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Joakim Noah to start in return

Updated: February 23, 2011, 11:56 AM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, who missed 30 games after thumb surgery, will start against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.

"Very excited, very excited," Noah said. "It's been awhile. I'm just excited to play basketball again."

Noah said his thumb feels "a lot better," and although there wasn't much contact in practice, he's not concerned how it will hold up.

"It's good to have him back with the team," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "It's another quality ...

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