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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.

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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.

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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

Joakim Noah reportedly recruiting Carmelo Anthony to Bulls

Carmelo AnthonyCarmelo Anthony has done nothing but insist he intends to remain with the New York Knicks if and when he opts out of his current contract at the end of the season. In fact, he even said he would take a pay cut on his new deal to help the team sign top talent in free agency. That isn’t enough to stop Joakim Noah from trying.

According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, a source said Noah was recruiting Anthony to the Chicago Bulls during All-Star weekend in New Orleans.

“I’m told that Joakim said to Melo, ‘Look, you can go to Los Angeles. But if you want to win a ring, if you want your legacy to be about winning, come to Chicago,’” Broussard reported. “Melo, I’m told, said, ‘Look, I’ve been watching you guys. I admire how hard you play. I admire how hungry you are. Oh, and by the way, my son’s favorite player – Derrick Rose.’

“It seems like it intrigued him.”

Broussard noted that Chicago would have to amnesty Carlos Boozer to offer ‘Melo a deal starting at $15 million per year, which is much less than the $22.4 million he is eligible to earn with a max contract. If they trade Mike Dunleavy and his $3 million salary they could offer Anthony around $18 million.

Does Anthony love New York so much that he is willing to take a pay cut to remain there, or was his point that he is willing to take less money anywhere to improve his chances of winning a championship? Assuming Rose comes back healthy, the Bulls look much closer to a championship team than the Knicks do. They certainly have the coaching advantage with Tom Thibodeau.

From an endorsement standpoint, Carmelo could earn just as much in Chicago as New York. The Knicks are 22-40 and are likely going to miss the playoffs. The Bulls remain fourth in the Eastern Conference despite not having their best player. I think we all know what Jim Boeheim would tell Anthony to do.

Joakim Noah angry at Tony Snell over chest bump snub (Video)

Joakim Noah Tony SnellAll Joakim Noah wanted was a little chest bump from his teammate after scoring a big bucket in the fourth quarter of the Chicago Bulls’ win over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. All he got was a lame response.

Noah went up for the chest bump as he was heading off the court following a layup in the final minute, and rookie Tony Snell gave him nothing in return. Noah was clearly ticked off, because he shot the rookie a couple of nasty “SMH” glances.

Come on, Snell. You don’t want to ruin Noah’s flow when he’s feeling it.

And now here’s one from LBS. This song goes out to Snell from Joakim:

Video via Beyond the Buzzer