Joakim Noah
American college basketball player, professional basketball player, NCAA Tournament champion
Joakim Noah
Joakim Simon Noah is a professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association. Born in New York City to a Swedish mother and a French father of Cameroonian descent, he holds American, Swedish and French citizenship. He played college basketball for the University of Florida, and was a key member of the Florida Gators' starting five that won two consecutive NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournaments in 2006 and 2007.
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After stressful homestand, Knicks head to OKC
Fox News - 5 days
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Before the season began, members of the New York Knicks were trying to sell the public on their status as a contender. With Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Kristaps Porzingis on the roster, it was easy to see how they might fostered that idea.
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Where Derrick Rose Really Went Last Week
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Last week, there was a major brouhaha when New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose unexpectedly disappeared before a New Orleans Pelicans game. There was no text, no call, no Instagram, no email, no Facebook message to his coaches or teammates alerting them to his unplanned absence. It was later reported he flew to Chicago for unspecified family reasons. That night, the team lost to the New Orleans Pelicans without one of their top scorers. By all accounts, the Knicks are having a tough year. Their current record is 19-24. The signings of free agents Rose and Joakim Noah from the Chicago Bulls were intended to bolster the team with veteran leadership and bring more star power to Madison Square Garden. Instead, the squad has lost 11 of their last 14 games, and are 5 games below .500. Following his unsanctioned time off, Rose was fined $200,000 for missing a game, a small fraction of his $21 million paycheck. But we don’t have concrete proof of Rose being in Chicago. Did anyo ...
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DeMarcus Cousins mocks Joakim Noah's free throw stroke, Noah gets the last laugh - Yahoo Sports
Google News - 2 months
Yahoo Sports DeMarcus Cousins mocks Joakim Noah's free throw stroke, Noah gets the last laugh Yahoo Sports Over a decade after he rose to national prominence as a dominant college player at the University of Florida, and nearly 10 years after he was drafted into the NBA, we finally have the most accurate portrayal of Joakim Noah's infamous shooting “stroke.”. Kings' DeMarcus Cousins: Submits 28 points, 12 rebounds DeMarcus Cousins Pokes Fun at Joakim Noah's Shooting FormBleacher Report NBA Trade Rumors: To Trade Or Not To Trade DeMarcus Cousins?The Inquisitr For The Win -Nugg Love -FanRag Sports (blog) -Headlines & Global News all 15 news articles »
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Joakim Noah Is Still Finding His Way With the Knicks
NYTimes - 3 months
Noah, who signed a four-year, $72 million deal during the summer, has struggled early on, but his value to the team cannot be weighed on statistics alone.
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Villanova shows its championship mettle with road win at Purdue - Yahoo Sports
Google News - 3 months
Yahoo Sports Villanova shows its championship mettle with road win at Purdue Yahoo Sports In the decade since Joakim Noah and Al Horford led Florida to back-to-back championships in 2006 and 2007, no team has come particularly close to pulling off that same feat. By leaving Purdue with a tense, hard-earned 79-76 victory, third-ranked ... Top 25 CapsulesWashington Post Villanova again appears championship-worthy, despite being overlookedESPN (blog) Back from suspension, Mack leads No. 23 Texas over ULM 80-59 (Nov 14, 2016) USA TODAY -SFGate -Journal and Courier all 84 news articles »
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Knicks bash Bulls with lift from Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah
Chicago Times - 4 months
Derrick Rose's jumper found bottom and he ran down the United Center court, gesturing with both hands to the crowd. Bring it on, Rose's gesture said. Bring it on. The last eight years, that gesture would have brought a cascade of cheers, an avalanche of love. Friday night, the defiant taunt invited...
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Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah return with Knicks
Chicago Times - 4 months
Derrick Rose consistently said his main motivation was to win an NBA championship for his hometown of Chicago. How crazy, then, that his first game at the United Center as an opponent with the New York Knicks came on the day the Cubs celebrated a World Series championship. "Only thing I can do...
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Noah makes quick mark at Madison Square Garden
Yahoo News - 4 months
A passionate Joakim Noah made his presence felt on Saturday at Madison Square Garden as the New York Knicks won their NBA home opener 111-104 over the Memphis Grizzlies. The Knicks were out to erase the memory of their lopsided season-opening loss to the NBA champion Cavaliers in Cleveland on Tuesday -- and Noah, the French-American player who grew up just blocks from Madison Square Garden cheering for the Knicks, was just the man to help them do it.
