With Joakim Noah leaving the Chicago Bulls, an era is over. An era that was filled with a lot of passion, passes, offensive rebounds, victories, and fond memories. Noah was an eccentric and effective player who had a lot of great, and interesting moments for the Bulls.
Noah signed with the Knicks as a Free Agent this offseason, and we’re here to give him a proper sendoff, with a look back at some of his finest moments in his nine seasons with Chicago.
We can start from the beginning. I’m not going to lie, when the Bulls drafted Noah in 2007, I wasn’t thrilled. The attire didn’t help.
And after his rookie season, there was reason to be skeptical about him. He got in a confrontation with Assistant Coach Ron Adams, leading to the bizarre situation where the team’s own ‘veterans’ stepped in to suspend him and extra game. Of course, as it turned out, Noah matured (including developing a bond with Adams) and those crappy veterans were gone.
Steal and dunk on Pierce
But the steal and dunk over Paul Pierce in the epic triple-overtime game against the Celtics in the 2009 playoffs was a signature moment at the beginning of his Bulls career:
And while there were other great Noah moments as his Bulls career went along, it’s still a signature moment of his Bulls tenure.
2013 Game 7 vs. Nets
Although that Nets team was a fraud, the Bulls had no business beating them in a road Game 7 in the first round of the 2013 playoffs. The Bulls’ starting backcourt was Nate Robinson and Marco Belinelli. Luol Deng was out. And Noah himself was dealing with plantar fasciitis. But he guaranteed a win, and he backed it up by putting up 24 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks in a victory. It was one of the guttiest efforts I’ve seen as a Bulls fan. Plus it was nice to see the Bulls come up with a big basket each time the “BROOKLYN” chant was said in the Barclays Center.
Ejection vs. Kings
Noah wears his emotions on his sleeve, and when he got tossed in a game in early 2014 in Sacramento, he got his money’s worth in a rant a la Half Baked:
Dumping on Cleveland
Joakim Noah really doesn’t like Cleveland, and he’s never hid from it:
Noah and LeBron’s teams have had quite the history, from Noah calling out LeBron’s dancing as a Cavalier to the ‘Hollywood as Hell’ Miami Heat. and while obviously it’s never wound up in the Bulls’ favor, I’ll never forget Jo trolling LeBron/Bosh/Chalmers in the 2013 playoffs:
Noah and his dad
This moment was a great one. It was when the Bulls were playing the Heat back in 2014 and it was during the time when Noah was at his career best. The moment when ABC decided to interview his father and seeing his reaction right as Noah grabbed an offensive rebound + drawing a foul was amazing. Always a moment that will make any NBA fan smile.
Not happy with Tony Snell
This was one of the more funnier moments with the Bulls involving everyone’s favorite player, Tony Snell. Watching Noah get ticked off and shake his head at Snell for giving him a chest bump was pure comedy, mostly cause of Noah’s reaction. Never change Jo.
Point-Noah and the Defensive Player of the Year
After yet another Derrick Rose injury and the dump-trade of Luol Deng, the 2013-14 Bulls were being told to give up, but Joakim Noah wouldn’t let them. Noah became the de-facto point guard for the team and led an otherwise-strapped Bulls team to another playoff berth. Every night became a triple-double watch, either via blocks or assists.
He wound up getting in the top-5 in MVP voting, and earning the Defensive Player of the Year Award.
All those GIFs
Here’s a fave.
There’s many more. You should post your own in the comments.