HoopsHype Joakim Noah rumors

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So, of course, there were glares between the two. ‘‘I remember one day we were working out at the Berto Center, and Thibs was putting me through a real hard workout,’’ Noah said this week. ‘‘I told him, ‘You know, Thibs, if we weren’t winning games, I would really, really hate you.’ And he said, ‘Trust me, Jo, I feel the same way about you.’ ’’ Noah wasn’t far off. ‘‘Initially, it was hard to run things [with Noah],’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘I talked to his college coach [Florida’s Billy Donovan], and he told me the same thing and that basically [Noah] got better every year. His first few years in the league, I was in Boston, so I had that perspective. Maybe that was good in some ways because you see him in a different light. Chicago Sun-Times

Well, that didn’t take long. Forget Game 3 of the first-round playoff series against the Washington Wizards being heated. For the Bulls, it started at the end of the Friday morning shootaround. Joakim Noah and Wizards security manager Jackie Miles got into a back-and-forth exchange of expletives. Miles came onto the Verizon Center hardwood and started screaming for Bulls players to exit so the Wizards could start their shootaround. Noah is usually the last Bull off the court in shootarounds, going through his morning routine, and wasn’t having any of it. Chicago Sun-Times

This wasn’t the first time it happened. In a visit to the nation’s capital back in January, Miles pulled the same thing, yelling to Bulls players to get off “my court.’’ There was no incident back then, but it was not appreciated nor forgotten. Wizards PR had to settle down their security guy back on that day, and again on Friday, after Bulls assistant general manager Randy Brown and Bulls director of security Erick Buck also tried to calm the situation. “Guy’s a clown,’’ one member of the Bulls travelling party said. As far as how the situation ended? Noah finished the rest of his routine, and did so on his own schedule. Chicago Sun-Times

Once the interview began, Joakim had no interest in being passive or conventional, or in providing answers that were intelligent but predictable. Cox would ask a question, and Noah would engage Cox by asking him one of his own. It turned into 40 minutes of unscripted conversation. “I like people who are idiosyncratic, who have the courage to be different,” Cox said. “And it was never like Jo ever set out to try to be different or take on some sort of persona: Oh, let me dress a certain way and do certain things because it’s going to be impress people. No, that’s just who he is. It’s genuine.” New York Times

April 24, 2014 Updates

NBA superstar Joakim Noah has sued his former shoe sponsor -- claiming Le Coq Sportif makes TERRIBLE SNEAKERS that may have damaged his feet ... TMZ Sports has learned. Noah quietly declared war on the French company in a D.C. court back in November ... claiming LCS signed him to a 6-year $6 million deal back in 2007, only to screw him out of more than $1.65 million. TMZ.com

Noah says despite the negative energy, he held up his end of the bargain -- and wore Le Coq shoes in every NBA game he played even though he claims they were "not well designed and likely contributed to [my] development of plantar fasciitis." Noah says his medical condition likely linked to the crappy shoes "caused him to miss several games during the 2012-13 Chicago Bulls NBA season, including key games in the NBA playoffs." TMZ.com

April 23, 2014 Updates

"It sucks," Noah said. "I hate losing. Everyone on this team is giving everything that they have. I feel like they hit big shot after big shot. You have to give credit where credit is due. They're playing at a high level. Throughout the year, it hasn't been pretty at times. But we're a team that finds a way." Chicago Tribune

NBA superstar Joakim Noah has sued his former shoe sponsor -- claiming Le Coq Sportif makes TERRIBLE SNEAKERS that may have damaged his feet ... TMZ Sports has learned. Noah quietly declared war on the French company in a D.C. court back in November ... claiming LCS signed him to a 6-year $6 million deal back in 2007, only to screw him out of more than $1.65 million. In the suit, Noah says he was pumped about the deal at first -- but shortly after he signed, LCS shut down its U.S. offices, fired the guy who signed Noah, and started looking for ways to back out of the deal. Noah claims things came to a head in 2013 when they suddenly stopped paying him money he believed they were obligated to pay. TMZ.com

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