Bulls' Noah has surgery on ailing left shoulder

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CHICAGO (AP) Bulls center Joakim Noah has undergone surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder.

Coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters at practice the procedure Tuesday morning was a success.

The 2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Noah is expected to miss four to six months. Barring a quick recovery or deep playoff run, he might have played his last game for the Bulls given his expiring contract.

Noah was hurt in the second quarter of Friday night's 83-77 loss to Dallas. He got tangled up with the Mavericks' JaVale McGee under the basket, yelled in pain while holding his shoulder, and immediately ran off the court and to the locker room.

He had recently missed nine games with an injury to the same shoulder.