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The restriction, which has been in place all season, returned to the forefront after Sunday's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder -- a game in which Noah barely played down the stretch. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said he "ran out of minutes" for Noah. "It's frustrating," Noah said, his first public comments since before Friday's loss to the Charlotte Hornets. "But I think I'm not the only one who's frustrated sometimes. I think it's part of the grind. But I'm just trying to stay focused on what's important: trying to win basketball games. I'm not trying to get caught up in any noise or anything like that. I don't want to be a distraction. We'll figure it out internally and do what's best for the team." ESPN.com

March 18, 2015 Updates

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has received the February NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente in recognition of his outstanding efforts to empower youth and take a stand against violence, the NBA announced today. The award recognizes an NBA player each month who best reflects the passion that the league and its players share for giving back to their communities. Kaiser Permanente and the NBA are honoring Noah for his commitment to improving the lives of local youth and combatting violence throughout Chicago. Noah has dedicated himself to helping children develop a stronger sense of self through his Noah’s Arc Foundation (NAF), which recently launched the “Rock Your Drop: The Drop of Consciousness” anti-violence initiative. The Drop Movement supports those impacted by violence and encourages youth to express themselves through creative outlets like sports and art. NBA.com

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KC Johnson: Noah, whose foundation just produced that powerful anti-violence video, joked about how retaliating on Nene "wouldn't have been a good look" Twitter @KCJHoop

The Bulls big man reiterated that playing for France is not one of his priorities. “Playing for France is a great experience as I have always said. But it has never been my priority” said Noah to L’Equipe. “I have always been very frank about it but some players and people don’t understand that” added the Bulls big man. “My priority is my career. Before making a decision I will first speak with the other players that I respect a lot. At the moment I have no answer for the technical director of France NT. I am not in the position to make a decision” added Noah. Coach Collet said that if Noah is not at Eurobasket he won’t play also in Rio if France makes it to the Olympic Games. Sportando

March 3, 2015 Updates

Taj Gibson thought about getting even when his longtime friend was shot in the head. Derrick Rose also lost a childhood friend to a gun, but he never wanted condolences. He and Gibson were simply talking about friends they've lost to violence. So did Bulls reserve Nazr Mohammed and former teammate Luol Deng. And so did several friends and siblings of Chicago teens who have been killed in recent years. They all appear in "You're Not Alone," an anti-violence video produced by Bulls center Joakim Noah and directed by award-winning author and documentarian Alex Kotlowitz. The video also serves as an invitation for people to talk candidly about the emotional toll of gun violence, much like several interview subjects did during the 8-minute film. Chicago Tribune

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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

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