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NBA Midseason Awards
Wednesday , Feb , 13 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

NBA Midseason Awards

Some picks may surprise, but the decisions are in. Here are our picks for midseason NBA awards. 

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The real question is can they keep it going?

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Why Do People Hate Joakim Noah?
Saturday , Dec , 08 , 2012 Paul Eide

Why Do People Hate Joakim Noah?

On Friday, Joakim Noah anchored a win over the Detroit Pistons with a 30 point, 23 rebound performance.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: No Matter what he does on the floor, he will still be as hated as any player in the league.

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Derrick Rose’s Bulls is not “one player away” from winning it all.
Monday , Sep , 05 , 2011 J.N.

Derrick Rose’s Bulls is not “one player away” from winning it all.

Who said that Derrick Rose’s Chicago Bulls were one player away from winning the title? Anyone saying this over and over again is wrong. What makes you think this? What makes you feel this? The Bulls lack a quality shooting guard. That is true, but that does not make them just one player away. When was the last time this was said about another team? Did LeBron in Cleveland need one more player? What about Dirk’s team or Kobe when the Lakers got Pau?

 

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Wednesday , Aug , 10 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Greivis Vasquez: Marc Gasol will be better than Dwight Howard

Yes. Marc Gasol is a very key player on our team. He’s one of the best centers in the league and will end up being the best center in the NBA in 2-3 years.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: There’s having a teammate’s back. Then there's stretching the truth for a teammate.

How do view Greivis Vasquez’s comment that fellow Memphis Grizzly Marc Gasol will soon be the NBA’s best center?

The younger Gasol has made strides. He’s already a top-ten center and, as the second half and playoff showed, there’s room for further growth.  

Could he honestly become the NBA’s best center?

Suppose Gasol reaches his potential. The Spaniard still wouldn't top the Olando Magic’s Dwight Howard, who is seen as ‘The Man in the Middle’.

Grizz’ executive Christopher Wallace (not that Christopher Wallace as my esteemed editor jokes) would take Howard over Gasol if given the choice.

Privately, behind closed doors, the Notorious GM (again, hat tip to my editor) would surely go with the rebounding champion.

Would Wallace take Gasol over Andrew Bynum, Al Horford, Nene, and Joakim Noah? How about the next group of fives with Andrew Bogut, Al Jefferson, Brook Lopez, and Emeka Okafor?

Howard and Bynum aside, Vasquez could argue Gasol is equal to or better than any of these players. There'd be a counter argument, though.

Vasquez is stretching the truth to suggest Gasol would ever be superior to Howard. At least his hyperbole is for a good cause: a teammate.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , May , 28 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Scottie Pippen: Bulls lost because of Boozer and Noah

"You can't have two of your top high-paid players sitting on the bench in the fourth quarter," Pippen said. "And that isn't just last night's game. We have seen this the whole season. So for us to think the Bulls are going to go farther when your high-priced players are not going to carry you and finish games for you ... you're not talking about a championship team.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: One day after comparing LeBron James to Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen went at Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah.

The Hall of Fame three-man blamed this duo for the Bulls loss to the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, saying that no team wins a championship with their second and third best players on the bench during the fourth quarter.

Pippen is right. However, Noah is still young and gets a partial mulligan on his uneven play.

The real issue is Boozer. Last summer, he signed a $75 million extension to be Derrick Rose’s running mate. The four-man was expected to be a second-in-command, a co-capo if you will.

Boozer has been a disappointment. Sure, he was injured for much of the season, but the real problem is that the Bulls offense revolves around Rose.

And for the Bulls to get past Miami in 2012, they need more from Boozer. Or they’ll have to find a new second star.

--Oly Sandor.
 
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Monday , May , 23 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Joakim Noah yells anti-gay slur at Heat fan

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Joakim Noah has to be better than this.

The Chicago Bulls post screamed an anti-gay slur at Miami Heat fans after getting into foul trouble in the first half.

To be fair, Noah apologized, saying he got ‘caught up’. He seemed genuine, but the NBA will levy a massive fine –and rightfully so.

Noah can’t yell at fans. And Noah can’t yell anti-gay slurs at fans.

Not after Kobe Bryant’s slip-up. Not after a Phoenix Suns executive recently came out. Not with the league running public service announcements denouncing homophobia at the Heat-Bulls game.

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--Oly Sandor.

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2011 Eastern Finals – Bulls vs. Heat – Sh*t is real
Wednesday , May , 18 , 2011 J.N.

