Joakim Noah is an outstanding defender for the Chicago Bulls. He’s the reigning Defensive Player of the Year and the lynchpin in Tom Thibodeau’s defensive scheme.
Noah recently put some of those defensive skills on display. However, this wasn’t against NBA talent, but rather some young kids at an event for his Noah’s Arc Foundation.
Noah hilariously didn’t take it easy on the youngsters, routinely blocking shots and stealing the ball, instead of simply letting them drive to the basket without resistance.
CSN Chicago has the video:
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Noah is a good and joking mood, as his Bulls recently landed Pau Gasol, who should make them serious contenders in the Eastern Conference.
Also, one of Noah’s biggest rivals, LeBron James, left a Miami Heat team that appeared in four straight NBA Finals to play for a Cleveland Cavaliers team that won 33 games last season. Noah seemed excited to play James’ Cavs when recently asked about LeBron’s decision.
From Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago:
“Good for LeBron,” Noah said of James rejoining the Cavaliers. “I’m happy for LeBron James. He gets to go home. People are happy over there. But I really hope that we can kick his [butt] as many times as possible.”