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Collet hopes to have Joakim Noah back with the team after three years of absence. Noah missed Olympic Games in London in 2012, Eurobasket 2013 and this year’s FIBA World Cup. “I hope Joakim Noah will return to the France NT” Collet said. “He helped us to win the silver medal at Eurobasket 2011 and I think he is now a better player. He became one of the best big men in the world” added Collet. Sportando

July 28, 2014 Updates

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah says he will be "ready" for training camp as he continues rehabbing from arthroscopic left knee surgery. "I feel pretty good," Noah told ESPNChicago.com on Sunday during a promotional event for Adidas. "Obviously I have a ways to go, but I'm excited. When I see what our team looks like, I think that Gar [Forman] and Pax [John Paxon] put together a very solid team and I'm really excited about next year." ESPN.com

July 27, 2014 Updates

Around the same time funeral services were being held for 11-year-old Shamiya Adams, Bulls center Joakim Noah was busy across town at the United Center working to try to curb the violence in Chicago. Through his Noah's Arc Foundation, the All-Star center recently has devoted his time to encouraging peace in the city. On Friday he unveiled a public service announcement asking Chicagoans to stand up to gun violence. Saturday Bulls point guard Derrick Rose and Rockets guard Patrick Beverley, a Chicago native, joined him for the finale of Noah's ONE CITY Basketball Tournament. The championship game saw the South Side, coached by Rose, defeat Beverley's West Side team. "We started doing the peace tournaments a couple of years ago," Noah said. "A lot of people didn't think it was possible to bring people from different parts of the city together. This is more than a basketball game." Chicago Tribune

July 25, 2014 Updates

"Even when we sucked, I always felt like we had championship aspirations," he said. "I don’t go into a game thinking we’re going to lose. Ever. I don’t care who we play against. But obviously, a lot of things need to go your way to win a championship. You have to be lucky. The chemistry has to be great. "We feel like we’ve dealt with a lot of adversity. I think that that adversity will help us in the long run. Our team is hungry. Our team is working hours in the middle of the summer, guys are working out every day. Only time will tell. But it’s exciting." Chicago Tribune

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has unveiled an effort to tamp down the city's gun violence, including a public service announcement in which he stars. In the PSA, Noah asks Chicago "what do you stand for." City residents are then shown what they stand for, including positivity and resolving conflict without violence. Bulls forward Derrick Rose says he stands "for my city." USA Today Sports

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Later, the Bulls’ brass made a pitch centered around the fact that a core of Anthony, Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson – with Tom Thibodeau coaching – would be able to contend right away in the depleted Eastern Conference. While Rose had went on the record saying that he wasn’t going recruit Anthony to Chicago, he was very involved in the team’s courtship of the superstar free agent, according to sources close to the situation. Basketball Insiders

After meeting at the facility and discussing the team’s pitch, the group went to dinner at the Peninsula Hotel in downtown Chicago. Anthony, Noah, Rose, Gibson, Thibodeau, Jerry Reinsdorf, Gar Forman and Scottie Pippen were all in attendance at the dinner, according to sources. The Bulls left the meeting and dinner feeling very confident that Anthony is seriously considering signing with Chicago, according to sources close to the situation. Basketball Insiders

The meeting began shortly after Anthony strolled past the Michael Jordan statue outside Gate 4 and entered the United Center near 1 p.m. Joakim Noah already had arrived. Taj Gibson joined the meeting around 2:30 p.m. His participation isn't insignificant. Sources said both the Bulls and Anthony, should he choose Chicago, want to keep Gibson. Chicago Tribune

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