CHICAGO - Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah underwent arthroscopic left knee surgery on Friday and is expected to spend the next eight to 12 weeks rehabilitating and recovering.
The operation was performed by team physician Brian Cole only days after the Bulls were eliminated by the Washington Wizards in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
Noah was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year, anchoring a Chicago defensive effort that surrendered a league-low 91.8 points a game.
The son of famed French tennis star Yannick Noah, Joakim Noah averaged 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists during the regular season for Chicago.
Noah averaged 10.4 points, 12.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists a game for the Bulls against the Wizards, who won their best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round playoff series 4-1.
Noah, 29, became the first Bulls player to win the award since Michael Jordan in 1988.
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