• by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Bulls center Joakim Noah wins Citizenship Award

    Bulls center Joakim Noah was awarded the 2014-15 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award on Thursday, the NBA announced. The award is selected by the Professional Basketball Writers Association (PBWA) and is given to the player, coach or athletic trainer who demonstrates a commitment to community service. Noah founded the Noah's Arc Foundation (NAF) to help support children affected by violence. The foundation recently started its "Rock Your Drop: The Drop of Consciousness" initiative, which encourages children affected by violence to use sports and art as a creative outlet. "Joakim's initiatives to slow the violence in Chicago should inspire us all to help in our communities," PBWA president Josh Robbins said. "His creative, sustained efforts stood out in perhaps the deepest pool of worthy candidates in the 41-year history of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award." Noah received the award over finalists Tobias Harris, Greg Monroe, Chris Paul and Zach Randolph. Luol Deng won the award last season.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    LeBron James on Joakim Noah's words: 'It got very disrespectful'

    In the third quarter of Friday's 99-96 Bulls win over the Cavaliers, center Joakim Noah committed a nonshooting foul on forward LeBron James, who said after the game that Noah made an offensive personal comment after the foul, ESPN reports. "I'm a father with three kids. It got very disrespectful," James said. "I'm OK with competing against Jo. I love the competitive nature, but we should leave it there. The disrespectful words that he said to me were uncalled for." A few seconds later, James finished on a dunk when Noah was unable to get into position, and the Cavaliers forward stared down Noah and was called for a technical. "The best way to retaliate is by making a play. That's the only way I know how to resolve things is by making a play to help our team," James said. "If it was the '90s or '80s, I would've been able to say what I had to say and move on. But I got the T. And I earned it." Noah responded to James's actions with some comments and was also handed a technical. He said after the game that he had "mad respect" for James and they were just two players trying to win a game.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    NBA fines Bulls C Joakim Noah $25,000 for pushing fan

    Bulls center Joakim Noah was fined $25,000 by the NBA was pushing a fan at halftime during the Game 2 loss in Cleveland, reports USA Today. Coach Tom Thibodeau declined to comment on the fine or incident. The Bulls will face the Cavaliers on Friday. The Bulls are 2-point favorites for Game 3.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Thibodeau: I'm sticking with Joakim Noah as starter

    Bulls center Joakim Noah has been virtually invisible, particularly on offense, in the first two games of the second-round playoff series against Cleveland. But Tom Thibodeau has no plans to bench him, per the Chicago Sun-Times. Noah has just four points in the two games. He is 2-for-8 from the field and 0-for-4 from the foul line. He is averaging eight rebounds, but has been beaten consistently on the defensive glass by younger and more active Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson. It is hoped that Noah feeds off the energy of the home crowd and performs better Friday night when the series moves to Chicago for Game 3.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Bulls coach, teammate praise struggling C Joakim Noah

    Bulls center Joakim Noah took four shots and missed them all as the boos rained down upon him in Game 1 of the second-round playoffs series Monday in Cleveland. Among his misses was an easy layup. But Noah, who is still struggling with his surgically repaired knee, still has the appreciation of teammate Derrick Rose. "With Jo, he's giving us what he's got," Rose told CSNChicago.com. "He's been through a lot. For a big guy having those injuries, it takes a lot. Just his energy, his presence is a lot. He's a hell of a character, hell of a teammate and it kind of rubs off on people." Tom Thibodeau cited Noah's nine rebounds and two blocked shots in praising him. "I don't want to get lost in his scoring because it's never been a strong suit," he said. "It's all the other stuff he brings to the team. It's not the emotion, it's the activity. When he does that, he's very, very effective for us. It's how the team functions when he's on the floor. He doesn't have to shoot well to play well. It'll come around for him."

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Bulls C Joakim Noah ready to roll despite illness

    Bulls center Joakim Noah did not pick an ideal time to be ill with a second-round playoff series against Cleveland, but Tom Thibodeau told the Chicago Tribune that he worked most of Saturday practice and declared him ready to go for the Monday opener. Noah played just over 33 minutes per game in the first round against Milwaukee. He averaged 6.5 points and 11.6 rebounds per game.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Joakim Noah practices, will play for Bulls in Game One

    Bulls center Joakim Noah was a full participant in practice on Friday, and coach Tom Thibodeaux said that he would play in Game One of the team's playoff series against the Bucks, per the Chicago Tribune. Noah was originally listed as questionable with a hamstring injury that kept him out of the last two games of the regular season.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Bulls G Derrick Rose will play Wednesday; Joakim Noah held out

    Bulls guard Derrick Rose will be available to play in the season finale Wednesday against the Hawks, reports the Chicago Tribune. Rose has played in the last four games since returning from knee surgery. Coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose would play in four segments over the course of Wednesday's game. Meanwhile, the team will keep Joakim Noah sidelined Wednesday. It will be the second-straight game Noah has missed because of a hamstring issue, but he is expected to play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Noah said he tweaked the hamstring last week and it did not improve. Forward Taj Gibson will likely start in place of Noah on Wednesday. The Bulls are 6 1/2-point favorites over the Hawks.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Bulls C Joakim Noah unlikely to play Wednesday; Kirk Hinrich out

    Bulls center Joakim Noah is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Hawks, reports the team's radio play-by-play announcer. Noah missed Monday's game because of tendinitis in his hamstring. Forward Taj Gibson should see his role increase if Noah is held out. Meanwhile, guard Kirk Hinrich will miss second-straight game because of a hyperextended knee. Guard Aaron Brooks should see his minutes increase with Hinrich out. The Bulls are 2-point underdogs to the Hawks.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Bulls not worried about Joakim Noah's hamstring

    After sitting out of Monday's game to rest his hamstring, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said center Joakim Noah did not play just to be safe, reports ESPNChicago.com. Noah was experiencing tendinitis in his hamstring and he was active for the game, but did not play.