Posts Tagged ‘Joakim Noah’

Horry Scale: Rose gives Cavs a thorn

VIDEO: Derrick Rose opens the bank as three-pointer at buzzer gives Bulls victory.

Is it OK to say this was the sweetest moment for Derrick Rose since 2011? Yes, it appears so, because what could be more uplifting to a player who’s been to injury hell and back (three times) than sending a sucker punch to LeBron James and the Cavs here in what could be a tightly-contest second-round playoff series?

Over the last few years it has become customary, even tired, to proclaim “He’s Back!” whenever Rose did anything that remotely resembled his MVP season. To be honest, Rose will never be “back” until he displays the consistency of that season, but let’s put that aside for a moment. On this very play, with this very shot, he was “back” for a fleeting microsecond, even if the three-point buzzer beater than put the Bulls up 2-1 in the series required a kiss from the basketball Gods to bank off the glass.

As it is, Rose is being celebrated today in the same city that heckled him during his clumsy comeback from knee surgery a few years ago. Good for him, because if anyone needed a lift from a crazed crowd and a game-winning shot, it’s Rose.


Well, when you’re running to your right and need to shoot over a defender who has the wingspan of a prehistoric bird, then yeah, this shot was a bit tricky to pull off.

Rose took an in-bounds pass with three seconds left and after shaking free of Iman Shumpert, found Tristan Thompson flying in his grill. Of course, with time of the essence, there really wasn’t any time to think. And maybe that was a good thing. Three times on the Bulls’ previous four possessions, Rose missed one of two free throws and went 0-for-2 on isolation plays. This time, Rose simply launched it and didn’t call bank.


Before Rose’s game winner, the Bulls were stunned by a desperate three-pointer by J.R. Smith just seconds earlier. In a bit of bad decision-making by the Bulls and coach Tom Thibodeau, the Bulls refused to foul Smith while leading by three. In that situation, it’s better to send a player to the free throw line than risk having him tie the game, and the Bulls lost that gamble.

With Pau Gasol on the bench dealing with an injured hamstring, the Bulls couldn’t afford to play into overtime, not against LeBron. Speaking of whom, he poked the ball away from Rose on the very next play. Lucky for LeBron, he wasn’t called for a foul. And lucky for Rose, the ball went out of bounds, giving the Bulls another shot with three seconds left.


Bulls are up 2-1 in the best of seven. And the next game’s at the United Center on Sunday. C’mon.


Rose was rather subdued, as though he knew a 30-foot bank shot was going in all the way. Anyway, he was immediately lifted into the air by Joakim Noah, who sprinted off the bench, and soon mobbed by teammates. Of course, the UC went nuts, as it should, given that all of Chicago has been waiting to see something like this from Rose for nearly four years. Wish granted. If the Bulls win this series, don’t you think this shot will be raised as one of the reasons why?


Five Horrys, because of the circumstances: Rose’s continued comeback from injuries, it was a playoff game, LeBron was on the floor, and the ball was banked in. Yes, this is the max number of Horrys, but just the same, this isn’t some game in February. Please, after all he’s been through, don’t you think Rose should get lots of Horry love?


Joakim Noah says the darndest things

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Kids say the darndest things, which basically means that sometimes kids say things that don’t make much sense. So leave it to Bulls center Joakim Noah to turn the tables in this new Foot Locker commercial and say some things so wacky that even these kids seem to understand that maybe they shouldn’t listen to him. He does have a point about the chair and the dogs though — had never really considered that…

VIDEO: Joakim Foot Locker

Kids draw pictures of the Chicago Bulls

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On the surface, this seems like a simple enough game: Second and third graders from a Chicago elementary school drew pictures of Chicago Bulls players. Then, the actual Chicago Bulls players looked at the pictures and tried to guess which player was featured in the drawing. Again, simple idea, although it’s safe to say the players struggled the right identifications.

VIDEO: Bulls Kid Picasso 1

VIDEO: Bulls Kid Picasso 2

VIDEO: Bulls Kid Picasso 3

The Chicago Bulls present The Gift of the Game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Every year about this time, we start to see the same movies airing on TV over and over, the holiday classics: Christmas Vacation, Miracle on 34th Street, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Elf, etc.

Now the Chicago Bulls have created a new video to add to the holiday classics canon. Their video, The Gift Of The Game, which tells of a Christmas miracle involving Benny the Bull and a Bulls team that understands teamwork is the key to success. Special shoutout to Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler, Pau Gasol, Doug McDermott, and Mike Dunleavy for their narrating skills.

VIDEO: Bulls Gift

Joakim Noah, amateur dermatologist?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks back we checked on regarding the NBA’s new swingman jerseys, and saw a commercial where Dwight Howard met his match, so to speak.

