Joakim Noah puts up triple double; looking like All-Star

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Joakim Noah (11 Pts,13 Reb,10 Ast) had his 2nd career triple-double to lead the Chicago Bulls to 100-89 win over the Boston Celtics last night. Chicago has won 8 of their last 11 with Noah leading the way in the absence of Derrick Rose. Noah now has 2 career triple-doubles; the last Bulls frontcourt player before him with a triple-double was Dennis Rodman in 1996.

Since March 2008 a center has recorded a triple-double with points, rebounds and assists twice. Both times it was Noah. Given the dearth of true centers in the game today, he really should be an All-Star.

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Bulls Joakim Noah Talks About His New Non-Profit Organization

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Averaging 14 points and 11.7 rebounds, Chicago Bulls Center Joakim Noah will add hustle, speed, defense and versatility to a Bulls team that is already looking really good right now. At 38-16, they’re #3 in the Eastern Conference but just two games behind co-leaders Miami and Boston. One of the best rebounding and defensive teams in the NBA, they’ll get even stronger when Noah returns to the lineup Wednesday night versus Toronto.

Noah recently underwent thumb surgery and hasn’t played since Dec. 15. But he’s been very busy lately, especially in the non-profit sector.

“I just started a foundation with my mom called Noah’s Arc Foundation, it’s something I’m very excited about. I think being a basketball player, we’re in a position where a lot is given to us and it’s important to give back,” Joakim said.

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Joakim Noah Signs Extension with the Bulls

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In the very definition of irony, the Chicago Bulls and center Joakim Noah became much more likely to part ways today, despite the announcement on a multi-year extension. The new deal does guarantee that Noah will not become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the deal is worth $11 million annually with incentives in place that could take it higher.

Noah made “the leap” last year averaging 10.7 points and 11.0 rebounds while battling plantar fasciitis in his left foot and missing 18 games, because of it. His name surfaced in sign-and-trade rumors involving the Big Three free agents – LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – this summer. You obviously, know what happened to those three guys.

By Paul M. Banks

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