2011 Eastern Finals – Bulls vs. Heat – Sh*t is real

Game 1 is in the books. The Chicago Bulls woke up a lot of critics, 103-82. Led by Derrick Rose's 28 points and 6 assists, his performance was fine considering that he out dueled Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Both men did not even dial in 20 points, but Chris Bosh poured in 30 points. Miami's supporting cast could not get anything going as usual. However, the talk of the night belongs to Taj Gibson's dunks. One was on Dwyane Wade. The other one, which was a nasty put back, probably destroyed a planet somewhere. Lawd have mercy, things got nasty. Heat fans and critics were shocked. Don't be. They have been doing the business all season.

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Sunday , May , 15 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Joakim Noah: Chris Bosh wasn`t serious about Bulls

The Bulls center huddled with Chris Bosh inside Chicago's Trump International Hotel and Tower over the summer without any preconceived notions. He simply wanted the guy sitting across from him at Sixteen restaurant to show a fire and passion about joining the Bulls.

Bosh didn't. "He was a nice guy and all,'' Noah said of his recruitment of Bosh during the free-agent frenzy. "But Bosh was more into, 'Well it depends on what this guy does, what that guy does.'''

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Of course, Chris Bosh wasn’t serious about the Chicago Bulls.

The fix was in. It had been for years.

Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade knew they were signing with the Miami Heat last summer. They knew this since the Beijing Olympics, where they bonded as teammates.

Free agency was a charade. James and Wade’s recent comments about coming to Chicago should be taken with a grain of salt.

If James was serious about Chicago he’d have responded to Derrick Rose’s texts, where the table-setter tried welcoming him.

He didn’t, though. James knew what he was going to do: he was `taking his talent to South Beach’.

Fair enough. This was James` right as free agent. Same with Bosh and Wade.

They could pick where they played and with who. The problem was how –as in how they, specifically Bosh and James, handled the situation.

Bottom line: this is old news. The Heat has their Three Kings. The Bulls have Rose and a superb supporting cast.

As a result, fans should get an excellent Eastern Conference Finals.

--Oly Sandor.

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Against Heat, Bulls Front Court Needs To Produce
Friday , May , 13 , 2011 Paul Eide

Against Heat, Bulls Front Court Needs To Produce

 

 
Carlos Boozer has taken a lot of “heat” over the past couple weeks for his lack of production. But of all the injuries to play with turf toe is not something minor; though because it’s a toe injury (you have nine other ones that can carry the load, right?) it’s not seen as limiting as say a knee injury, or the shoulder injury Boozer dealt with earlier in the season.
 
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Friday , Apr , 22 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Joakim Noah: Derrick Rose is the NBA’s best closer

“We have the best closer in the world,” said Joakim Noah, who had 11 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. “Everybody knows it. They know it. We know it. Their coach knows it. They all say it. They have no problems saying it. We all know it. That gives you confidence for your team.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Derrick Rose is many things.

He’s currently the game’s best point-guard. He’ll most likely win Most Valuable Player. He’s also the up-and-coming face of the league.
 
However, Rose isn’t the NBA’s top closer. Not yet at least. Not until he leads his Chicago Bulls to an NBA championship and hoists the Larry O’Brien trophy.
 
To be fair, this isn’t on Rose.
 
He has only played three seasons and hasn’t had an opportunity to lead his squad deep into the playoffs.
 
And he wasn’t bragging about being ‘The Man’ with the game on-line. It was teammate Joakim Noah, who has had a front row seat for his heroics all year.
 
For now, the NBA’s best closers are still Kobe Bryant, Paul Pierce, and Dwyane Wade. They have the experience. They have the championships.
 
Of course, this could all change for Rose –and soon. His legend grows with every clutch basket against the Indiana Pacers.
 
--Oly Sandor.

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Why Does Everyone Hate Joakim Noah?
Monday , Mar , 07 , 2011 Paul Eide

Why Does Everyone Hate Joakim Noah?

 

On Sunday while watching the Bulls squeak out a one point win in Miami vs. the Heat it occurred to me just how hated Joakim Noah is. Every time he went to the free throw line to attempt a foul shot he was booed voraciously. And it wasn’t as if he was attempting a couple of game winners; the level of apparent hate stayed the same whether it was with just under ten minutes in the first quarter, or late in the second half. To be this hated in the same state where he was the anchor on a Florida Gators team that won back to back NCAA basketball championships is pretty remarkable.
 
2010-2011 Top Stat Centers pt. 2
Saturday , Dec , 04 , 2010 J.N.

2010-2011 Top Stat Centers pt. 2

A team still needs a good quality big to win a title unless you’re Michael Jordan. They’re a hard commodity to come by. Consider nabbing these towers of power. Hold them ransom for trades. There are not many good big men left in today’s era so their value is twice as high. Will we ever see a Hakeem Olajuwon type center ever again? If you do, take him no matter what over the point guards. Stats as of December 3, 2010.

