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Trib (no KC Johnson?):

Before taking the dais with second-round draft picks Aaron Gray and JamesOn Curry at a Monday afternoon news conference at the Berto Center, Noah had his ailing right rotator cuff examined by [Team physician Brian] Cole.

The Bulls will hold their lottery pick out of summer-league action in both Orlando and Salt Lake City, taking a conservative approach with an injury over which they hold no long-term concerns.

"He'll travel to be part of the experience, but he's just going to get treatment because we're going to rest it for the next month so he has his best chance moving forward," general manager John Paxson said. "(Surgery) is a last resort. Our doctors are confident if we go this approach, he'll be fine."

The Bulls, like all teams, viewed magnetic resonance imaging tests of what is believed to be a slight tear in the shoulder before last Thursday's draft. That Noah accepted all predraft workouts while in pain pleased rather than put off Bulls management.

"A lot of guys shy away from those things," Paxson said. "I think you can tell he's about winning and competing."

(I have a feeling we won't read any Pax/Skiles quotes this summer without the word 'winner' in them. Luckily for them the team is winning, so it doesn't come off as eye-roll-inducing as it could.)

Here's Noah on the injury:

"I don't think (surgery) is the first option. They want to see how it is with rehab. I did three weeks of rehab in Los Angeles when I was working out with (noted trainer) Joe Abunassar. My shoulder actually felt a lot better. But with the draft process that's going on and flying from team to team and competing, I didn't have time to do any of the rehab. I was in pain all the time. I just wanted to show teams I was ready to compete and a little problem in my shoulder wasn't going to stop me from playing."

Kindof a bummer regarding summer league, hopefully the shoulder heals with plenty of time before training camp so they can make him shoot 2000 jump shots a day. Before being able to enter the Mike Sweetney memorial cafetorium.

There's video of Monday's press conference here (under the 'what's new' tab)