Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah Deserves Selection To All-Star Game

By John Raffel
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Joakim Noah is trying to worry about only that which he can control: helping the Chicago Bulls win ballgames.

As for being an NBA All-Star game sub, Noah is trying not to get his hopes up too high.

Noah played a key role in the Bulls’ comeback against the Detroit Pistons for a Wednesday night 85-82 victory. He saved the ball late in the game, giving Marco Belinelli a chance to collect three points and save the day for Chicago.

“The last shot, I’m not even sure who shot the ball, but it came up short,” Noah said. “I was going out of bounds. I’m not sure it was the right thing to do. I wasn’t hitting it to anyone, just trying to keep it in play. If they get it, it may have been a transition basket. The basketball Gods were with us.”

But Noah has a kanck for being at the right place at the right time. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau certainly sees it that way.

“That was incredible. I don’t know how he got to it. It was an incredible play and then Marco making the shot and hitting the free throw. It is big time stuff. Joakim was something. He had 18 rebounds and did not come out in the 2nd half. He made great hustle plays.”

Which is why Noah deserves to be in the all-star game. But he’s not planning on getting his hopes up too high.

“It would be a great honor to be an All-Star,” Noah said. “I would love to play in the game, but I don’t have any control over that. Right now, I’m just thinking about the team, not individual things.”

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