 

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Thursday , Nov , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Joakim Noah on Kevin Garnett: ‘I don’t like him’

Bulls center Joakim Noah has made it clear that he dislikes Celtics forward Kevin Garnett.

"Kevin Garnett will not -- will not -- get a Christmas gift from me," Noah said Wednesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "I don't like him."

The feud started during last season's playoffs.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: There’s little love lost between Joakim Noah and Kevin Garnett. In fact, there’s none whatsoever.

By publicly calling out Garnett, Noah is supporting fellow New Yorker and friend Charlie Villanueva, who was embroiled in a nasty tweet off with The Big Ticket last week.

Of course, there’s more to it. These two are rivals.

Noah’s Bulls are an up-and-coming squad expected to challenge established contenders. Garnett’s Celtics are the reigning Eastern Conference champions.

Noah and Garnett have much in common: they both are defensive anchors; they both are known league-wide as tough guys; and they both have never shied away from talking a little smack.

However, Noah is developing into a blue-collar star, while Garnett – a former MVP and perennial All-Star – is the downside of his career.

Noah’s comments are a case of him, the student, challenging Garnett, the master.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Oct , 04 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Noah and Bulls agree on five-year, $60 million extension

The Bulls have agreed to terms on a contract extension with Joakim Noah, a team source confirmed. The deal is expected to be in the neighborhood of $60 million over five years.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call:
The Chicago Bulls have their blue-collar star. For an additional six seasons. 

Love him or hate him, Jaokim Noah is an All-World role player. He bangs. He defends. He rebounds. Best of all, he’s fearless.

For instance, last year, he scored major points for stepping to LeBron James, who was acting like the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Bulls was an episode of Soul Train.

The term and money is fair. Noah probably could have gotten more as an unrestricted free agent on the open market.

Then again, things could change next July when the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires. A new, stricter system will surely be implemented.

So Noah and the Bulls opted for the middle ground. This makes sense when considering the potential of this young team.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Sep , 12 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Would Carmelo Anthony’s talent wreck Chicago Bulls’ chemistry?

The Chicago Bulls are interested in trading for the Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony, a league source told ESPNChicago.com on Thursday.

And while the source said that the team is holding internal discussions as to whether the Bulls would allow Joakim Noah to be part of any deal, Chicago has not reached a consensus. Another source close to the situation told ESPNChicago.com's Nick Friedell that Noah would not be part of an Anthony deal.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Chemistry trumps talent.

The Chicago Bulls should remember this theory when pursuing disgruntled Denver Nuggets’ star Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony is talented. He’s a natural scorer, capable of dropping 25 points on opposing defences while barely breaking a sweat. And his panache, and style is marketable.

Adding a dominant player and personality like Anthony is also a risk. His need for touches and shots changes the chemistry and dynamics of any team he suits up for.

For instance, the Nuggets may hold out for Joakim Noah as compensation for Anthony. Losing Noah, their defensive anchor and gritty post, would change the Bulls’ identity.

Then there’s Carlos Boozer. Anthony’s score-first approach would impact Boozer, the club’s free agent signing this summer. Boozer is no longer a blue-collar big –like when he suited up for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Like Anthony, he needs touches and shots.

Of course, the Bulls are Derrick Rose’s team. He’s the franchise face and first option. Initially, Anthony would have to defer to the third year point guard.

Is this something he would do? Is this something he can do?

Anthony has always been The Man. He might be reluctant to play second fiddle –even if it meant a long-term extension, playing in a major market, and suiting up for a competitive team.

So the Bulls are interested in Anthony’s talent. Fair enough. They should consider if he`s worth altering, or compromising, their chemistry.

--Oly Sandor.


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Saturday , Sep , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Joakim Noah and Chicago Bulls close on extension?

After chatter kicked up on Thursday that the Bulls could include Joakim Noah in a possible deal for Carmelo Anthony, ESPN.com's Marc Stein provided some updates on Friday morning.

"Be advised that the Bulls are actually working on something else Noah-related: Getting him locked in for the long term with a contract extension," Stein wrote.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He’s the second coming of super-utility man Horace Grant, so the Chicago Bulls must re-sign Joakim Noah.

Like Grant, Noah does the little things. He rebounds. He defends. He blocks shots. Best of all, he’s nasty.
 
Last year, during a blow-out loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Noah took exception to LeBron James turning Quicken Loans Arena into Soul Train with his celebratory dance moves.

So he stepped up.

From the bench, Noah challenged James for his lack of respect. Words were exchanged. The two had to be separated.

Such guts are rare. James is an elite player; a superstar who sits atop the NBA pyramid. Noah still spoke up, earning the respect of teammates and former coach Vinny Del Negro.

