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Joakim Noah to return Wednesday

Posted on: February 21, 2011 7:29 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2011 7:31 pm
Posted by Royce Young

The Bulls have been pretty scary in the East so far this season, putting together a 36-18 record and rising to a true contender.

And that's without even really playing with their full closet of talent. Via ESPN Chicago, coach Tom Thibodeau said in a phone interview Monday that center Joakim Noah will return Wednesday for the Bulls.

Noah hasn't played since Dec. 15 because of thumb surgery.

Without Noah, the Bulls have gone 22-8 and climbed to the top of the East. Currently, Chicago is just two games behind the Celtics for the top spot in the East.

With the return of their starting center, the Bulls will just get deeper, and better. Kurt Thomas, who has been terrific filling in, will move to a role more suited for himself -- the bench. Thomas is a great veteran to have for 20 minutes at a time, but not necessarily the answer for a legit playoff run.

With Noah, the Bulls have a formidable front line that matches up well with Boston and could overpower the Heat.

We haven't seen much of the Bulls at full strength (just two games) so there might be a bit of a feeling out period between Carlos Boozer and Noah. However, Noah's not the type of player that needs offensive touches. He basically does what Thomas does, except much, much better.

Chicago has 28 games remaining which is obviously plenty of time to continue a strong push to maybe the top seed in the East. And with the starting five finally intact, potentially towards a title too.
Category: NBA

Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 11:01 pm

Joakim Noah to return Wednesday

The trade for first round pick is shaping the front office up for a nice trade...but for who???

Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 9:14 pm

Joakim Noah to return Wednesday

To me, the return of Noah is great. Thomas is suited for the bench. But people are forgetting that it will probably take a few games to get Noah back into the flow. Remember Boozer's 1st couple games. The Bulls were terrible. But when they got used to it they've been great. Boozer and Noah have only played about 10 games together. THIS WILL TAKE TIME. The Bulls also got the Raptor's 1st round pick for James Johnson, who doesn't even play. Maybe the can get a SG to compliment the (maybe) MVP, Derrick Rose.

Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 7:35 pm

Joakim Noah to return Wednesday

I remember the days when people wanted PAX run out of town because he couldn't pull off a trade for Kobe Bryant! aaahhhhahahhaha
Now everyone loves PAX. What jokes Chi fans can be. 
PAX has done a good job, as well as Gar, piecing this team together.  We have had some rough patches but always kept it competitive.  
DENG isn't injured...? This is creepy...Keep it up Bulls the EAST is OURS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(with the help of another SG) :)

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2011 2:26 pm

Joakim Noah to return Wednesday

I heard Rose talking about Noah's return. Rose said that he is glad Noah is returning because the Bulls can run more..more fast breaks..I guess because Thomas was old and really wasnt much for the outlet and running up and down the court like Noah. Oh boy look out for the Bulls!!..Best bench in the game today..and one hell of an all around starting 5. With MVP Rose leading these guys, it would be hard for any team in the east to beat 'em in a best of 7. First time since '98 that Chicago fans have some legitimate title hopes!!

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 1:05 pm

Joakim Noah to return Wednesday

The Bulls might be the most well rounded team in the East.  Rebounding, interior defense, perimeter defense, three point shooting, low post scoring, guys that can drive to the hoop, and one of the top point guards in the game.  They will be a tough match-up for any team.

Rebounding:  Boozer, Noah, Thomas three above average board men
Interior Defense:  Noah and Thomas very strong down low defensively
Perimeter Defense:  Ron Brewer, Luol Deng, and Rose each one of them long and athletic
Three Point Shooting:  Kyle Korver is deadly
Low Post Scoring:  Boozer is one of the best offensive power forwards in the game
Guys that can drive to the hoop:  Deng and Rose with Rose being one of the best dribble penetrators that can score and dish the ball

This team is getting healthy at the right time heading toward the playoffs where they have time to enhance the team chemistry.  Boston will be tough with their team chemistry but the Bulls can push them with their youth.  The Knicks are all offense and the Heat have no interior defense or depth

Since: Aug 24, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2011 12:47 pm

Joakim Noah to return Wednesday

We played without Carlos boozer in the beginning. Then Joakim Noah went on the shelve. Then we got Boozer back, seen his value. Now we have them both in the front court and Bulls will contend for the East this year. 

Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 11:40 am

Joakim Noah to return Wednesday

Your getting me pumped man.  This can only help the team get to that next level (number 1 in the East).  I really think that with Noah we would have definitely made up that 2 game gap between us and the Celtics/Heat. I remember watching a couple games, like against the Blazers, Bobcats, Sixers, and Warriors where we were getting out hustled, rebounded and lacked toughness. If Noah was playing in those games I'm sure the outcome would have been much different.  You cant replace 14 Pts, 12 rebounds and a block a night. Its gonna be great, can't wait (Bart Scott style).

Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 10:51 am

Joakim Noah to return Wednesday

I always loved watching Noah in college. Cant wait to see his return. With his presence in the paint, its gonna take the heat off some of the other players and i think they will be much stronger. I look for the bulls to be a major player in the playoffs this year. Always good to see a strong Bulls team again. Hopefully hes 100% and ready to go.

Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 9:15 am

Joakim Noah to return Wednesday

  Real curious to see how Noah fits in right now. This Bulls team has a nice flow right now and it is possible a change could disrupt that. However Noah is a do the dirty work kind of player so he probably won't disrupt anything seeing as his game fits into any scenario. Now I wonder how much better Boozer can be with a big guy protecting the paint. I also think Rose can be more aggressive going to the rim with another option to pass to as well as Noah being a strong prescence to keep Rose from getting hammered too much. We'll see.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 9:05 am

Joakim Noah to return Wednesday

Finally we will get to see what everyone has been waiting for. The team that Pax put together. This is looking more and more like a Masterpiece for the PAX. Great job John. With Rose leading the way, Boozer and Noah should thrive down low and look for Bogans to start scoring more, along with Korver and Brewer. Deng is back to his old self. This team has the tools. They are deep, they are experienced and they are strong. Just physical enough to hang with Orlando, Big enough to hang with Miami and Boston, and fast enough to beat them all. Too fast. Too strong. Too Good. !!!!! 28 games is enough time for all to gell. A title is by no means out of the question this year!!!!

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