Joakim Noah Named NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Joakim Noah Named NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Joakim Noah Named NBA Defensive Player of the Year

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.

Joakim Noah wearing adidas Crazy Ghost

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adidas Signs Joakim Noah

adidas Signs Joakim Noah

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via Press Release

This week, adidas announced a new partnership with All-Star center Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls.

Noah joins an adidas Basketball roster which already includes teammate Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Damian Lillard and Tim Duncan.

The new partnership makes Noah the seventh current member of the Chicago Bulls to sign with adidas, including Rose, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, Marquis Teague, Tony Snell and Erik Murphy.

“Joakim has demonstrated the work ethic, passion and attitude that make him a perfect fit for the adidas brand,” said Chris Grancio, adidas Head of Global Basketball Sports Marketing. “When you watch him play, his competitiveness and love of the game is contagious on the court and we’re excited to partner with him as he enters the prime of his career.”

This season, Noah will be featured in a variety of marketing initiatives and will play a role in the development of basketball footwear and apparel.

adidas Signs Joakim Noah