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Noah’s historic night strengthens case for best big

Back in December, Joakim Noah said he’d haunt the City of Brotherly Love “for the rest of my career.” No one thought he’d channel the ghosts of Shaquille O’Neal or Hakeem Olajuwon. Noah recorded 23 points, 21 rebounds and 11 blocks for a monstrous triple-double in leading the Bulls to a 93-82 win over the 76ers in Chicago on Thursday night, numbers duplicated only by those aforementioned legends since 1985. “That’s legendary stuff,” Carlos Boozer told the Chicago Tribune. “I’ve… Read More »

All-Star nods are uniquely special for Lee, Noah

Golden State Warriors forward David Lee and Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah already knew they’d be playing against each other on Friday night. As it turns out, they’ll do the same on Feb. 17. Lee and Noah were chosen to go to the NBA All-Star Game on Thursday, and both of the Gators’ selections were special for different reasons. Lee, who made the Western Conference squad as a reserve, is the first Warriors player selected to the All-Star Game since… Read More »

Vengeful Noah brought extra for Philadelphia fans

Joakim Noah typically manufactures energy from his own limitless supply, but he had a little more in store for the 76ers last night. The Chicago Bulls’ center never forgot Game 3 of last year’s Eastern Conference quarterfinals, where the notorious fans in Philadelphia cheered when he severely sprained his ankle. Noah was forced to miss the rest of the playoffs, then the Olympics. That was a motivational catalyst all offseason for Noah, who felt “disrespected.” “I’ve been thinking about it… Read More »