Rob Schaefer: Joakim Noah denies any interest of joining the Bulls’ coaching staff. “To be a coach you have to be kind of sick,” he joked. Added he has other passions — his foundation, for example — that will occupy him. And called Billy Donovan and Tom Thibodeau father figures.
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KC Johnson: Noah: “The energy of this place (the United Center) brought out a crazy side of me. There were times playing in this building I didn’t feel my legs. That’s how hyped I was. You can’t replicate that.”
Rob Schaefer: Joakim Noah on his legacy: “I never really cared about that… That’s never really why I played the game.” Said he played to be true to who he was. Had high and low moments — and emotions — in the NBA. Wants to pass wisdom down from his experiences and be at peace.
Today the Chicago Bulls named Joakim Noah a new Bulls Ambassador, and tonight the team will bring together many of his former teammates, friends and family members to celebrate his incredible playing career.
“I’m truly humbled to be honored by both the team and city that I have always loved and respected,” said Noah. “Even more so to be able to celebrate tonight with family, friends, former players and coaches, and most of all – the Bulls fans who helped drive my energy throughout my years in a Bulls uniform at the United Center. It means so much to me that I’m now a Bull for life. I love you all and am thrilled tonight to solidify my continued connection with the Bulls and the city of Chicago, in this new chapter of my life.”
As an ambassador, Noah will work with the organization to build relationships with people throughout Chicago and across Bulls Nation. As part of the team’s commitment to Noah and his work in the community, the Bulls will make an annual donation to his charity, the Noah’s Arc Foundation.
KC Johnson: Thibodeau on Noah: “I’m just thrilled that Jerry and Michael (Reinsdorf) are recognizing him for what he did. And it’s great to see Joakim’s mother and father, his family. And just seeing where he is. He’s totally at peace. And he should be. He gave everything he had to the game”
KC Johnson: Joakim Noah is at Bulls-Jazz, sitting with John Paxson and Michael Reinsdorf in the owner’s suite. Noah, who has plans to sign a one-day deal to retire as a Bull, is in town for several reasons, including planning talks for his foundation @NoahsArcFdn
Shams Charania: 13-year NBA center Joakim Noah — a two-time All-Star and former Defensive Player of the Year winner — is effectively retiring from basketball, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Plan is for the longtime Chicago star to eventually retire as a Bull.
Andrew Greif: Joakim Noah has been waived by the Clippers with the expectation that he’ll be retiring from the NBA, league sources confirm to @Brad Turner and me. His contract was set to guarantee on Dec. 22. Brief Clips tenure, but a long NBA career.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Clippers are waiving center Joakim Noah — and his agent, Bill Duffy of @BDA Sports, tells ESPN that Noah is “likely headed toward retirement.” One of his era’s most ferocious competitors, Noah played 13 seasons, made two All-Star games and was a 3-time All-Defensive team choice.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Bill Duffy on Noah: “What an illustrious career for Joakim, starting with two national titles at the University of Florida, to becoming an NBA Defensive Player of the Year and ultimately evolving into one of the most passionate, spirited players to ever come through our sport. It’s been my honor to represent Joakim through his journey.”
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