Joakim Noah doubtful for France

PARIS (AP) – center may end up not playing for at the European Championship this September.

Noah is going through a difficult season after surgery on his left knee in the offseason, and told L’Equipe newspaper on Wednesday he is focusing on his NBA career.

The 30-year-old Noah, whose only appearance with France at a major tournament was at the 2011 EuroBasket, said “the French team is a great experience, but it has never been my priority.”

France technical director asked Noah to decide on his availability for the Sept. 5-20 tournament before the end of March, and made clear he won’t be selected for the Rio de if he skips the EuroBasket.

Noah is contracted to the Bulls through the 2015-16 season.

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