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13 Joakim Noah C
Height/Weight: 6-11/232 | Birthdate: 2/25/1985 | Birthplace: New York, NY | Team: Chicago Bulls | College: Florida | NBA Experience: 8 | Owned/Started%: 89/67
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Bulls center Joakim Noah wins Citizenship Award


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Bulls center Joakim Noah was awarded the 2014-15 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award on Thursday, the NBA announced.

The award is selected by the Professional Basketball Writers Association (PBWA) and is given to the player, coach or athletic trainer who demonstrates a commitment to community service.

Noah founded the Noah's Arc Foundation (NAF) to help support children affected by violence. The foundation recently started its "Rock Your Drop: The Drop of Consciousness" initiative, which encourages children affected by violence to use sports and art as a creative outlet.

"Joakim's initiatives to slow the violence in Chicago should inspire us all to help in our communities," PBWA president Josh Robbins said. "His creative, sustained efforts stood out in perhaps the deepest pool of worthy candidates in the 41-year history of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award."

Noah received the award over finalists Tobias Harris, Greg Monroe, Chris Paul and Zach Randolph. Luol Deng won the award last season.


LeBron James on Joakim Noah's words: 'It got very disrespectful'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) In the third quarter of Friday's 99-96 Bulls win over the Cavaliers, center Joakim Noah committed a nonshooting foul on forward LeBron James, who said after the game that Noah made an offensive personal comment after the foul, ESPN reports.

"I'm a father with three kids. It got very disrespectful," James said. "I'm OK with competing against Jo. I love the competitive nature, but we should leave it there. The disrespectful words that he said to me were uncalled for."

A few seconds later, James finished on a dunk when Noah was unable to get into position, and the Cavaliers forward stared down Noah and was called for a technical.

"The best way to retaliate is by making a play. That's the only way I know how to resolve things is by making a play to help our team," James said. "If it was the '90s or '80s, I would've been able to say what I had to say and move on. But I got the T. And I earned it."

Noah responded to James's actions with some comments and was also handed a technical. He said after the game that he had "mad respect" for James and they were just two players trying to win a game.


NBA fines Bulls C Joakim Noah $25,000 for pushing fan


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Bulls center Joakim Noah was fined $25,000 by the NBA was pushing a fan at halftime during the Game 2 loss in Cleveland, reports USA Today.

Coach Tom Thibodeau declined to comment on the fine or incident. 

The Bulls will face the Cavaliers on Friday. The Bulls are 2-point favorites for Game 3.


Thibodeau: I'm sticking with Joakim Noah as starter


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Bulls center Joakim Noah has been virtually invisible, particularly on offense, in the first two games of the second-round playoff series against Cleveland. But Tom Thibodeau has no plans to bench him, per the Chicago Sun-Times.

Noah has just four points in the two games. He is 2-for-8 from the field and 0-for-4 from the foul line. He is averaging eight rebounds, but has been beaten consistently on the defensive glass by younger and more active Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson.

It is hoped that Noah feeds off the energy of the home crowd and performs better Friday night when the series moves to Chicago for Game 3.


Bulls coach, teammate praise struggling C Joakim Noah


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Bulls center Joakim Noah took four shots and missed them all as the boos rained down upon him in Game 1 of the second-round playoffs series Monday in Cleveland. Among his misses was an easy layup.

But Noah, who is still struggling with his surgically repaired knee, still has the appreciation of teammate Derrick Rose.

"With Jo, he's giving us what he's got," Rose told CSNChicago.com. "He's been through a lot. For a big guy having those injuries, it takes a lot. Just his energy, his presence is a lot. He's a hell of a character, hell of a teammate and it kind of rubs off on people."

Tom Thibodeau cited Noah's nine rebounds and two blocked shots in praising him.

"I don't want to get lost in his scoring because it's never been a strong suit," he said. "It's all the other stuff he brings to the team. It's not the emotion, it's the activity. When he does that, he's very, very effective for us. It's how the team functions when he's on the floor. He doesn't have to shoot well to play well. It'll come around for him."


Bulls C Joakim Noah ready to roll despite illness


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Bulls center Joakim Noah did not pick an ideal time to be ill with a second-round playoff series against Cleveland, but Tom Thibodeau told the Chicago Tribune that he worked most of Saturday practice and declared him ready to go for the Monday opener.

Noah played just over 33 minutes per game in the first round against Milwaukee. He averaged 6.5 points and 11.6 rebounds per game.


