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Joakim Noah was, for a brief moment Monday night, a happy man. The Bulls had just beaten the Magic, he'd put up a double-double in said win, and the weather was finally looking up after a worryingly brutal winter. Then a reporter informed Noah that it was snowing.
And Joakim Noah was no longer a happy man.
Noah for DPOY? Bulls for spoiler?
That Indiana Pacers-Miami Heat matchup in the Eastern Conference finals is looking less inevitable by the day. Not that it isn't still overwhelmingly likely, but consider: The Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday moved to 3-0 vs. Miami this season, and the Chicago Bulls on Thursday hammered the formidable Houston Rockets to make a "remember us?" statement. A lot of the latter team's recent success is due to Joakim Noah, a popular No. 3 MVP pick and possible NBA Defensive Player of the Year front-runner. What do you make of it all?
Noah wants 'Melo on Bulls
All-Star Weekend is a time for the NBA's best to socialize and schmooze, and Joakim Noah took advantage of that opportunity in a somewhat Machiavellian way. Noah told Carmelo Anthony during the break that he wanted Anthony on the Bulls, a sentiment evidently also shared by Derrick Rose, who reportedly offered to personally recruit Anthony. Playing with Noah and Rose might be a tempting opportunity for Anthony. Though he has been putting up great numbers this season and he'd stand to make much more money in New York, he's stuck on a 22-40 team that would need some kind of miracle to make the playoffs even in a weak Eastern Conference.
A sport's "unwritten rules" are generally unwritten for a reason, but for some players, they are of paramount importance. Kendrick Perkins hasn't been having the best season, but he was able to eject Bulls center Joakim Noah from the Thunder's locker room when Noah tried to visit Thabo Sefolosha. Sefolosha had visited the Bulls' locker room without incident after the Thunder's 107-95 win, but when Noah returned with him to the Thunder's den, Perkins took offense, saying, "They just let anybody in the locker room?" Noah wisely made his exit, but the two exchanged words again outside the locker room. Fortunately, nothing else transpired, otherwise this would just be sad. Right now, it's sad and hilarious.
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