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On Pro Basketball: In Donning a Knicks Uniform, Joakim Noah Slips Into a Lifelong Dream
NYTimes - 4 months
Noah, who grew up in Manhattan and was a Knicks fan as a child, made his debut in a preseason game Saturday at Madison Square Garden. “It was special,” he said.
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On Pro Basketball: Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah Distract Knicks, Right on Schedule
NYTimes - 4 months
In another preseason of complications, Rose is tending to legal troubles in a California court, and Noah is sidelined by a sore hamstring.
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On Pro Basketball: For Knicks’ Joakim Noah, Principled Stand Isn’t a Novelty
NYTimes - 5 months
Noah’s decision to skip a team dinner at the U.S. Military Academy, which came amid prominent protests by other athletes, sprang from long-held pacifist beliefs.
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Joakim Noah, Averse to Wars, Skips Knicks Event at West Point
NYTimes - 5 months
The center did not attend a team dinner with cadets at the United States Military Academy but emphasized that he is not “anti-troops.”
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Pacifist Noah skips military dinner
Yahoo News - 5 months
French star Joakim Noah opted to skip a New York Knicks training camp dinner held with US Army cadets at the West Point military academy, saying it clashed with his pacifist beliefs, reports said Friday. Noah, who joined the Knicks this summer, said he felt uncomfortable about attending the dinner held on Thursday at West Point where the NBA team is holding its pre-season training camp. The 31-year-old star, who has both US and French citizenship, also did not attend a speech given by a retired Army Colonel, the New York Daily News said.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joakim Noah
  • 2016
    On July 8, 2016, Noah signed a four-year, $72 million contract with his hometown team, the New York Knicks.
    More Details Hide Details Noah plays for the French national basketball team, although he also could have been eligible for the American or Swedish team. "The French National team is definitely something that has been in my dreams for a while", he said. Noah made his first appearance for the French national basketball team on July 24, 2009 in a friendly match against Austria where he scored 16 points with 9 rebounds. Noah then joined the French team at EuroBasket 2011. He did not join the French Olympic team for the 2012 Olympic Games in London because of a serious ankle injury that he suffered during the 2012 NBA playoffs. Noah said that he needed more time and rehabilitation work before he would be ready to play again. Noah is known for his high-energy play, especially on the defensive end. He is a tenacious rebounder on both ends of the floor and is a good ball-handler and passer at the center position. His unorthodox shooting style has been the subject of much criticism. However, Noah has improved his free throw shooting and is a capable finisher close to the basket.
  • 2015
    Noah lost his starting spot to Nikola Mirotić during the 2015 pre-season, coming off the bench in his first 23 games of the 2015–16 season.
    More Details Hide Details Following a quadruple overtime loss to the Detroit Pistons on December 18, starting center Pau Gasol did not travel to New York for the Bulls' December 19 game against the Knicks. In his absence, Noah started in his first game of the season and subsequently scored a season-high 21 points. He also grabbed 10 rebounds in the game, six of them offensive, thus becoming the Bulls' career leader in offensive boards, passing Horace Grant (1,888). On December 23, he was ruled out for two to four weeks because of a slight tear within his sprained left shoulder, an injury he suffered in the Bulls' December 21 game against the Brooklyn Nets. After missing nine straight games with the injury, he returned to action on January 11, recording 9 rebounds and 4 assists off the bench in a loss to the Washington Wizards. On January 14, he made just his second start of the season, replacing the injured Pau Gasol. In 38 minutes of action, he recorded 6 points, 16 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals and 1 block in a 115–111 overtime win over the Philadelphia 76ers. In the next game the following night, Noah re-injured his left shoulder against the Dallas Mavericks. He was subsequently ruled out for four to six months after it was determined that he required surgery to stabilize his left shoulder.
    On January 27, 2015, Noah had a season-best game with 18 points and 15 rebounds in a 113–111 overtime win over the Golden State Warriors.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the season averaging 7.2 points and 9.6 rebounds, his lowest averages since the 2009–10 season.
  • 2014
    On June 4, 2014, Noah was named to the 2014 All-NBA first team.
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    On April 21, 2014, Noah was awarded the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award for the first time in his career.
    More Details Hide Details He is the second Chicago Bull to win the award, after Michael Jordan who won it in the season.
