Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah Is Starting To Play To His Usual Standards

By Courtney Harden
Chicago Bulls: Joakim Noah Is Finally Playing To His All-Star Standards
Mark D. Smith – USA TODAY Sports

This season for the Chicago Bulls has been as up and down as an elevator.  Every player on the roster has been playing like a roller coaster.  Some nights the guys play with consistent effort and other nights they look dreadful.  That’s been the story of All-Star center Joakim Noah this season, but lately he looks like the Noah we are accustomed of seeing on a daily basis.

Noah is the type of player Bulls’ fans appreciate.  Opposing teams and fans don’t like the antics Noah brings to the table.  He is a guy that hustles and plays hard on every play.  He can be an antagonist and goes over the top with his play, but his teammates love that passion and toughness.  He is literally the heart and soul of the Bulls.

Just like many of the Bulls this season, Noah has struggled to get his game on track.  A lot has to do with so many injuries that have derailed this team.  Once Derrick Rose went down with another major knee injury, it deflated the Bulls, especially Noah.  Noah looks at D Rose as his little brother and the two are real tight.  That affected the whole team from the coaching staff to the players’ performance.

The poor play seems to be going away for Noah recently.  He’s back to his usual rebounding, running the floor and playing solid defense all over the court.  He is starting to get a very good rhythm back to his game.  Earlier in the season, he was trying to get back into game shape because he was out all preseason with a nagging groin injury.  Not being in shape and playing regular season games right away caused most of the slump.

The Bulls are starting to get healthier and the play is looking a lot better.  They have a long way to go, but it’s a positive sign the team is clicking.  There is plenty of hopefulness the Bulls can turn this season around and get a higher seed in the dreadful Eastern Conference.  This all starts with Noah and the energy and intangibles he brings.

Courtney Harden is a Chicago Bulls writer for Follow him on Twitter @courtney110979, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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