In these latest adidas Swingman jersey spots, Chicago’s Joakim Noah and Denver’s Kenneth Faried introduce us to their doppelgangers, one a dermatologist, another a perfume-selling manimal.

VIDEO: Joakim Swingman

VIDEO: Faried Swingman

NBA People Throwing First Pitches (Pt. 1)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — All summer long, we’ve seen NBA players throwing out the ceremonial first pitches at baseball games. Not just major league games, and not just from active NBA players, but from NBA-related folks (coaches, retired players) all over the place.

I’ve been collecting these videos for a few months, and now we present them, all of them, in several parts, because there’s a lot to get through.

And so, here are a bunch of NBA people throwing out the first pitch at baseball games…


There has been a strong Bulls presence on the mounds. We catch Joakim first at a White Sox game, where he took two tries to get it right. Because it’s important to get it right.

VIDEO: Noah White Sox

Then, a few days later, Noah tried it again across town at Wrigley Field for a Cubs game, where things went much better…

VIDEO: Noah Cubs

Two new Bulls stopped by a White Sox game and tossed consecutive first pitches. Both went pretty well…

Joakim Noah throws first pitch(es) at White Sox game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There have been a bunch of NBA players throwing out ceremonial first pitches at baseball games the last few weeks, but I’ve been trying not to post each one individually in the hopes of later putting together a round-up of all the different first pitches.

But we had a first pitch earlier this week that I just couldn’t overlook. Bulls center Joakim Noah tossed the first pitch this week at a Chicago White Sox game. And after warming up a bit in a tunnel under the stadium, Joakim ran onto the field and…fired a pitch way low and outside.

But all is not lost! Instead, Joakim asked for another try, and this time lobbed a strike down the middle. There’s a reason you four balls to throw three strikes…

VIDEO: Noah pitch

NBA players dominate kids

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA players are the best of the best, elite athletes who have reached the peak of their sport, and perhaps even the top of the sporting world. They have honed their craft and skills to reach their place among the greats, and they will do whatever it takes to prove that dominance against any opponent, no matter the size or challenge that opponent presents.

But as we’ve seen several times the last few weeks, as good as NBA players are against their peers, they are absolutely dominant against children. Seriously, kids, don’t challenge NBA players.

For instance, here’s what happened when this kid recently tried to defend JR Smith one-on-one…

Every summer is serious for us real hoopers! Even the kids can get it! #SummerIsSerious #NikeFam

A video posted by JR Smith (@teamswish) on

Or how about Jazz forward Jeremy Evans? He actually took on two kids, a boy and a girl, and broke one kid’s ankles then dunked on the other one…

2 on 1 after the Jr. Jazz clinic in Green River today. @jeremyevans40 with the crossover and throw down.

A video posted by Jr. Jazz Youth Basketball (@officialjrjazz) on

And then there’s Chicago’s Joakim Noah, who takes on an army of kids and dispatches all of them…

But fear not, kids! Because every once in a while, even if it is a really rare while, one of the kids stands up for the rest and shows an NBA player that maybe they aren’t quite infallible. Just ask Nick Young

👀 Ok he got me lol

A video posted by Nick Young (@swaggyp1) on

Joakim Noah was Born To Run

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the things that makes Bulls center Joakim Noah such an effective center is his mobility; it’s hard for most NBA players to keep up with him on the break, much less other big men. Watching him get out and run the floor, and particularly when he has the ball in his hands, there’s an element of danger there. Is he going to dribble the ball off his foot? Is he going to throw a pass out of bounds? But he generally makes the correct plays, which is why it’s so much fun to watch Noah run the floor. Rob Mahoney at put together this supercut of Noah on the break, set to, appropriately, Bruce Springsteen‘s “Born To Run”…

VIDEO: Noah was born to run

(via The Point Forward)

Big Weekend For The Mutombo Finger Wag

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I grew up in Atlanta during the ’90s, a time that coincided with the run of Dikembe Mutombo as an Atlanta Hawk. Mutombo never really developed a dominant offensive post game, he was terrific on defense. He got dunked on from time to time, yes, but that was because he tried to block any shot that came near the rim. And when he did get his hands on a shot attempt, Mutombo generally turned that shot around pretty quickly. And then came the crowning glory: The Finger Wag.


It was such a prevalent maneuver that my friends and I started using it in traffic to express our displeasure with other drivers. It was cheeky, but ultimately non-threatening. Also, it was awesome.

Even though Mutombo retired a few seasons ago, the finger wag remains relevant. Just yesterday, for instance we got two displays of the Mutombo finger wag. First Amar’e Stoudemire delivered one after blocking Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson


And then we saw one from the stands, as Joakim Noah‘s dad, Yannick, dropped one following a block from Joakim that caused a Miami 24-second violation…


Mutombo may be gone. The finger wag will never die.