Monday, Feb. 7, 2011Posted: 8:45 p.m.
By Aggrey Sam
From his unconventional backgroundthe son of a model and a tennis star-turned-rock starand less-than-acclaimed hoops pedigree, to his back-to-back championships at the University of Florida and ascent to the Bulls emotional leader and Chicago fan favorite, Joakim Noah always makes a splash. Fans see his unorthodox game and often brash comments, and make an obvious assumption: Noah is a character.
That he is, but not one without a conscience, as his community efforts and energetic, team-oriented mentality on the court display. After covering him for over a year on the Bulls beat, the complexities of his personality and development of his game have been fascinating to watch, as he has become one of the leagues top players at his position.
With his unparalleled work ethic, boundless enthusiasm and underrated knowledge of the game, Noah, is one of the franchises centerpieces. And while All-Star point guard Derrick Rose is clearly the teams most talented player, it can be argued that Noah can sometimes be considered its most valuable, especially in today's NBA, where true centerslet alone one with rare talentsare scarce. Take an inside look about Noahs journey and what makes the heart and soul of the Bulls tick.
Inside Look with Joakim Noah will air at 7:30 on CSN, immediately before the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz tip off at 8 p.m.