Joakim Noah RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:227 lbs. / 103 kg.
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:227 lbs. / 103 kg.
Paul Pierce: One time, he asked [Joakim] Noah if he could rub through his hair, like a female or something.…And I know that kind of made [Noah] hot. And this was when Noah was a rookie, too. I remember Noah looked up to KG. He was like, ‘Man, KG, I had your poster on my wall, I looked up to you, man.’ And then [Garnett] just said something like that, and was like ‘F— you, Noah.’ I was like, ‘Whoa.’ This kid fresh out of college, looks up to KG, just said he had his poster on the wall, and he tells him that! It crushed him. It crushed Noah.
Trading one of Chicago’s four core frontcourt players for a wing would be the best way to unclutter the roster and open up at least the mini midlevel exception. All four guys deserve major minutes, and a team just doesn’t need four bigs who require that kind of time — especially when none of them can slide into the small-forward spot. Thibodeau tried that with Mirotic, but it’s a waste of his skill set, and he struggles at times to defend wing players — especially when teams put him in the pick-and-roll, as Cleveland did when Mirotic was guarding Iman Shumpert. Gibson is the likeliest trade candidate, though there is some intrigue around the league about Noah on an expiring contract. Executives are curious: Is Noah forever diminished, or can we rehabilitate him? But Noah is so central to Chicago’s culture that the Bulls may be reluctant to move him. He is their soul. Then again, people said that about Luol Deng, and when the Bulls found a killer trade, they didn’t hesitate.
While seemingly a distant memory, the Bulls were up 2-1 in the series. They had Game 4 on their homecourt with a chance to maintain homecourt advantage. It was a chance they’d been waiting for for years, given Rose’s history with injuries. But they blew a seven-point lead entering the fourth quarter, lost any sense of offense and eventually fell on a thrilling James buzzer-beater from the corner. The series flipped on James’ make. “I guess, yeah,” said Joakim Noah, admitting that maybe the Bulls had missed their shot. “The reality is there’s no more basketball. There’s no more practices. There’s no more meetings with this group. That’s always hard and always take a little time to digest.”
The unusual part of the Thibodeau-Bulls power struggle is that he hasn’t lost the locker room at all, despite his notoriously hard-driving style. On the contrary, players overwhelmingly voiced their support for the coach in the locker room. “If it was up to me, he’d be back,” said Derrick Rose. Added Joakim Noah: “I think Thibs is a hard worker who always had us prepared.” Said Taj Gibson: “If you want to be coached and pushed, Thibs is the coach for you. If you don’t want to get better, this isn’t the team for you.”
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau seems committed to keeping his lineup as is, even with center Joakim Noah struggling. Noah is 1 for 14 from the free throw line in the postseason and Thibodeau was asked Thursday if he would consider starting backup forward Taj Gibson instead. “Not right now,” Thibodeau said. “When Jo was on the floor, we were a plus. You’ve got to look at a lot of things. We’ll see how it unfolds, but Jo brings a lot to our team.” Noah is leading the Bulls with 10.8 rebounds per game in the postseason and said his free-throw woes haven’t become a mental thing. “It’s disappointing,” he said. “I’ve just got to keep working and make them tomorrow.”
Noah reportedly claimed a Cavaliers fan spat on him last night. Did Noah also cross the line? It’s unclear whether this is related to the spitting incident. Noah obviously didn’t hurt the fan with the tap/push, but this appears to be beyond what the NBA finds acceptable. That Noah was frustrated with his team’s 19-point halftime deficit and/or the fan might have said something inappropriate matters only so much. The league can’t tolerate players escalating issues with fans.
Cardale Jones was in attendance for Game 2 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls. Ohio State’s third-string quarterback, who led the team to a national championship, addressed the Cleveland crowd during the game, which drew the ire of Joakim Noah. Anthony Lima. Noah on bench watching Cardale Jones on the public address mic mouthed, “you ain’t in the SEC”. Noah played for the University of Florida, winning back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, Florida beat Ohio State. These facts were lost upon Jones, who decided there was beef and declared war on Noah. Twitter war.
Kaiser Permanente and the NBA will donate $25,000 to the charity of the winner’s choice. McLemore designated Saint John’s Program for Real Change, which intends to buy a 15-passenger van to take homeless kids currently without transportation to and from school. The winner will be chosen by NBA judges and fan votes. The window for voting is April 20-27. This can be done with a post on Twitter, an NBA Facebook account, or an Instagram post by using the hashtags #NBACommunityAssist and #BenMcLemore.