    On April 9, 2014, Noah had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a 102–87 road win against the Minnesota Timberwolves, his fourth triple double in the season.
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    On March 2, 2014, Noah recorded his fifth career triple double with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists in a 109–90 win over the New York Knicks.
    More Details Hide Details Noah's 14 assists was the most ever by a Bulls center, and the most by a center in the NBA since 1986. Three days later, in a 105–94 win over the Detroit Pistons, Noah recorded yet another triple double finishing the game with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Joakim finished the month of March with 120 assists, the most by an NBA center since Wilt Chamberlain had 155 in March 1968.
    On February 11, 2014, Noah recorded his fourth career triple-double in a 100–85 win against the Atlanta Hawks, finishing the game with 19 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists.
    More Details Hide Details On February 19, 2014, Joakim accounted for 13 assists in a 94–92 road win against the Toronto Raptors. By doing so, he became the first NBA center with 3 games of 10+ assists in a season since Brad Miller of the Sacramento Kings in 2005–06 and the only center with 13 assists in a game since Vlade Divac in April 1996.
    On January 30, 2014, Joakim Noah was named a reserve in the 2014 NBA All-Star Game for the second time in his career.
    More Details Hide Details He played 21 minutes in the game (including the entire fourth quarter) and scored 8 points, collected 5 rebounds and had 5 assists while helping the East to win 163–155.
  • 2013
    From December 28, 2013 to February 1, 2014, Noah had an 18-game streak of 10 or more rebounds, averaging 13.9 rebounds during that stretch. Such streak was ended on February 4, 2014 in a game against the Sacramento Kings as Joakim was ejected from the game after complaining due to a controversial foul call against him.
    More Details Hide Details Noah erupted and verbally abused the referees, resulting in a $15,000 fine from the NBA.
    On February 28, 2013, Noah recorded his third career triple-double, scoring 23 points, collecting 21 rebounds and blocking a career-high 11 shots in Chicago's 93–82 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
    More Details Hide Details In doing so, Noah both tied a franchise record for blocks in a regular season game set by Artis Gilmore on December 20, 1977, and joined Hakeem Olajuwon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shawn Bradley, Shaquille O'Neal, and Elvin Hayes as the only players to record a triple-double of 20-20-10 in points, rebounds, and blocks since blocks began being recorded, and the only player among them to do so while shooting 65 percent from the field.
    On January 24, 2013, Noah was named as a reserve in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, representing the Chicago Bulls alongside teammate Luol Deng.
    More Details Hide Details He became the Bulls' first All-Star center since Artis Gilmore in 1982. He played 16 minutes in the game, scoring 8 points and collecting 10 rebounds in the East's loss.
  • 2012
    On December 18, 2012, he recorded his second ever triple-double, scoring 11 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and providing a career high-tying 10 assists, in a 100–89 victory over the Boston Celtics.
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    On December 7, 2012, Noah recorded his career highs of 30 points and 23 rebounds in a win against the Detroit Pistons.
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    On February 22, 2012, Noah recorded his first career triple-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
    More Details Hide Details It was the first triple-double by a Bulls center since Artis Gilmore recorded one in 1977.
  • 2010
    In 2010, with his mother, an artist, Noah founded the Noah's Arc Foundation to help engage children with positive self-expression through arts and sports.
    More Details Hide Details The foundation has a special focus on at risk youth in Chicago.
    On December 15, 2010, the Bulls announced that due to ligament damage in Noah's hand, he would have surgery and miss 8 to 10 weeks.
    More Details Hide Details Noah was averaging 14 points and 11.7 rebounds in the 24 games prior to his injury. He returned to action in the 55th game of the season on February 23 after recuperating from right thumb surgery. He scored 7 points and had 16 rebounds in just over 24 minutes. He returned to the inactive list for games 74, 75 and 76.
    On October 4, 2010, Noah signed a five-year, $60 million contract extension with the Bulls.
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  • 2009
    During the 2009–10 season, Noah averaged 10.7 points and 11. rebounds per game.
    More Details Hide Details He only played 64 games due to injury, though. The Bulls once again made the playoffs, securing the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. In the playoffs, Noah averaged 14.8 points per game and 13. rebounds, but the Bulls lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round in five games.
    Noah played a key role in Game 6 of the 2009 Eastern Conference first round playoff series between the Bulls and the Boston Celtics.
