Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was selected to the All-Star Game as an Eastern Conference reserve for the second consecutive season Thursday.
The former Gator is only one of eight NBA players this year averaging a double-double (11.7 points and 11.4 rebounds), and also has a 17-game streak going with double-digit rebounds.
“I’m just happy,” Noah said on a conference call with reporters Thursday night. “It’s an unbelievable honor to be selected to the All-Star Game, play against the best players in the world. Very humbling and I’m happy hard work is paying off. Even though it’s not my priority, it’s still a good achievement and I’m proud of it.”
The game will be played Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT in the New Orleans Arena. Noah scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his All-Star debut last season.
The 28-year-old was the ninth overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft after winning back-to-back national championships and receiving first-team All-SEC honors at Florida.
Congrats to JoakimNoah making his 2nd NBAAllStar game! Gators
— Billy Donovan (@UFCoachBillyD) January 31, 2014