Noah will blossom under defensive guru Tom Thibodeau. The first-year sideline boss will use the power forward as a defensive anchor, while encouraging him to contribute on the offensive end.     

First, however, the Bulls and Noah must agree on an extension. Or, like Grant, he could eventually leave as a free agent.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Aug , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Dwyane Wade on not signing with Bulls: ‘it had nothing to do with Chicago’

"Whatever jersey I'm wearing, I'm still here," Wade said. "I'm still in the community, I think I'm doing something impactful and bigger than the game of basketball. It had nothing to do with Chicago. It had nothing to do with the Chicago Bulls. It had everything to do with Miami and what we had a chance to do down there."

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, and the Chicago Bulls would've been nice; however, Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and the Miami Heat is better -at least for Dwyane Wade.

So the superstar said thanks, but no thanks to his hometown. This is just another storyline in the developing rivalry between Chicago and Miami.

Both clubs competed for big-ticket free agents this summer. Miami won the battle landing the Three Kings, but Chicago with Carlos Boozer, Noah, and Rose could still win the war for Eastern Conference supremacy.

And Bulls fans will have plenty of chances to heckle Wade for picking Miami over his native Chicago.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Aug , 09 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Chicago Bulls must keep Joakim Noah

Bulls center Joakim Noah wants a long-term deal with the team and hopes to have one in place by the start of the season. Noah says his agent, Donald Dell, has already begun discussing a possible contract extension with Chicago general manager Gar Forman.

"Of course that's the goal," Noah said. "I'm not really worried about it. I think everything's going to happen with time and at the end of the day, I'm really excited about the upcoming season."

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The Chicago Bulls must re-sign Joakim Noah.
 
Noah is the type of player championship teams need. He rebounds. He defends. He gets loose balls. And he even steps to a certain superstar for treating games like an episode of Soul Train
 
Of course, the Bulls can't overpay Noah, especially when the next Collective Bargaining Agreement will reduce salaries and give teams greater leverage and power over free agents.
 
The club learned this the hard way, giving Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich star salaries when they're just good players.
 
Noah, however, is different. He's a legit blue-collar star, the second-coming of Horace Grant.
 
Unlike Grant, the Bulls can't let Noah leave.
 
--Oly Sandor.
 
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Derrick Rose’s Bulls featuring Carlos Boozer as the Chicago Jazz. Top 3 squad in the East?
Wednesday , Aug , 04 , 2010 J.N.

Derrick Rose’s Bulls featuring Carlos Boozer as the Chicago Jazz. Top 3 squad in the East?

The Bulls finally have an official legit All Star power forward. Carlos Boozer is the team’s best “back to the basket” low post scorer since Michael Jordan. That’s tragic because the drought has been 12 years. Chicago has been starving for low post stud and here he is. We still do not know Derrick Rose’s potential and the severity of Joakim Noah’s foot problems. Overall, The Bulls definitely made an answer in the 2010 offseason.

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Saturday , Jul , 31 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Should Chicago roll the dice on Rudy?

From what I've heard it's in Portland's hands now for what they want. I've heard the Bulls have a pretty good shot, but nothing matters until it's done. Let's not overstate Fernandez, who always has sounded better than he has performed. But he'd be an excellent addition, and as I wrote Monday the No. 1 guy I'd still pursue.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: They're already contenders, so why risk it?

The Chicago Bulls have had a terrific summer, signing Ronnie Brewer, Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver, Kurt Thomas, and CJ Watson. The six-time world champions already had Luol Deng, Taj Gibson, Joakim Noah, and Derrick Rose.  

These new additions plus the old nucleus should position the club to compete in the Eastern Conference. Adding the wrong piece - like a talented but temperamental perimeter player - could be disastrous, though.

Why roll the dice on Rudy Fernandez, who performed and pouted through two up-and-down seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers?

Fernandez, a star in Europe, couldn't handle sitting behind All-Star Brandon Roy. It didn't matter that he was a key reserve on a promising squad. And it didn't matter that he was in a terrific market, either.

There wasn't enough shine in Portland, which led to Fernandez recently taking his trade requests public, something European publications had hinted at for months.

Chicago must tread carefully with Fernandez. The Spanish swing's athleticism and shooting could fit; however, he may struggle as a blending piece behind Boozer and Rose.

Unfortunately, they may not have a choice. The Eastern Conference is in arms-race mode, with the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, and Orlando Magic outdoing each other with signings and trades.

To keep pace in the Eastern Conference, to have any chance of advancing to the NBA Finals, Chicago will have to take the risk and acquire Fernandez.

He better make it worth their while.

--Oly Sandor.

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