words // Brandon Richard
When Derrick Rose went down with another knee injury in November, it looked like the Chicago Bulls would be lottery bound. Making the playoffs seemed next to impossible when the Bulls traded Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers in January. However, when you have a guy like Joakim Noah in your huddle, there’s no such thing as giving up.
Through all of the adversity, the Bulls persevered, winning 48 games and taking the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference. The anchor for all of that was Joakim Noah, your 2013-2014 Defensive Player of the Year.
Noah averaged 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals this season. Behind his play, the Bulls held teams to a league-low 91.8 points per game.
He received 100 out of 125 first place votes for the award.
Before the season, Noah entered a multi-year partnership with adidas Basketball. He spent majority of his award-winning year playing in the Crazy Ghost and Crazyquick.
It’s a good thing the Bulls seem to be at their best with their backs against the wall. They dropped Sunday’s playoff opener to the Washington Wizards at home. See what adjustments Chicago and the Defensive Player of the Year make in Game 2 tomorrow night.