Noah on playing for France

ESPN’s Mark Woods published a story about Joakim Noah adjusting to Eurobasket play. It’s worth a look.

What does Noah think about playing for the French national team?

“I’m loving it. It’s exciting to win the games. We’re playing well. This is a great team. We stick together.”

And playing in Lithuania?

“This is unbelievable. It’s a very small country but it is unbelievable the talent they have. The population is 3 million. That’s smaller than Chicago. But you can tell how much passion people have for the game. It’s like a religion out here.

“I feel very privileged to be able to play basketball like this. Never in my wildest dreams did I feel I’d be playing on the biggest stages in the world. The first time I landed in Lithuania, I saw this country with forests everywhere. Here we are in a beautiful arena. You can’t complain too much.”

These quotes epitomize what I love about Noah: His passion for the game and his intense enthusiasm about, well, pretty much everything. That lust for life is why Noah — although he lacks the sheer athleticism and raw skills of some of his NBA counterparts — is one of the better centers in the league.

I’m glad he’s getting the experience. And the extra off-season PT. Let’s hope it helps ramp up his game next season.

9 Responses to Noah on playing for France

    JT's Hoops Blog September 12, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    It’s only too bad that he silenced himself playoff time.

  2. Dude September 12, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    Any idea if his jump shot is back to its pre-thumb surgery level?

  3. Mike September 13, 2011 at 2:48 am #

    somebody tell him to work on his offensive skill set!!

    BULL4EVER September 13, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    Carlos Boozer silenced himself in the postseason, not Noah my friend.Boozer needs to step it up this season, especially after all that slacking in the East Finals.GO BULLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Anonymous September 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    is there anyway we can block bull4ever from commenting on this website?

  6. Anonymous September 14, 2011 at 5:11 am #

    Noah is an athlete…….just ask Paul Pierce when he got beat in the footrace two years ago in the playoffs.

  7. TBF September 19, 2011 at 7:20 am #

    So, Mr. Hoops Blog things that Noah played badly last playoffs and the Deng isn’t all that great. I guess it’s good that there’s no requirement to be a blogger.

    ben hinsdale September 22, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    even though Noah who missed France’s last game due to a calf injury,according to France coach Vincent Collet he is now averaging nine points and eight rebounds for the tournament

  9. Grisela September 25, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    I simply love Noah (:

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