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February 26, 2015 Updates
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Before jetting off to his Jamaican vacation, Joakim Noah knew he had to keep his mind focused on basketball for one more night. After a season full of ups and downs, the emotional leader of the Chicago Bulls wanted to make one last point before the All-Star Break. "We've been really playing pretty s----y basketball lately," Noah acknowledged after Thursday night's 113-98 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. "So just to get a good quality win ... I think it was important for us." ESPN.com

More important, he remains more active on both ends of the court and looks as if he is finally trusting that knee. Maybe that's why he was so optimistic before heading out of the United Center late Thursday night. "I still feel like I got another gear to get to," Noah said. "It's just been up and down, man, so I just have to stay patient, but I'm excited though. I'm feeling better and better, and I just got to keep working." ESPN.com

February 9, 2015 Updates

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is getting into the gym business. The 29-year-old reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year has struck a deal through his marketing agency with New York-based chain Crunch Fitness to open five Crunch gym locations in the Chicago area over the next few years. Sparked by to a new partnership between Crunch and BDA Sports Management, which represents Noah, the near-seven-footer will headline the fitness chain's expansion into Illinois later this year with plans to break ground on his first location this fall. Crain's Chicago Business

January 24, 2015 Updates

The Bulls’ front line of Gasol, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson helped Chicago outrebound Dallas 47-30. While the Mavericks got solid games from its starting big men — Tyson Chandler had his 19th double-double of the season and Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting — the rest of the Mavericks accounted for only 11 rebounds. “We needed to be tougher,” Carlisle said. “We need to be more hit-first.” Dallas Morning News

January 21, 2015 Updates

I wrote last week that Chicago Bulls big man Joakim Noah has privately expressed concerns about his left knee, surgically repaired last spring for torn cartilage, according to a source, while publicly saying it is coming along fine. Sources close to Noah insist the knee is improving and that the greater issue with his diminished statistics and struggle to defend his Defensive Player of the Year title has to do with having to spend more time away from the basket defensively, thanks to the addition of Pau Gasol. While Gasol has significantly boosted Chicago's offense, a case could be made that he is allowing more points than he is producing. Noah is so frustrated, one source said, that he'd welcome coming off the bench to play his normal center position rather than continue to defend stretch 4s and not be in position to quarterback the defense. Bleacher Report

As frustrated as Thibodeau makes them at times, and as much of a taskmaster as he can be, there isn't the sense that he has lost his team. His players hate his guts sometimes, but they are too proud to quit on him now. Rose, Gibson and Joakim Noah have invested way too much of their professional careers in Thibodeau's system to stop playing hard in the middle of a season. They believe they can win a title with this group and they remain confident they can turn this around once they get fully healthy. If Thibodeau's principles have taught his players anything over the past five years, it's that they can't quit when times get tough. ESPN.com

January 19, 2015 Updates

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah will not play Monday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers as he continues to recover from a sprained right ankle. The good news for the Bulls, however, is that the MRI taken Saturday on Noah's ankle came back "clean," and coach Tom Thibodeau hopes the All-Star center can return soon. "It's clean, so it's good," Thibodeau said after Monday's shootaround. "He's making progress, so we'll see where he is when we get back." ESPN.com

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Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah exited Wednesday night's 105-99 loss to the Washington Wizards with a sprained right ankle and did not return. Noah had two points, three rebounds and two assists in the first half. Taj Gibson took his place to start the third quarter. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Noah would be re-examined on Thursday. ESPN.com

January 10, 2015 Updates

Bulls forward Joakim Noah noticed the T-shirt and gave Seraphin an approving chest-tap at midcourt. Noah is the son of French tennis champion Yannick Noah. "I'm happy he did that," Joakim Noah said. "[France is] going through some tough times right now, and he honored the people." ESPN.com

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There isn't a tougher competitor in the NBA than Joakim Noah, but even the reigning Defensive Player of the Year understands when to scale it down. And just 21 games into the season, it's the reason he'll miss Friday night's contest against the Portland Trail Blazers with a sprained right ankle. "If I could play I could play. But right now my ankle’s still bothering me, so I have to be smart," Noah said Friday after the team's shootaround. "It’s lingering. But it’s the life we chose and I’m doing all the rehab and getting all the information. Hope it won’t be too much longer." CSN Chicago

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