Posts Tagged ‘Yannick Noah’

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.

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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

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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…

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

Yannick Noah Is A Huge Fan Of His Son

Joakim Noah is a man of animation. News flash. But he had to get it from somewhere, right?

On Sunday, we got an insight into Noah’s fiery nature when his father Yannick Noah was interviewed by Lisa Salters during Sunday’s matchup between the Heat and Bulls. He was a willing participant, answering questions while keeping his eye on the game. Slowly, the steadiness of his replies lessened, until he finally lost it and stopped the interview to give the Bulls, rather his son, a standing ovation.

It stands simply as one of the better moments of the year.


VIDEO: Yannick Noah can’t contain himself during interview

After the game, fresh off an OT victory for Chicago, Salters asked Joakim about his pops:


VIDEO: Joakim talks about his father’s passion after the Heat-Bulls game