HoopsHype Joakim Noah rumors

April 4, 2014 Updates

A typical day? When he isn't immersed in basketball, it's a question of where on the globe Noah will be cavorting. He loves to travel, a result of his transcontinental upbringing. During the summer months, while drilling his footwork and working on his wacky jumper here at the Berto Center, Noah will tell Thibodeau that he's off to Hawaii for three weeks -- then show up right back here three days later to say, "Oh, I decided not to go." He visits Cameroon, where his grandfather -- former soccer player Zacharie Noah -- still lives. He feels at home in the easy, breezy bohemian enclave of Venice Beach, Calif., where he can kick back and breathe in the salty air, ocean views and contrasting opinions. CBSSports.com

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Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, though, has a different take on the MVP race. The Bulls have not had an easy ride. It has been rocked by the season-ending injury of Derrick Rose and the dramatic trade of Luol Deng. But they still find themselves at 40-32 and the reputation as a team few want to face in the playoffs. Thibodeau credits this success to their intense man in the middle, Joakim Noah. “It depends on how you define [who deserves MVP consideration],” Thibodeau said. “For us, I think he does. What he’s meant to our team over the course of the season — we faced a lot of adversity. He helped lift the team up and he’s improved, I think, significantly offensively. The defense has always been great, the rebounding. And it’s more than just the passing. It’s his scoring now, making quicker decisions. I think that’s helped us a lot.” Basketball Insiders

Nick Friedell: Noah on Augustin: "I'm just happy he's with the Bulls. I think he found a home here and I hope he can stay for a long time." Twitter @NickFriedell

March 30, 2014 Updates

And that’s where maturity has kicked in. Everyone around Noah knew that his game would eventually have to fill in around his voice. Some, like Adams, had a hunch that development would be natural for someone already accustomed to the best, thanks to Billy Donovan’s work at the University of Florida. “I just think he’s grown up,” Adams said of Noah, whose tennis-star father, Yannick Noah, is a former French Open champion. “He’s full of life, full of energy, he’s a human being. He comes from Florida, he’s won two national championships. Coming into the league he was feeling pretty good about himself, as he should have. But I see not only a physical maturation, but also a mental one.” Boston Herald

March 27, 2014 Updates

Joakim Noah’s ‘Dream Team’ starting 5: Center: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; Power Forward: Dirk Nowitzki; Small Forward: Corey Brewer; Shooting Guard: Michael Jordan; Point Guard: Magic Johnson. beyondthebuzzer.com

Joakim Noah named his “Dream Team” starting 5 during an interview with Rick Fox for NBA “Off The Court” series on Wednesday. His pick at the small forward position? Former college teammate, Corey Brewer. Yes, Corey Brewer of the Minnesota Timberwolves who has career averages of 9.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 1.6 apg. “At the 3, I’ll put my main man Corey Brewer. Just because, you know, going back to college, got to give my boy some love. I think he’d be a good locker room guy, he’d be good for Kareem and Dirk. You know, those guys are quiet guys.” beyondthebuzzer.com

March 26, 2014 Updates

Did the NBA move too quickly in eliminating the center position on the All-Star ballot? At least one NBA executive believes so. "I wouldn't call it a renaissance because they don't play the position quite the same way, but the position is stocked with young quality players," he said, ticking off Andre Drummond, DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan and Jonas Valanciunas coming up behind Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard, Brook Lopez, Al Jefferson, Roy Hibbert and Marc Gasol. Bleacher Report

March 25, 2014 Updates

Following an 89-77 victory over first-place Indiana on Monday night, Noah said the Bulls think they are capable of competing with anyone in the East, be it the Pacers or defending champion Miami Heat. "We feel like we can go at anybody, we can beat anybody, when we're hungry. Stay humble and keep grinding," Noah said. "I said right after the game, 'I'm excited about having an opportunity to play these guys again.' " The season series with the Pacers is over -- the teams split four games and the home team won each one -- so another meeting would have to come in the playoffs. "It was real physical; my body is sore right now," Bulls forward Taj Gibson said. "That's the kind of games we play against our rivals, playoff basketball. That's going to happen." ESPN.com

March 15, 2014 Updates

Joakim Noah doesn’t want to get involved with all the hype surrounding his candidacy as a first-team All-NBA performer. But he might want to start, considering he has a $500,000 bonus check coming his way if he receives that honor at the end of the regular season. Chicago Sun-Times

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"He's played very well. Noah should be defensive player of the year," McHale said after his team's shootaround at Moody Bible Institute. "He's done a great job with these guys. They've been winning a lot just on his energy and effort, his kind of determination and toughness. Those are all qualities everybody appreciates." ESPN.com

March 11, 2014 Updates

Add Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to the growing list of those who believe Joakim Noah should draw votes for the NBA Most Valuable Award. Recognizing that Noah has zero chance to take home the hardware — not with Kevin Durant and LeBron James around — Popovich said he was nonetheless delighted to hear the versatile Chicago center’s name could up in the conversation. “They won’t choose him as the MVP, but I think it’s great that he’s in the conversation and he should be,” Popovich said after shootaround this morning in preparation for tonight’s game against the Bulls. But it’s just not the way it works, from my experience. It’s got to go in the basket for you guys (media) to pay attention to somebody. But he’s pretty damn valuable in my opinion.” San Antonio Express-News

March 10, 2014 Updates

Joakim Noah doesn't want your "MVP" chants, Chicago. Following the Chicago Bulls' 95-88 overtime victory over the Miami Heat Sunday, Bulls.com's Chuck Swirsky (h/t Beyond The Buzzer) asked the big man about Noah-specific "MVP" chants that rang throughout United Center. Noah's response was predictably unpredictable. "I don’t like it," he said. "No, I don’t like it." Um, why? "Because our MVP is not playing. We have one MVP, and that's Derrick Rose. And it’s not about MVPs, it’s about rings, and one day I hope that we can get one here." Bleacher Report

March 9, 2014 Updates

At first his dad tries to continue the interview, then just says “sorry,” then forgets the interview all together and gives his son a standing ovation. Dads everywhere will know the feeling: Sorry, ABC, gotta cheer for my son right now. In an interview after the game, Joakim Noah talked about his dad’s presence. “I know that he’s happy. I can’t wait to see him and just celebrate this win with him. You know, I don’t get to see him a lot. My father’s always been there for me, my whole life, and to be able to share these moments with him — I know that he’s a nervous wreck during games. I always tell him to drink a brewski and just chill.” For The Win

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