Joakim Noah Reflects on Bulls Career, Being Proud of Derrick Rose & Billy Donovan “Father Figure”
Noah on Bulls: “I love the organization. The organization has given me so much”
Joakim Noah was honored in Chicago this past Thursday after a nine-year career with the Bulls organization. Noah was named a team ambassador, and it was a special moment as many familiar faces were in the building. Former teammates like Kirk Hinrich, Omer Asik, Brad Miller, and more visited Noah pre-game. Others such as Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, and former coach Tom Thibodeau were on the court as part of the Knicks organization. Also present was Noah’s former college basketball coach at Florida, with whom he won two consecutive national titles, Billy Donovan, who is now the head coach of the Bulls.
Noah reflected on the evening, and he cherishes the memories and the relationships he built throughout his career.
“It felt great to spend some time with teammates that I haven’t seen in a long time. I feel like that’s what it’s all about. Being able to talk about the memories. The good times and the hard times.”
Noah was also asked about Donovan.
“Coach Donovan was obviously a father figure to me. Somebody who’s always very balanced.”