Chicago Bulls’ center Joakim Noah has been the one of the hottest topics in the NBA over the last few days and deservedly so.
Noah has been fantastic lately, recording two triple doubles in his last five games and leading the Bulls to victories in 11 of their last 14 games, capped by a 95-88 overtime victory over the two time defending champion Miami Heat on Sunday afternoon.
In the game, Noah had 20 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks. The fans at the United Center chanted “M-V-P!” at Noah, mostly because of his play, but also probably as a shot at Heat forward LeBron James, who has won the last two MVP awards.
Although Noah appreciates the Chicago fans, he does not like the MVP chants.
Bulls’ point guard Derrick Rose, who is out for the season with another knee injury, was the NBA MVP in the 2010-11 season.
“Because our MVP is not playing,” Noah added. “We have one MVP, and that’s Derrick Rose. And it’s not about MVPs, it’s about rings, and one day I hope that we can get one here.”
Noah is averaging 12.2 points, 11.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.5 blocks per game this season.