Joakim Noah Rumors

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Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
Position: C
Born: 02/25/85
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:227 lbs. / 103 kg.
Salary: $20,261,172
Their playing careers at Florida did not overlap, but Noah wanted Parsons to play for the Gators anyway, and the two stayed close. So close that, over a decade later, Parsons flipped the original script on their relationship and played the role of recruiter as Noah mulled his return to the NBA. Even while dealing with his own persistent knee troubles, Parsons stayed on Noah about signing with the Grizzlies. “I was like, ‘if you still love basketball, this is a great place to kind of get back on track and prove yourself,'” Parsons said. “It took a little convincing, but it was fun. I’m glad he’s here. He’s one of my best friends in the world. So I’m excited he’s here and we’re here together.”
Parsons and Noah share a Florida Gators lineage. As of late, they also share the frustrations of successful NBA careers marred by the pressure of huge contracts and nagging injuries. Noah, 33, is emerging on the other side healthy and hellbent on writing a new ending to his career. Parsons, 30, is taking note. “He’s taken me aside pretty much every day,” Parsons told the Commercial Appeal. “He’s been through the rehab process, he’s been hurt and counted out before. So he’s a great resource for me to have here.”

Now newly with the Memphis Grizzlies, the big man has opened up about what he thinks went wrong with the Knicks, and at least some of it has to do with enjoying the New York City night light a bit too much. “I can look back on it and say I thought I was ready for New York City, and I wasn’t,” Noah said in an interview on the “Chris Vernon Show.” “It’s something I have to live with. “I remember after the first game, I probably had, like, 60 people at my house. I’m lit. I’m too lit to play in New York City. Memphis is perfect for me. Chicago … we were lit in Chicago, but I was young. You recover faster, you know?”
“When I got kicked off the team, it was New York fashion week and I was getting a lot of money and I had no direction,” Noah said. “I really had to make a decision of how I wanted to live my life. If I kept going on the direction I was going in and stayed in New York, then I probably wouldn’t be here right now. “Partying … yeah, I’m getting paid millions of dollars, and I have nothing to do, and I’m 32 years old. I had to lock in and set a routine for myself … ’cause partying and being an athlete, they don’t go hand-in-hand.”