Joakim Noah practices, will play for Bulls in Game One


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Bulls center Joakim Noah was a full participant in practice on Friday, and coach Tom Thibodeaux said that he would play in Game One of the team's playoff series against the Bucks, per the Chicago Tribune.

Noah was originally listed as questionable with a hamstring injury that kept him out of the last two games of the regular season.  


Bulls G Derrick Rose will play Wednesday; Joakim Noah held out


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Bulls guard Derrick Rose will be available to play in the season finale Wednesday against the Hawks, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Rose has played in the last four games since returning from knee surgery. Coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose would play in four segments over the course of Wednesday's game.

Meanwhile, the team will keep Joakim Noah sidelined Wednesday. It will be the second-straight game Noah has missed because of a hamstring issue, but he is expected to play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Noah said he tweaked the hamstring last week and it did not improve. Forward Taj Gibson will likely start in place of Noah on Wednesday.

The Bulls are 6 1/2-point favorites over the Hawks.


Bulls C Joakim Noah unlikely to play Wednesday; Kirk Hinrich out


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Bulls center Joakim Noah is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Hawks, reports the team's radio play-by-play announcer.

Noah missed Monday's game because of tendinitis in his hamstring. Forward Taj Gibson should see his role increase if Noah is held out.

Meanwhile, guard Kirk Hinrich will miss second-straight game because of a hyperextended knee. Guard Aaron Brooks should see his minutes increase with Hinrich out.

The Bulls are 2-point underdogs to the Hawks.


Bulls not worried about Joakim Noah's hamstring


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) After sitting out of Monday's game to rest his hamstring, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said center Joakim Noah did not play just to be safe, reports ESPNChicago.com.

Noah was experiencing tendinitis in his hamstring and he was active for the game, but did not play.


Bulls C Joakim Noah (hamstring) will not start Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Bulls center Joakim Noah is dealing with tendinitis in his left hamstring and he will not start in Monday's game at Brooklyn, reports the team's radio play-by-play announcer.

Forward Taj Gibson will start in place of Noah, who is active for the game, but unlikely to play.

The Bulls are 2 1/2-point favorites.


Bulls' Joakim Noah expects to have no minutes limit in playoffs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Bulls center Joakim Noah expects to be on no minutes limit during the playoffs after speaking with team personnel, ESPN Chicago reports.

The team has been cautious with Noah after the cente returned from arthroscopic knee surgery, and the center said in mid-March that he was frustrated by the limit to his playing time. The reins are expected to come off in the postseason. Noah's averages of 7.3 points and 9.7 rebounds mark his lowest per-game contributions since the 2008-09 season.


Bulls' Tom Thibodeau: Joakim Noah is 'good to go' vs. Raptors


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters that center Joakim Noah is "good to go" Wednesday night against the Raptors, according to ESPN.

Noah was held out of Monday's contest due to general soreness. He is averaging 7.5 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game this season.

Chicago is a 2 1/2-point favorite, per VegasInsider.com.


Bulls expect center Joakim Noah to play Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said he thinks center Joakim Noah will be available to play in Wednesday's game at Tortonto, reports ESPNChicago.com.

Noah was held out of Monday's contest due to general soreness. The team will wait to see how he responds after shootaround before his official playing status is determined.

The Bulls are 2-point favorites.


Bulls' Joakim Noah (soreness) won't play against Hornets


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Bulls center Joakim Noah will not play Monday against the Hornets due to general soreness, the team announced. Noah was not on the injury report prior to this announcement. 

This is the second game in as many weeks that Noah has missed a game beause of general soreness. Noah is averaging 7.5 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. 


Joakim Noah just misses triple-double in Bulls win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Joakim Noah recorded a rebounds/assists double-double, missing a triple-double by two points, in the Bulls' 108-92 win over the Raptors on Friday.

Noah shot four of seven from the field and added 10 rebounds. 

With 14 assists, Noah matched a career high and reached 270 assists on the season. He's the just the third center in the last 20 years to have at least 250 assists for three straight seasons, joining Vlade Divac and Hakeem Olajuwon. 

The Bulls next play at the Pistons on Saturday. 


Bulls C Joakim Noah frustrated by limited minutes


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) After undergoing athroscopic knee surgery, the Bulls have kept center Joakim Noah on limited minutes this season, according to the Daily Herald.

Noah is frustrated by the fact that his minutes have been restricted.

