Joakim Noah: Not giving up

Think the Bulls’ emotional and spiritual leader is going to roll over and die in the face of LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers?

Think again.

Said/screamed Noah: “We’re going to the playoffs. All this [expletive] and we’re going to the playoffs. Let’s go shock the world. … Now we’re playing the Cleveland Cavaliers. Everybody thinks we’re going to get our [behinds] whupped. And you know what, we’re going to try and shock the world. That’s what we’re trying to do. That’s pretty cool I think.”

Yeah, Jo. That is pretty cool.

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18 Responses to Joakim Noah: Not giving up

  1. TexasBullsFan April 15, 2010 at 6:26 pm #

    Joakim Noah: “I feel like we’re fighting for our lives. We’re on the court giving everything we got. And we don’t want to talk about something that happened last month. To me, it’s not even something that’s worth talking about. Talk about guys who are playing hurt, doing whatever they can to win a basketball game. Look at what Taj Gibson’s doing. Kirk Hinrich. Brad’s old [behind] has been taking shots to play a basketball for the last two months. Talk about that. To me that’s what it’s all about. My team will sacrifice everything they got in order to make it to this stage.”

    How can you not love Noah? The guy is clearly the emotional and spiritual leader. There is not a team in the league that wouldn’t love to have him on the floor for them.

    This team has drive and fire. Say what you will, drive and fire start with one place: the coaching. If your team has a lousy coach that the players don’t believe in, they won’t have the fire that Chicago has.

    hemlock09 April 15, 2010 at 7:23 pm #

    as a cavs fan, i can tell you that i absolutely love noah. other than lebron, there’s not a cavs player i wouldnt trade for him. and he’s going to keep getting better every year. the bulls should be everybody’s second favorite team. nothing but youth and heart and fearlessness. jesus i wish they were playing boston again.

    George April 15, 2010 at 8:45 pm #

    When the Bulls had the no. 2 pick in the 2006 draft, I was all over having Joakim on the Bulls. I lamented his decision to stay in school, sure that he’d get drafted by another team the next year.

    The next season I was terrified the Bulls would get Spencer Hawes, who I still think is the second coming of Cherokee Parks. When we got Joakim I was stoked. His draft day seersucker suit still makes me laugh.

    It took him a couple of seasons to get serious, but since he’s committed himself to conditioning and getting stronger he’s shaping up to be a tremendous player for the bulls. He’s easily the best young big man I’ve seen play for the bulls.

    Tony C. April 15, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

    There are plenty of reasons to criticize the Bulls’ management, but drafting Noah was obviously a brilliant move. He has all of the tools, including the attitude that Matt has highlighted, to be a force for years to come. Hopefully he will stay sound.

  5. i am the 6th man April 15, 2010 at 10:50 pm #

    yeah george, i totally agree with you. i was also afraid that we were gonna draft spencer. all my buddies were raggin’ on me about my pro-joakim rants. now they’re all on the bandwagon. he is for sure my favorite player. that suit and bow tie. that hair. and that heart and energy! hope he is here for a long time

    Nicky C April 16, 2010 at 12:02 am #

    When the Bullies drafted Joakim Noah, I thought they were insane. I truly thought drafting Noah was a joke, and that he would fade into Kwame Brown obscurity…and with a puff of smoke. However, Mr. Noah proved me infinitely wrong. The dude has gotten so much better and is so much more serious about ball and his team than I ever thought he would be. Furthermore, just about every other player in the League should be taking notes on his energy, teamwork, and attitude, because every team should have at least one Joakim Noah in order to be successful. Noah showed us that he is something special this year, and I can’t wait to see what he does to the Cavs in the upcoming week. I figure him and Varajo get into at least one skirmish per game.

    Max April 16, 2010 at 4:47 am #

    The Guy is a winner. Winners find ways to win

  8. 3ThreeIII April 16, 2010 at 7:06 am #

    His steal and breakaway dunk against the Celtics last year nearly tore the roof off of the ESPN Zone in Anaheim. In ANAHEIM. Not many there cared about Chicago, or Florida.

    It was simply that fire, that hustle and that swagger.

    Any team would love to have that guy.

    thirdsaint April 16, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    I’ll admit I was one who didn’t want the Bulls to draft Noah. I thought he was a clown before draft day and after seeing him show up looking like Sideshow Bob I cringed. And a few years later I was WAY off. He’s easily my 2nd favorite Bulls player now.

    Noah is one of those players that is easy for a fan to love. His positive attitude and energy makes you smile when you watch him and when he starts banging his chest and screaming you almost want to do it with him. He’s one of those players that, if he’s on your team, you feel like you have a chance against any team because you can count on him to not give up and give 100% every night.

    DAV April 16, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

    I remember that 2006 draft, and I too really wanted Joakim. And I always stuck by him, even when he was a knucklehead. He’s become the player we always wanted Tyson Chandler to become, except a lot more consistent, a lot more heart, not nearly as foul prone, and a better scorer. (Maybe not quite as good a shot-blocker.)

    Adrian April 17, 2010 at 4:21 am #

    Joakim Noah is his dad on a basketball court..At 7 ft he’s so quick with his feet..Noah is truly a rare player..I think its funny everybody is sleeping don D. Rose and Noah, Noah will outrun any body playin the 5 and D rose will give shaq and Z hell on the pick and roll…Noah is not showing his ability to take bigger 5’s off the dribble and just WHAM! This bulls team is clicking..And their about to shock the world

    Adrian April 17, 2010 at 4:23 am #

    Awesome clip of Noah, He’s never changed..A clip of his 06 title..His energy and hustle never dropped one bit, Uncontrollable love and passion for the game..

    Derek April 17, 2010 at 5:01 am #

    Cav’s in 3.

    dlouis April 17, 2010 at 5:33 am #

    You think this guy likes winning:

  15. Anonymous April 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm #

    I thought drafting Noah was a mistake, but truth be told I started warming up to him his rookie season when he got suspended for getting into it with the overpaid old farts (Ben Wallace) and Scott Skiles leftovers flunkies.
    I used to think Ben Wallace’s prime (with MUCH better free throw shooting) would be Noah’s ceiling I am sooooooooooooooooo glad he proved me sooooooooooooooo wrong.

    Adrian April 17, 2010 at 5:52 pm #

    Never question the heart of a champion, I was sold on joakim noahs two NCAA championships, joakim noah is a winner. period.

    Adrian April 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    oh hey other adrian

  18. Super Joe April 19, 2010 at 3:07 am #

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