HoopsHype Joakim Noah rumors

February 15, 2014 Updates

Joakim Noah: I won't play the World Championship in Spain. I'm very happy for what my teammates did at the last Eurobasket, espcially Tony [Parker]. I don't know how I could help them. It's hard to play all year long, do that kind of sacrifice. Lance!

February 11, 2014 Updates

Bulls center Joakim Noah sees progress in Rose's recovery. "He's doing a lot more than just shooting around," Noah said. "He's in the gym non-stop. Just working on his body, getting better, getting better and that's what it's all about. He's a big part of this team, and he has that mentality of just having no regrets. Just giving everything you got. If you can go, you can go, and if you can't you did everything you could to make it. That's what it's all about." ESPN.com

February 9, 2014 Updates

Noah finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds, and the Bulls held off the stubborn Los Angeles Lakers 92-86 on Sunday after nearly blowing a 19-point advantage. After picking up his last foul, Noah made a key block against 7-footer Chris Kaman and got a dunk at the other end — all in a 16-second span. "It was too tight. Either we were going to win it with him, or that was going to be it," Thibodeau said. "At that point, I didn't think we could afford two or three minutes (with Noah on the bench), so we rolled the dice and were fortunate. We're a little short-handed right now — and the way they spread you out on the perimeter, you need guys that can cover ground." USA Today Sports

February 5, 2014 Updates

This is more exception than rule in professional sports. Just ask Mike Dunleavy, who has joked he leads the league in playing for dysfunctional teams. On his fourth team in his 12th season, Dunleavy has appreciated plying his trade in an environment as serious as this one. "You have a lot of sensitive guys in this league," Dunleavy said. "You have to have the right group of guys to do (what we do). We have veterans here who have been through a lot and that sets the tone. "There's just a common respect among everybody in which guys get on each other and nobody takes it personally. Just kind of the next play, 'OK, I hear you.' Everybody checks their ego at the door. It's a good group to be a part of." Chicago Tribune

Noah agrees. "It's the character," he said. "It's all about how you deal with adversity. We've shown that when things get hot, some people quit or get frustrated with one another. The more the adversity, the more we show that we take our games to another level." Noah, of course, often serves as the emotional barometer. What makes that work is that the two-time All-Star doesn't place himself above criticism either, as long as it's directed toward improvement. "He's a passionate guy," Dunleavy said. "He can say stuff to us. We can say stuff back to him. It's all good." Chicago Tribune

February 4, 2014 Updates

Today, adidas officially unveiled their 2014 All-Star footwear collection, that you'll be seeing on the feet of players like Dwight Howard, John Wall, Damian Lillard and Joakim Noah. The collection includes new colorways of the Dwight Howard 4, Crazy 8, Crazy 1 and Crazyquick 2. According to adidas, these shoes have been "inspired by New Orleans’ rich culture and the atmosphere of NBA All-Star weekend." The Crazy 8 and Crazy 1 will be worn by adidas athletes during Friday's Rising Stars Challenge and All-Star Saturday night participants. The Crazyquick 2 will be worn on court by John Wall, Damian Lillard and Joakim Noah. And, of course, Dwight will lace up his own signature shoe. Sole Collector

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, automatically ejected in the third quarter after picking up his second technical foul of the game, unleashed a burst of invective anger on the three referees nearby, individually pointing at each and screaming "F--- you!" before being escorted off the floor Monday night. ESPN.com

Noah apologized after the 99-70 loss to Sacramento, the Kings' first win in eight games. "I'm really disappointed." Noah said. "I shouldn't have acted that way. I apologize, I'm sorry to all three referees out there. They're out there trying to do their jobs and I should never have said the things that I said." Noah, who already had picked up one technical in the first half, earned the second one after reacting to a foul call. "I hope they accept my apology and I hope I can move on from this,'' Noah said. ESPN.com

February 3, 2014 Updates

He isn’t done, either. Now it’s about putting a short-handed roster, without injured Derrick Rose and traded Luol Deng, on his shoulders and leading it on a playoff run. ‘‘It [stinks] to be a reporter, man,’’ Noah said last week of the doubters he and his teammates have heard this season. ‘‘It’s not about what people say; it’s about what we think. It’s about what people think in this locker room. I just appreciate my teammates’ effort, and I think that’s bigger than anything.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

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We're going to need a film crew, some of those black boxes you see during nude scenes in films, a stack of waivers, a crate of Advil and a grocery store's allotment of coconut water. Could it finally happen? A watchable "Hangover" sequel with a basketball game attached? "I'm bringing my crew," Noah said Thursday during his All-Star selection conference call. "I'm bringing the whole 'wolf pack' this time." And oh yeah, I'm going to need ESPN to embed me with the wolf pack. Call my wife, tell her I'll be sober by April. ESPN.com

Thursday’s chapter deals with a second consecutive All-Star berth after he was named an Eastern Conference reserve by the coaches. “I’m just happy, man; I’m really happy,’’ Noah said in a teleconference. “It goes through your mind, but it’s an unbelievable honor, very humbling. Even though it’s not my priority, it’s good. .?.?. I’m not going to take any of these experiences for granted.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

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