A mild groin injury will keep Joakim Noah out of Saturday's exhibition opener in Indiana and likely Monday's second contest in St. Louis against the Grizzlies.

But Noah still can't escape talk about his feet which have been plagued by plantar fasciitis in two of his previous four seasons.

Though Noah is hopeful work with renowned French osteopath Fabrice Gautier has licked that problem for good he did acknowledge the rooster er elephant in the room following Friday's practice. Noah said he has left shoemaker Le Coq Sportif and likely will sign with Adidas which Derrick Rose endorses.

Noah wore the former brand which featured a rooster logo out of loyalty to his father Yannick who popularized the brand as a tennis star in the 1970s. And while no link can be made definitively between the shoe and Noah's foot problems that topic filled message boards and talk radio. Especially because Noah was the only NBA player to endorse the brand.

As for Noah's groin he suffered the injury during a drill at the tail end of Monday's practice. The Bulls took Tuesday off and Noah hasn't practiced since though he has done conditioning work.