Joakim Noah selected to second NBA All-Star Game
For the second time in his career, the Bulls' Joakim Noah will be an Eastern Conference All-Star.
"It's an unbelievable honor to be selected," Noah said via the Chicago Tribune. "Even though it's not my priority, it's a good achievement and I'm proud of it.
Noah is averaging 11.7 points per game and 11.4 rebounds per game this season, up from his career average of 9.6 and 9.3 respectively.
Chicago's star center is one of only eight NBA players averaging a double-double this season. Noah extended his career-long streak of double-digit rebounding games to 17 following a 96-86 win over the Spurs Wednesday.
"The things he does for us speaks volumes," teammate Kirk Hinrich said.
Although Noah is proud of the individual accomplishment, the former Florida Gator wants the focus to be on winning. This claim is evidenced by a remark he made earlier this month when being asked about fans who want the team to tank for a higher draft pick.
"What do I say to those fans?" Noah told ESPNChicago.com. "I don't say nothing to those fans. It's all good. You're allowed to have your opinion. It's just, that's not a real fan to me. You know what I'm saying? You want your team to lose? What is that? But it's all good."
Winning and his team mean everything to Noah. After days of media silence following the Luol Deng trade, Noah finally opened up with an emotional response.
I couldn't think of a better player to produce hustle plays and grab rebounds among the association's best.
The 63rd NBA All-Star Game will be played at the New Orleans Arena on Sunday, Feb. 16 on TNT.