"It's frustrating," Noah said. "But I think I'm not the only one who's frustrated sometimes. I think it's part of the grind. But I'm just trying to stay focused on what's important: trying to win basketball games. I'm not trying to get caught up in any noise or anything like that. I don't want to be a distraction."

The center recently sat out of last week's game against the 76ers due to knee soreness.

"I think right now I'm feeling more and more healthy," Noah said. "I know I still have another gear I've got to get to. But I think the reason for this minutes restriction is to try to protect me, too. It's not to point any fingers or anything like that.

"We've just got to keep building, keep fighting. I think we have great talent on this team. I think that we've just got to get the highest seed possible because I think we'll be very tough to play in a seven-game series and I'm really excited about that."


Bulls C Joakim Noah hopes to have minuets limit lifted by playoffs


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Bulls center Joakim Noah admits his minutes restriction has been frustrating, but said he is confident he'll be permitted to play more minutes in the playoffs, reports the Chicago Tribune.

"The reason for this minutes restriction is to protect me, not to point fingers," Noah said.

With Noah dealing with lingering soreness in his knee, coach Tom Thibodeau has kept him around 32-minutes per game.

"It's frustrating," Noah said, per ESPNChicago.com. "But I'm not the only one who's frustrated sometimes. I think it's part of the grind."

Noah added that he is feeling better on the court as the season progresses and he hopes to take it up a notch in the postseason. 


Bulls center Joakim Noah remains on minutes limit Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) While the Bulls could've used center Joakim Noah more down the stretch of Sunday's loss to the Thunder, coach Tom Thibodeau said Noah remains on a minutes limit, reports ESPNChicago.com. Thibodeau did not indicate how long the minutes restriction would last.

Noah is on a 32-minutes per game limit and Thibodeau said Noah had reached his limit Sunday and did not want to increase his minutes. Noah played 31 minutes during Sunday's contest and scored 15 points on 6 of 7 shooting. He also added three rebounds, seven assists and one steal.

"It was one of his better games; he didn't rebound particularly well, but I thought offensively he was very good," Thibodeau said, per the team's official website.


Bulls center Joakim Noah will play Friday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Bulls center Joakim Noah will play and start in Friday's game against the Hornets, reports The Chicago Tribune.

Noah, who missed Thursday's game due to knee soreness, was considered a game-time decision for the game. He is averaging 7.6 points and 10.0 rebounds in 54 games this season.


Bulls Joakim Noah will be game-time decision


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/13/2015) Bulls forward Joakim Noah, who missed his last game due to knee soreness, will be a game-time decision Friday, per the Chicago Tribune

Noah said that he plans to play but will go through shootaround and then determine if his knee is well enough to take part in the game against the Hornets. 

The Bulls are 10-point favorites. 


Bulls Joakim Noah downplays knee soreness


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/12/2015)
Bulls forward Joakim Noah isn't concerned about the knee soreness that kept him out of the lineup Wednesday, according to the Chicago Tribune.
"I don't think it's a big road block at all," Noah said. "I just have to be smart."
Noah, who hadn't missed a game since an ankle injury on Jan. 22, likely took an opportunity against the lowly 76ers to gain some rest, and is probable for the Bulls' next game Friday.

Bulls C Joakim Noah (knee) sidelined Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Bulls center Joakim Noah has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the 76ers due to left knee soreness, ESPNChicago.com reports.

Noah hasn't missed a game since sitting out four consecutive games in mid-January. However, his offense has lagged recently, and he scored no more than four points in any of his last four games.

The Bulls are 6-point favorites in Philadelphia Wednesday.


Bulls' Joakim Noah not expected to play for France in September


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Bulls center Joakim Noah is not expected to play for France at the European Championship in September, reports the Associated Press.

With Noah, 30, dealing with a variety of knee and ankle issues, he said he wants to focus on his NBA career. With Noah deciding not to play in the European Championship, he is also unlikely to be selected to play in the Olympics in 2016.


Bulls center Joakim Noah posts double-double in win Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Bulls center Joakim Noah scored 14 points on 4 of 5 shooting from the field and 6 of 10 from the free throw line in Chicago's 97-92 win over the Wizards Tuesday. 

Noah also did well on the glass, grabbing 12 rebounds, leading to his third straight double-double and 14th of the season. Noah has reached double figures in rebounds in each of his eight games. He added five assists and three blocks to his totals.