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Monday, December 28th, 2009 at 10:30 am  |  29 responses

The Joakim Noah All-Star Push Has Begun

Noah’s played so well this year that his bid for a spot on the All-Star team has to be taken seriously: “How much of a long shot was Noah? He wasn’t even among the five Bulls listed on the official NBA ballot. But two months into the season, no one is laughing when the subject of Noah possibly being an All-Star is brought up now. The 6-11 center has been one of the few bright spots for the Bulls, averaging 10.5 points and 12.4 rebounds (third-best in the NBA). ‘He’s been strong,’ Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said. ‘He’s one of the top rebounders in the league with his energy and his length. He’s around that basket, and he’s been pretty consistent the whole year.’ After Noah had 17 points and 18 rebounds in the Bulls’ 96-85 victory over the New Orleans Hornets, Del Negro was asked if he would begin pushing Noah for the All-Star Game. ‘No question,’ Del Negro said. ‘Everyone will talk about his rebounding, but he’s made strides with his offense. He works hard. He puts the time in. He’s building on that, working before practice, after, after shootarounds. When you work at things, you usually get better and he’s seeing that. He’s gaining confidence with that.”’

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  • http://www.twitter.com/notebooknick thesubwayconnection

    Al Horford’s been better.

  • http://www.in-n-outnba.blogspot.com In-N-Out Lucas

    He deserves it. Noah does deserve it since if you look at the East, Dwight Howard then what? Shaq? Give it to Noah.

  • T Money

    As terrible as the Bulls have been? Not a chance.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dominicderose dlouis

    Lets not forget Noah also leads the league in hair length and primal screams.

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    Noah? He’s doing great, but I would choose Brook Lopez before him. I haven’t seen the All-Star Ballot yet because I think it’s insane to even vote before January, but besides Derrick Rose and Luol Deng, who are the other 3 Bulls on it? Thomas? Salmons? Hinrich?

  • Benny The Bull

    I love reading/hearing about stuff like this – this guy is a warrior!

    In just 2 years Joakim has transformed himself from a big gangly oaf into one of the most improved and hardworking players in the NBA. It’s a great story already, but he is still only 24, and will continue to get better and improve. Go Joakim !!!

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    One campaign at a time chi town. Lets get vinny fired first.

  • NAS

    I thought this was a joke – Joakim Noah for what?

  • http://www.yahoo.com Logues

    kevin loves numbers are better even tho he hasnt played as many games cuz of injury,too bad he plays in the west. noah is not an all star, at all

  • derrick

    due to the lack of centers yeah he deserves some all star love but will not get in. shaq and lopez will be in the game before him.

  • Hoodsnake

    Joakim NO-ah

  • slamfan4life

    he deserves it, what other center besides Dwight has been beastin’? Horfords solid and always has been, but Noah is BEASTIN MAYNE!!!!!!!!VOTE FOR NOAH

  • spit hot fiyah

    hasn’t bogut been better, he’s ballin’ out like every time i watch the bux

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    look, guys like Noah and Perkins are VERY usefull to ANY TEAM, I for one would love any of them on my team, now even more without Oden and Pryzbilla for the year…BUT THEYRE NOT ALLSTARS.

  • LA Huey

    I like Noah but on an elite team, he’s a 6th man. Perk > Noah, Horford > Noah

  • ab_40

    noah is like anderson varejo these guys arn’t all stars they are hustle players and hustle players get what they deserve. love from the home crowd and a nice pay check that’s it. he’s not an all star be real. and I’d rather pay money to see shaq in an ASG then joakim noah. he’d probably get a tech or something and injure a player in practice

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Is it really that cut and dry like you all are saying????
    Lopez: 19ppg on 48%, 9.7rpg, 2 apg, 2 blocks.
    Bogut: 15.6ppg on 47%, 10rpg, 2 apg, 2 blocks
    Noah: 10.5ppg on 47%, 12.4rpg, 2.4 apg, 2 blocks
    Horford: 14ppg on 57%, 10rpg, 2 pg, 1.4 blocks
    Perkins: 12ppg on 64%, 7.8rpg, 1 apg, 2 blocks
    I mean, honestly, one can make an argument that anyone of these statlines are superior to the next. They all look -relatively- even to me. Some say that Horford and Perkins deserve a nod for their teams with superior records, others would say the former free deserve nods because of more responsibility for there team. This is really a toughie and I’m not going to pretend I can tell you which one deserves it over the other (hint: Brook Lopez does)

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Oh, and from a Cleveland fan, anyone who is dumb enough to say Shaq… take a look:
    Shaq: 10.3ppg on 50%, 7rpg, 1.5apg, 1 block
    And yes, he is worse than his stats show.

  • Dfrance

    There is no way Shaq should get a spot on the All-Star team. It HAS to go to Lopez, it just has to.

  • http://www.cracked.com litetitan

    As a coach your either going to pick Lopez for his superior numbers, Shaq because he makes allstar weekends fun (albeit by trying to take over everything) or Bogut because he’s living some surrealist fairytale and this should be the weirdly evolving new chapter in that book (he’s one of the truly funny men in the NBA).

  • WOODY

    I think Shaq’s a shoe in for entertainment value and because he’s last year’s MVP. Coaches can pick a third center if they want to, but Shaq’s still a player for short minutes.

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    Noah’s playing OK (personally I would like to have either Bogut or Horford in), but the fact that the bulls are just playing HORRIBLE basketball right now, the league should just ban any of their players from entering any all-star event. The unjust cruelty they’ve visited upon their fans and bball fans in general is inexcusable. Same goes for the nets too.

  • http://www.twitter.com/PDXGayBball dma

    lopez can’t go purely based on the nets’ craptastic record.

  • L

    Noah has the ugliest shot ever. Bogut or Horford deserve more to be all stars and i’m french… L

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Um, based on RECENT play, I’d choose even Zach Randolph over Noah. I know different position different conference but still.

  • Yann Blavec’s wife’s husband

    Zach Randolph is an all star this year, monta ellis too

  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    DAVID LEE

  • don

    i’d give the spot to horford!!!!

    noah is too pretty.

  • al

    Marc Gasol to the All Star

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