Usually when Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah says something, people listen. He is not afraid to speak his mind and is very outspoken. At the Bulls’ media day, he was very honest and focused. He says with everybody coming back healthy, this could be a special year for the Bulls and that they can really do it.
The question is, do you believe him?
Noah looks to be on point with his statements. He is the emotional leader of the Bulls. He can be an irritant for opposing teams by getting in their faces and clapping. He antagonizes them constantly by pushing, shoving and talking. Some players and fans dislike him strongly, but the Bulls love the aggressiveness and energy he brings to the table. That’s what makes Joakim Noah the special player that he is.
Noah said at media day that he feels great and is 100 percent healthy. That is very good news to the Bulls’ ears. Last season, Noah was dealing with that painful plantar fasciitis in his feet again. He showed his toughness and gutted it out throughout the playoffs, and had some of his best games.
This time around, he put in extra work this offseason to get physically right. He worked out with famous surfer Laird Hamilton for most of the summer. He believes those workouts should keep him much stronger and fresher throughout the year.
Coach Tom Thibodeau has liked what he seen and heard from Noah so far. He would love to limit Noah’s minutes so that his foot pain won’t creep back and limit the All-Star center. We will have to see that to believe coach Thibs because he loves to play his starters major minutes.
If coach Thibs is serious about keeping Noah fresh throughout the season, then this will be a very special year for the Bulls. I smell a championship appearance on the horizon.