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Joakim Noah reportedly recruiting Carmelo Anthony to the Bulls

Carmelo Anthony KnicksJoakim Noah is doing it all for the Chicago Bulls franchise. Not only was he named Defensive Player of the Year, but he’s also trying to make the team better by recruiting other star players.

Back in March, a report said Noah spent All-Star Weekend trying to recruit Carmelo Anthony to the Bulls. ‘Melo has a $23.7 million option for next season, but is expected to opt out of his current deal to become a free agent. The Clippers, Rockets and Lakers have also been mentioned as teams interested in pursuing the Knicks forward if he becomes available, but thanks to Noah’s efforts, the Bulls might have the inside track.

The Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley says Noah continued to text with ‘Melo throughout the rest of the season. He says Noah has been in Anthony’s ear as much as possible.

None of this should come as a surprise; we’ve heard for a while that the Bulls were preparing to make a run at Carmelo. The problem for them would be fitting ‘Melo’s salary in with the team. Chicago might want him to take a pay cut in order to surround him with more talent. ‘Melo has said he is willing to take less in order to win, and even Knicks president Phil Jackson wants to hold him to that.

We’ll see if Carmelo puts his money where his mouth is. And Chicago would be a really good spot for him, too. Boy would that make the East interesting.

Joakim Noah reportedly gets into heated exchange with Wizards’ security

Joakim NoahJoakim Noah is always an emotional player, but the Chicago Bulls center got his blood boiling much earlier than he typically does on Friday morning. According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Noah got into a heated exchanged with a Washington Wizards security staffer during his game day shootaround.

Noah is typically the last player off the court when the Bulls hold their shootaround. When Wizards security manager Jackie Miles came onto the court to tell the Bulls to wrap things up because the Wizards were about to take the floor, Noah reportedly became angry.

Miles came onto the Verizon Center hardwood and started screaming for Bulls players to exit so the Wizards could start their shootaround. Noah is usually the last Bull off the court in shootarounds, going through his morning routine, and wasn’t having any of it.

Noah told Miles, “Get the [bleep] out of here, I’m not done … get the [bleep] out of here.’’

Miles started firing back with, “Don’t [bleeping] talk to me that way,’’ and then again telling Noah to leave the court.

Cowley said Noah and Miles went back and forth for at least another minute while Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was speaking to reporters just off the court. Miles reportedly did the same thing when the Bulls visited Washington last month, yelling at the players to “get off my court.”

For what it’s worth, Noah didn’t listen. He finished shooting around and did not exit the floor until his routine was complete. We know how particular players can be about what they do on game day. Noah isn’t the most reasonable player in the league, but it sounds like Miles was being a hard ass for no reason.

H/T Deadspin

Joakim Noah devastated that it was snowing in Chicago (Video)

Joakim-Noah-snowThe Chicago Bulls have been rolling over the past two weeks with eight wins in their last nine games. Only one more game remains in the regular season before the Bulls begin their playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets, and Joakim Noah is excited for the postseason. The weather? Not so much.

After Chicago’s 108-95 win over the Orlando Magic on Sunday night, Noah spoke to reporters about taking it one game at a time. He also said that this is his favorite time of year and listed the warm weather making a comeback as a reason why. The only problem with that was it was snowing at the time in Chicago. Noah was stunned to learn that.

“You serious?” he asked with a look of disgust. “Na, that’s bulls–t. It’s snowing, for real?”

The best part was the reporter who asked him if he wants to retract his statement and still thinks the Bulls can win it all. The guy was joking, but Noah looked like he was about to punch him when he said it. This former Florida Gator really, really hates cold weather.

Video via Deadspin

Joakim Noah thinks Roy Hibbert flopped on this play (Video)

The same day the Chicago Bulls accused the Indiana Pacers of being big floppers, Roy Hibbert may have proven why the label was justified.

During the second quarter of the game — which the Bulls won 89-77 — Joakim Noah hit Hibbert in the head from behind while defending in the paint. The replay showed that Noah definitely caught Hibbert in the head, but did he smack him hard enough to cause the massive center to go down in as much pain as he showed? Probably not.
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Noah put his hands on his hips as if he were disgusted by Hibbert’s act, shook his head, and then he looked over at his bench for commiseration.

What’s ironic is that before the game, Bulls forward Taj Gibson said the Pacers had a lot of floppers.

“There’s a lot of floppers’’ on the Pacers, Roy Hibbert told teammate David West that Gibson said.

“That’s who said it, D-West! Taj called us floppers,’’ Hibbert said. ‘‘I haven’t taken a charge in probably four years. He’s entitled to his opinion. I’m just going to play hard.’’

Just play hard? Noah definitely disagrees. There was a flop there for sure.

Video via Ball is Life

Joakim Noah on MVP chants: ‘I don’t like it at all’

Joakim NoahJoakim Noah has put the Chicago Bulls on his back and kept them in the playoff hunt without Derrick Rose this season. The big man is averaging a double-double with 12.2 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. He is also averaging 4.8 assists (6.8 during the months of February and March) and has been a big part of a defense that allows fewer points than any team in the NBA.

Noah is clearly Chicago’s MVP, and some would even argue that he deserves to be in the league MVP discussion. The 29-year-old doesn’t want to hear that. When he was asked on Sunday about fans chanting “MVP!” while he’s at the free throw line, Noah did not seem happy.

I don’t like it,” he told the Bulls’ official website. “No, I don’t like it. Because our MVP is not playing. We have one MVP, and that’s Derrick Rose.

And it’s not about MVPs, it’s about rings, and one day I hope that we can get one here. That’s all I want. I don’t care about none of that stuff [MVPs].”

Noah seemed genuinely bothered when discussing the “MVP!” chants at the end of what had been a light-hearted interview. In reality, I’m sure he’s flattered. But Noah has always been a team player whether you like his attitude or not, and his response reflected that.

We all know the fans in Chicago have a very high basketball IQ. The NBA MVP award typically goes to a player who puts up a ton of points or makes a huge impact on offense. The fact that Bulls fans recognize that Noah is one of the main reasons their team is 35-28 without its best player should make the former Florida star feel pretty good about his season.

H/T SLAM Online

Joakim Noah has his gossip queen impression down perfectly (Video)

Joakim NoahIf Joakim Noah ever gets bored with basketball, he definitely can pursue an acting career. I mean the guy already has the gossip queen impression down perfectly.

In an interview with ESPN recorded for Friday’s Chicago Bulls-Memphis Grizzlies telecast, Noah was asked about the report that he was recruiting Carmelo Anthony to the Bulls during All-Star Weekend. Noah called the report “gossip,” and then he broke out the gossip girl impression for full effect.

It was brilliant. That snorting bull in the background was pretty badass as well.

I wonder if Joakim learned that from his attractive sister.

Video via @cjzero

Joakim Noah gets spooked by Pistons mascot (Video)

JOakim-Noah-startledJoakim Noah posted an impressive triple-double in a win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night, but his evening was not entirely stress free. As Noah was heading to the locker room after the game, Hooper the Pistons mascot startled the crap out of him.

As you can see from the video that Sports Pickle passed along, Hooper found a hiding spot that was strategically located after the tunnel. Noah wasn’t expecting a horse to jump out at him, so he reacted accordingly.

At least someone on the 24-37 Pistons is still having a good time.

H/T Jimmy Traina’s The Big Buzz