HoopsHype Joakim Noah rumors

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Beyond the well-liked rookie staying in the NBA, Murphy's cap number of $490,180 comes off the Bulls' books. That would keep the Bulls out of the luxury tax even if Joakim Noah makes first-team All-NBA and earns a $500,000 bonus. Even if other performance bonuses are met, the Bulls should be clear. As reported, if the Bulls are slightly north of the luxury-tax threshold, they have plans in place to avoid the repeater tax. Chicago Tribune

Quietly, if that’s possible for Joakim Noah, the Bulls center has put together a remarkable season and deserves some Most Valuable Player votes. He is averaging a career-best 12.4 points, 11.1 rebounds, and a whopping 5.2 assists, double his average from two seasons ago. Noah had played in no more than 66 games over the previous four years until this season, during which he has played in all 74 games. His versatility, strong defense, and an agitating style make him one of the league’s premier centers. Noah is not going to overwhelm opponents with offense but he flourishes in most facets of the game, prompting coach Tom Thibodeau to ponder his candidacy for league MVP honors. “It depends on how you define it,” the former Celtics assistant said. “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. But the most important thing is just helping us win.” Boston Globe

April 4, 2014 Updates

It doesn't matter to Noah whether you're an NBA All-Star, a future Hall of Famer, a street vendor, a beach bum, an art dealer or a witch doctor. It doesn't matter to him what color your skin is; he's biracial, though that's a term he wouldn't use. ("I don't like to categorize people," he said.) He plays basketball exactly that way. "He's different; he grew up different," teammate Carlos Boozer said. "He's a very free spirit and it works for him." CBSSports.com

His awkward, sideways-rotating, two-handed jump shot -- the "tornado," teammates call it -- goes in more often than it should; Noah's sweet spot is 16-24 feet from the left wing, where he's shooting 44 percent (29-for-66). He's leading the Bulls in rebounds per game (11.1) and blocks (1.5), but also in assists (5.2). Since Feb. 6, he's averaging 7.3 assists per game, as a 6-foot-11 center. His six games with 10 or more assists -- all since Feb. 6 -- are the most by an NBA center since Vlade Divac in 2003-04. CBSSports.com

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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