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Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
Position: -
Born: 02/25/85
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:227 lbs. / 103 kg.
Salary: $6,431,666
McCrary, a lawyer, author, filmmaker, and social justice warrior, was able to get several NBA stars and other celebrities involved in the project. Amar’e Stoudemire, then playing for the New York Knicks, and rapper Lupe Fiasco were executive producers. Steve Nash, Russell Westbrook, Joakim Noah, Tyson Chandler, and Carmelo Anthony were some of the others that appeared on screen. “Anything that keeps kids off the street is very important,” Noah, then a member of the Chicago Bulls, said in the film. Also featured was Walt Frazier, one of the greatest NBA players ever and an extremely popular figure in New York as the Knicks’ television color commentator.
As Noah became a star at Florida, he needed Donovan more. The transformation from a bit player as a freshman into a household name as a sophomore wasn’t easy. Noah led Florida in points and blocks in his second season, helping the Gators win the first of their back-to-back titles. Noah was the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player. Then the backlash began. Again, Donovan was there. “He was this guy that no one knew about,” Donovan said. “He wins a national championship, he’s the MVP of the Final Four, and he goes from being this darling, lightning-rod figure, the ponytail and the energy, to being the biggest villain in the country the next year. It just totally flipped. And I think he had a hard time understanding that and dealing with that.”
“Jo’s such a team-oriented guy,” Donovan said. “I think at that point in time he just wasn’t sure if he wanted to play anymore. He was at that crossroads. He came into town earlier this year, and I talked to him last year. But he was pretty much like he wanted to move on. He figured that it was time to wrap it up. “And I think he’d only play the game if he felt like he could play at a level to contribute and help the team. Not that he’s got to be the star or the main guy. But even with a role. And I don’t know if he felt like he was in a position to do that. He just felt like it was time for him to retire, and obviously, I totally support him.”