpoint with his points and rebounds, but the energy that he brings. He'll still be around the team. But in the short term it's a blow. Carlos [Boozer] was just getting back in the mix and they were getting ...

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