    More Details Hide Details In the final minute of the game's third overtime period, with the score tied at 123–123, he stole the ball from Paul Pierce and dribbled down the court (unusual for a center) for a dunk, drawing Pierce's sixth foul in the process. The Bulls went on to win the game 128–127, though they would lose the series in Game 7.
  • 2008
    Noah averaged 6.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game during the 2008–09 regular season.
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    Noah had a rocky start with his team after being given a suspension by a unanimous vote from his teammates in January 2008.
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  • 2007
    On November 6, 2007, Noah made his regular season debut off the bench after missing the first three games with a sprained ankle.
    More Details Hide Details He scored 2 points and had 4 rebounds.
    The Chicago Bulls selected Noah as the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft.
    More Details Hide Details Noah and his teammates at Florida, Corey Brewer and Al Horford, became the highest-picked trio from the same college in the history of the NBA. Horford was chosen third overall by the Atlanta Hawks, and Brewer was chosen seventh overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
    In the championship game vs. the Ohio State Buckeyes, he was in a match-up against the future 2007 NBA Draft number one pick, Greg Oden.
    More Details Hide Details Regardless, he was still able to score eight points and grab three rebounds, although getting into foul trouble. He also was perfect from the free throw line, making six shots on six attempts. With the help of Noah on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, the Florida Gators were able to win their second NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship in two years.
    The Chicago Bulls selected Noah with the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft.
    More Details Hide Details Noah is a two-time NBA All-Star, and was named to the All-NBA First Team in 2014, when he also was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Noah was born in New York City, to Cameroonian−French singer and former world No. 3 tennis player Yannick Noah, winner of the French Open in 1983, and Cécilia Rodhe, Miss Sweden 1978. His grandfather Zacharie Noah was a Cameroonian professional soccer player, winner of the Coupe de France in 1961.
  • 2006
    On April 3, 2006, 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship Game Noah paced the Gators to a 73–57 victory over the UCLA Bruins for the school's first NCAA basketball championship, and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.
    More Details Hide Details In the final game, he scored 16 points, made 9 rebounds, and blocked a championship game record 6 shots. The next year after the Gators won the 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, they went forward to the next year with five returning starters. Noah started off the tournament with 17 points and 12 rebounds in 24 minutes of play in a win vs. the Jackson State Tigers. In the second round, Noah scored nine points and had nine rebounds in a win vs. the Purdue Boilermakers. The Purdue game, Butler Bulldogs game, and Ohio State championship game were the only three games he did not have double digit rebounds in the tournament; although he had nine rebounds in two of those games. He had a tournament high, 14 points and 14 rebounds in the Elite Eight in a win vs. the Oregon Ducks.
    Noah and the Florida Gators would go on to repeat as 2006–07 national champions.
    More Details Hide Details Noah was named the Most Outstanding Player (MOP) of the NCAA Tournament's Minneapolis Regional after leading the Gators over top-seeded Villanova in the final game with 26 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 blocks.
    By the end of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, he had declared for the 2006 NBA draft.
    More Details Hide Details However, Noah, along with teammates Al Horford and Corey Brewer, announced at the Gators' national championship celebration that they would return for their junior seasons.
    He played college basketball for the Florida Gators, winning back-to-back NCAA championships in 2006 and 2007.
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  • 2005
    During Noah's 2005–06 sophomore year, he was listed as power forward but was moved to center to replace Al Horford, and in that position he led his team in points (14.2 ppg) and blocks (2.4 bpg), while ranking second in rebounds (7.1 rpg) behind teammate Al Horford (7.6 rpg).
    More Details Hide Details Almost unknown at the beginning of the season, Noah's projected draft position improved over time.
  • 2004
    During his 2004–05 freshman year, he played 9.4 minutes per game, and averaged only 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.
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    Noah was a member of Donovan's 2004 recruiting class, a group that included four freshmen who would have a dramatic impact on the Gators basketball program during the next three seasons.
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    Noah accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida, where he played for coach Billy Donovan's Florida Gators men's basketball team from 2004 to 2007.
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    Considered a four-star recruit by, Noah was listed as the No. 19 power forward and the No. 75 player in the nation in 2004.
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  • 1988
    Noah lived in Paris, France from 1988 to 1998 and returned to New York City at age 13.
    More Details Hide Details He played high school basketball for the United Nations International School, Poly Prep Country Day School and Lawrenceville School.
  • 1985
    Born on February 25, 1985.
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