HoopsHype Joakim Noah rumors

March 6, 2014 Updates

The conversation between Anthony and Noah started as a discussion about what it's like to play for Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. With rumors about Chicago going after Anthony as well as about Thibodeau possibly coaching the New York Knicks next season, Anthony wanted to know about Thibodeau. From there, the discussion turned to Noah telling Anthony he should join the Bulls. ESPN.com

Chris Broussard: All-Star Convo btwn @Carmelo Anthony & @Joakim Noah began as discussion on what it's like to play for Tom Thibodeau.... With rumors about Bulls going 4 Melo as well as Thibs coaching NYK, Melo wanted to know about Thibs. from there, convo turned to Noah telling Melo he should join Bulls if he wants to win ring & secure winning legacy. Twitter

March 5, 2014 Updates
March 2, 2014 Updates

The Chicago Bulls were open all over the floor, so Joakim Noah kept collecting assists. Jumpers for Jimmy Butler and Kirk Hinrich. A dunk for Taj Gibson, another jumper for Butler, and on and on it went. The All-Star center put on quite a show. Noah had 14 assists in his fifth career triple-double, leading the streaking Bulls to a 109-90 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday. "It's really all my teammates," he said. "I think we're getting better every game." ESPN.com

March 1, 2014 Updates

After Joakim Noah sealed a win over the Mavericks with a late bucket to put the Bulls up nine, he was looking for a little love from his teammates. As the Mavericks called timeout, Noah went for a huge chest bump with Bulls rookie Tony Snell — but Snell didn’t reciprocate the bump, making for this awkward moment. For The Win

February 26, 2014 Updates

Who would have thought Joakim Noah would get so nervous in front of the camera? The eccentric Bulls’ star revealed in the March issue of GQ magazine – which features the Miami Heat’s LeBron James on the cover -- that he needed help to calm his nerves before his photo shoot with the magazine. Noah is sporting a tuxedo and bowtie and dribbling a basketball in his photo in the men’s magazine. “I was a little nervous,” Noah told GQ. “So I actually had a couple of tequila shots, and it helped me out so much." Chicago Tribune

February 23, 2014 Updates

The morning after Joakim Noah yelled, “F*** you, f****t” at a fan in Miami during the 2011 Eastern Conference finals, the Bulls held their media availability at the team’s hotel. The big names on the roster were each surrounded by a scrum, and Noah's epithet was a hot topic. Luol Deng was asked his impression, and the vet nervously tiptoed through his response as if he was navigating a minefield. Here was a young guy who’d seen a lot in life. He’d crossed cultures, defied probabilities, been under the microscope of one of the nation’s highest-profile college programs and spent his career in a top-three media market. But “f****t,” gays in the locker room and homosexuality in general were entirely different matters. ESPN.com

February 15, 2014 Updates

There is something to not knowing where your next meal is coming from; not that it’s a goal. Like Lee Trevino used to say about his golf hustling days. Pressure is a $100 match when you have $5 in your pocket. These players, no offense, are not in too many award conversations or much desired by anyone. Except one another. “People know when you talk about the Chicago Bulls, there’s nobody going out there and giving more than us,” insisted Noah. “Whether win or lose. I’m proud to be a part of that. Going through adversity reveals true character. We’re showing we can play with anybody. We’re not scared of anybody.” Bulls.com

“Derrick’s voice (also) means so much to this team,” said Noah of another of his teammates who now knows misfortune and about being dismissed. “I see him talk to Jimmy Butler during a game, to Tony Snell. He talks to me all the time. It gives us confidence. He has that much impact on this tam. His words go a long way. He’s our star player and a good dude. That’s why it’s so hard to see him go down again. But he’s a warrior. He never lets up. The way he’s working now you know our time will come.” Bulls.com

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

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