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Charles Barkley calls out Joakim Noah for effort

Posted on: January 18, 2012 6:22 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver joakim-noah-chi

The Round Mound of Mouth strikes again.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that TNT commentator Charles Barkley singled out Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah as his latest victim this week, following a 2-point, 5-rebound performance in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.
‘‘His energy level is not the same,” Barkley said. “I have loved how hard he has worked, but he has not played up to his capabilities this year. Even though Chicago has a great record, he has not played like he has played the last couple of years.’’
Noah's raw stats are down across the board so far this season. In 16 games, he's averaging 7.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.1 block and .6 steals per game. All of those numbers are down from 2010-2011, when he put up 11.7 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steals per game.

Of course, Noah played 32.8 minutes per game last season while he is so far logging just 26.6 minutes per game in 2011-2012. He's been benched for the entire fourth quarter multiple times, something you rarely see with a player who has established a reputation as an elite defensive player and rebounder. Reserve center Omer Asik, meanwhile, has seen his playing time up from 12.1 minutes per game last season to 17.4 minutes per game.

Has Noah's productivity dip meaningfully affected Chicago to this point? It certainly doesn't seem like it.

The 13-3 Bulls sit atop the Eastern Conference, boasting the league's second best defense and best rebounding rate. In both metrics, they are posting better numbers than they did last season. Offensively, Chicago is currently ranked No. 7 in the NBA, up from last season's No. 12 ranking. 

While Bulls fans have expressed disappointment with his play to this point, Noah's per-minute production this year is roughly the same as last year when it comes to rebounds, steals and blocks, the statistics we most often associate with "energy" when it comes to evaluating big men.

The major difference in Noah's numbers is actually his shooting, where he's significantly worse. Indeed, Noah is shooting just 41.2 percent from the field, his worst mark in his five years as a pro and more than 10 percent below his 52.5 percent shooting last season. His bread-and-butter paint scoring accounts for that slippage: he's shooting worse at the rim (47.1 percent, down from 61.7 percent) and from 3-9 feet (26.3 percent, down from 38.5 percent), according to HoopData.com.

As of Wednesday, the Bulls were the only team in the NBA that has played 16 games so far this season. That Noah's minutes and shooting numbers are down so significantly without it impacting Chicago's won/loss record is a quintessential example of a "good problem to have" during this lockout-shortened season. Having a capable reserve in Asik to cover for Noah when he struggles is an absolute luxury.

The Bulls will need more from Noah as the season progresses, particularly in the playoffs, but this critique is a classic nitpicking of a solid all-around team rather than any kind of a crisis. Noah's track record as a worker shouldn't be overshadowed by a slow start.

Hat tip: Pro Basketball Talk
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Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:24 am
 

Charles Barkley calls out Joakim Noah for effort

Regardless what Barkley says, Noah is playing terrible that's a fact.  He's missing point blank layups at times!  How does a 6'11/7'0 guy not dunk the ball EVERY single time standing under the basket...i don't understand.  He needs to play angry under the basket, nothing less than a dunk.

I would rather him play bad and the Bulls still win then play well and the Bulls lose. Lol 



Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: January 19, 2012 9:25 am
 

Charles Barkley calls out Joakim Noah for effort

Charles Barkley's era of basketball is over! Just keep making weight watchers commercials!



Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 12:01 am
 

Charles Barkley calls out Joakim Noah for effort

You hit the nail on the head Vargas. I don't know how these writers are hired by CBS sports to write articles when they clearly interject their ridiculous opinions into the storyline right from the start. They mold the story around their opinions and perspectives first, rather than tell the story first and comment second. CBS's journalism standards have clearly fallen the past couple of years.


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Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:35 pm
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Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:53 pm
 

Charles Barkley calls out Joakim Noah for effort

 I gotta agree with you Vargas. I read the article, waiting for Golliver to pinpoint where "the round mound of mouth" was wrong in his opinion , and I couldn't locate it. Kinda trashy that he started the article with an insult hurled at Barkley, considering his analysis was more or less spot on. It's funny how second tier writers like this guy are quick to trash the opinion of one of the games greats so quickly. Barkley has said some stupid ish over the years, granted, but let's not forget that he knows his basketball. If he's going to go out of his way to call out Barkley for being wrong, he should at least check his own stats and make sure they corroborate his story, and clearly they don't. FAIL



Since: Jun 19, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:09 pm
 

Charles Barkley calls out Joakim Noah for effort

What a poor article this is. First it begins with a cheap shot at Barkley, 'the round mound of mouth', then manipulates the statistics so poorly that a ten year old can see the math doesn't add up. His playing time has gone down by 19%, 32.8 minutes to 26.6, yet his blocks have fallen by 27% (1.5 to 1.1), his steals have dropped by 40% (1.0 to 0.6) and his scoring by 40%, only his rebounds have remained similar, droppping by 21%. Is that 'roughly the same' minute production as last year?
 So let's check the Barkley quote again: '‘‘His energy level is not the same,” Barkley said. “I have loved how hard he has worked, but he has not played up to his capabilities this year. Even though Chicago has a great record, he has not played like he has played the last couple of years.’’ So part one of that quote seems completely fair, his numbers are down across the board, including those energy gauging numbers of blocks and steals, so Charles is right. The second part of the quote suggests the Bulls are still getting the results, obviously correct, and Golliver himself shows Charles is right:
 "The 13-3 Bulls sit atop the Eastern Conference, boasting the league's second best defense and best rebounding rate. In both metrics, they are posting better numbers than they did last season. Offensively, Chicago is currently ranked No. 7 in the NBA, up from last season's No. 12 ranking. "
Golliver prefaces this with "Has Noah's productivity dip meaningfully affected Chicago to this point? It certainly doesn't seem like it." Well Barkley says that too, ' Even though Chicago has a great record'.
So where is the article? Barkley is correct, but Golliver mocks him and manipulates the stats. Barkley isn't always correct, but he is this time. Golliver learn some real journalism, rather than this cheap garbage.




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