HoopsHype Joakim Noah rumors

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

April 21, 2014 Updates

Noah’s teammates reached out to him over the weekend. “Everybody made sure he was OK,” forward Taj Gibson said. “Just one of those things where you just have to play through it. “It’s never easy to lose somebody close to you. “But you got to put it behind you and know they’re in a better place and you’re playing for them. I think he has a greater appreciation now. “I think that’s gonna help him play even better.” Chicago Sun-Times

April 19, 2014 Updates

To understand the impact and influence Tyrone Green had on Joakim Noah, just go back to Noah's 2007 draft night. Wearing seersucker, a bow tie and an exuberant smile, Noah, minutes after he shook then-Commissioner David Stern's hand and walked offstage, ignored a question on live TV to get serious. "I just want to thank Mr. Green, who has been my mentor," Noah said that night. "I love you to death, Mr. Green." Green, an influential figure in New York youth basketball for 35 years, died unexpectedly last week at 63. Chicago Tribune

Noah missed Bulls practice on bereavement leave and coach Tom Thibodeau was hopeful Friday Noah would be back Saturday. Sources, however, said Noah's leave is open-ended and it's up to him how long he needs to grieve. A source close to Noah said he won't miss Sunday night's playoff opener against the Wizards at the United Center. Chicago Tribune

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Until becoming his teammate this season, Mike Dunleavy spent Joakim Noah's entire NBA career as a Central Division opponent. "I heard teammates say, 'I can't stand that guy,'" Dunleavy said. "I had a perception of him as a polarizing guy, one where teammates love him and opponents don't like him. A lot of it is because he plays so hard and a little because of his antics. "But I never really saw a reason to not like him. I just thought he always played hard and I didn't think anything about him was dirty. If a guy is dirty, then you have a reason to not like somebody. But because he claps or does whatever? I never looked at him in that light. I just respected how hard he played." Chicago Tribune

April 9, 2014 Updates

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah says he will not play for France in this summer's World Cup of Basketball. "It wouldn't be fair first of all, for my teammates, to even think about anything past today," Noah told ESPNChicago.com after Wednesday's shootaround. "When the French people ask me about [playing], it's hard to predict what's going to happen next year, or in two years. I live my life day to day, and I feel like the NBA season is, it's brutal. To play all year, I think it's something that is too much for me. So definitely not this year." ESPN.com

April 8, 2014 Updates

Joakim Noah walked into his house after taking his dog to the park and plopped down on a chair in his living room. The room is filled with art created by his mother and a family friend. The art symbolizes life and energy, a perfect metaphor for the guy whose energetic passion for living is on display during every Chicago Bulls game. On a lazy Sunday afternoon, the Bulls' All-Star center was reminded he once said, "I'm not a very skilled player. I'm not talented." "I used to say I'm not gifted, but I take that back," Noah told USA TODAY Sports. "I feel more and more gifted, and I'm feeling more and more confident in what I'm doing and I feel I can still get better." USA Today Sports

If you ever watched the elder Noah play tennis, you see where Joakim's passion comes from. Two summers ago, the son watched his father's 1983 French Open final victory against Mats Wilander. "I was just surprised. I saw so many similarities in the way he played tennis and the way I play basketball," Noah said. "He was very aggressive in his approach and the way he played, and played with a fire that you didn't see often. He got the crowd into it and pumped up." USA Today Sports

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