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Legend of Cecilio Guante:
I’m all heart, mutha*ucka
I used to hate Joakim Noah. No reason really. Just ignorance. Probably looked at the histrionics and the off-the-court stuff and just thought this kid was a punk trying to play basketball. A proverbial “energy guy” whose biggest asset was pissing off one of the opposing team’s stars. Consider this the sincerest and most emphatic apology, Mr. Noah. I’m not sure there’s any other kind of player I’d rather have on my team. In fact, five Noahs would be a dream.
I’m not the only one who’s watched Noah mature from a pretty decent role player to an extremely productive, pivotal and, I’ll go as far to say, inspirational player. Last night’s performance in Brooklyn was only the latest example. He’s been doing it most of the season. In Brooklyn, it was 24 points on 10-17 to go along with 14 boards and six blocks. Not just eye-opening. Dominant. That’s what he’s becoming.
The cliche is overused. But anyone watching can attest that Noah has taken this Bulls team, one saddled by major injuries in the Nets series, and willed it to the next round. He’s also become just awesome to watch. To me, Noah is what you want everyone on your team to be. You NEVER question his effort. His mistakes are minimal and when they do arise are almost always aggressive ones. He plays smart. He gets the absolute most out of his ability. Really, what more can you ask.
Who knows what the Bulls can really muster against the mighty Heat. But you can definitively count on one thing. Joakim Noah will be right in the middle of it all, proving just how good — and extraordinarily valuable — player he has become.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Chicago Bulls helped themselves to an invite to face the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Saturday.
They took out the Brooklyn Nets in the deciding Game 7 99-93.
The Bulls were driven by center Joakim Noah’s double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds.
“I’ll remember this for the rest of my life,” Noah told ESPN. “I’m just so proud of this team...
MIAMI Joakim Noah might not have offered the most politically correct word. But the Miami Heat get what hes saying.Its going to be a war, the Chicago Bulls center said about the Eastern Conference semifinal with the Heat that gets underway Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena.Nobody on the Heat denies it will be a physical series. The teams exchanged elbows and other body parts while...
Bulls big man Joakim Noah is growing tired of all the criticism directed at teammate Derrick Rose for not returning to the court yet, saying everyone needs to "shut up."
If anything epitomized the Brooklyn Nets' lackadaisical effort and the Chicago Bulls' determination to win Game 7 of their first-round playoff series, it was this nasty dunk by Joakim Noah.
No Luol Deng. No Kirk Hinrich. No Derrick Rose. No problem for the 6-foot-11 center as he traipsed through the Nets defense and slammed this third quarter basket as the depleted Bulls...
A billboard in Chicago is celebrating the second round matchup between the Bulls and Heat with a sign featuring Joakim Noah holding a fire extinguisher to an upset looking LeBron James:
Joakim Noah has made his stance known on the Derrick Rose issue.Photo Credit: nydailynews.com
Unless you are a fan of the Miami Heat, or a Utah Jazz fan still bitter about the Jordan push-off on Byron Russell, you should be rooting for this years Chicago Bulls squad. Playing short-handed all season long, they have played with an immense amount of heart and pride, including their...
It is nice that Noah is trying to stick up for D Rose, but it is just my opinion they are trying to prove a point by winning in spite of him.
It is working up to this point, so it might be wise for Rose to keep his suit and tie on.
“Derrick’s a brother,” Noah said. “And to see him go through this is tough, but at the end of the day it’s really funny how quick people are...
The depleted Chicago Bulls have been the definition of resilience so far this postseason. With no Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, or Kirk Hinrich, they went on the road and stole game one from the Miami Heat, who are the favorites to win the title.
Joakim Noah has been their leader all year long, despite playing with plantar fasciitis. His energy and heart are almost unmatched...
Joakim Noah controlled this game down low, from start to finish, dominating Brook Lopez
In the biggest game of their entire season, the Brooklyn Nets crapped the bed. Although they were taking on an injury-depleted Chicago Bulls team with no real reason to think they could win a Game 7 on the road, the Nets started the game flatter than they would if they were playing...
The Chicago Bulls won’t have Loul Deng, Derrick Rose and possibly Kirk Hinrich in the lineup for Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal against the Miami Heat on Monday, but Rose said his status is ”still up in the air. I might have a chance.”
Chicago Bulls/Brooklyn Nets: Game 7
- The one and only Game 7 in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Not sure what to expect from this game. We have seen both teams be very bipolar, it is just a question of which team shows up. I am going with the Nets though.
- Joakim Noah always loves the spotlight. Not really surprised to see him showing up here in this game....
Luol Deng was out with spinal tap complications. Kirk Hinrich sat out with a calf injury. Derrick Rose sat out because he's still doing that sort of thing. Joakim Noah played with plantar fasciitis. And still the Chicago Bulls won their do-or-die Game 7 ... on the road .
Ladies and gentlemen, your Brooklyn Nets. Still a lot like their New Jersey ancestors.
The Bulls led by...
The Heat and Bulls have a two-two series split in the
regular season, but all anyone remembers is the Bulls snapped the Heat's
27-game win streak.
Chicago: Beat the Brooklyn Nets, 4-3
Miami: Swept the Milwaukee Bucks, 4-0
The Heat are primed and rested. They look ready to rampage
through the Bulls and they just might since Chicago...
Living In The Moment
Tonight in Brooklyn, on the road, with a ridiculous number of injuries and their best scorer in the hospital due to complications from a spinal tap -- no, seriously -- the Chicago Bulls came through with a disciplined and dedicated win against a Nets team that had every possible advantage. The biggest thing for the Bulls was that center Joakim Noah, one of the...