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Joakim Noah appreciation day

[ed. note: From the diaries. I got nothin for a couple days, and there's been a flurry of Noah stories (linked in the comments as well) in that time, so it seems natural. -Matt]

We Love Joakim; why doesn't anyone else?

Anne Stein from MSNBC did an "Six questions with..." thing with Noah. (hat tip: TrueHoop) I'll post most of what Henry did:

A while ago a trainer who has worked with Joakim Noah, Dan Barto, compared Noah's personality to Muhammad Ali's. A lot of people thought that was outlandish, in the comments, but having met Noah (but not, alas, Ali) and talked to him, I am prepared to believe there are some kernels of truth there.

Anne Stein of MSNBC recently asked Noah about athletes he admires, and his answer affirmed the notion that he's thinking about the big picture.

My favorite athlete has to be Muhammad Ali, of course. I think he's an inspiration. Currently, there's a soccer player for Chelsea, Didier Drogba, from the Ivory Coast. Both of those guys are great athletes and at the top of their sports, but what they did away from the field or ring was the most interesting or inspiring to me. They are people whose messages will never be forgotten even when they leave us.

With Drogba, there was a big civil war in the Ivory Coast, and the national team qualified for the World Cup for the first time in the country's history, in the last World Cup. They competed and when Drogba won the MVP award, he brought it home to a region of the country that was at war with his region of the country. And that's where the trophy stays now. Basically soccer helped stop the civil war over there. Thousands were slaughtered and everything he does for his country is unbelievable -- he stays true to his roots and gives back to his country.

The first two questions he related to Florida, because, well, after those two seasons, wouldn't you want to forget this year as well? Anyway, the other questions are interesting, too. Now, if only you had Tyrus Thomas's body and Noah's head and... erg... heart. (God, I hate cliches.) Hopefully, Noah will rub off on Thomas and Deng we'll have champions to cheer on for years. Yay! Everyone's happy.

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