Pin removed from Joakim Noah's thumb

Updated: January 26, 2011, 3:15 PM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah had the pin taken out of his right thumb on Tuesday and was back at practice Wednesday wearing a protective white guard over the thumb and hand.

"He's in good spirits," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "He's working out. [He] still can't do anything on the court, but he's doing his conditioning and his strength stuff, but [he's in] very good spirits."

Thibodeau still isn't sure when Noah will return, but is hopeful it is sooner ...

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