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Bulls’ Noah named All-Star reserve again

Joakim Noah named All-Star reserve
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For the second year in a row, Bulls’ Center, Joakim Noah, was added to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team as a reserve. The heart and soul of the team is very deserving of it too.

He was selected by the coaches based on the stellar month he had last month, in which he averaged 13.6 points, 14.1 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 1.9 blocks per game, while helping the team to a .500 record after going 11-4. The University of Florida Center has a streak of 17 straight games with double digit rebounds.

I’m just happy, man. I’m really happy, Noah said from a conference call Thursday night with reporters. “I’m not going to take any of these experiences for granted. I feel so blessed and really thankful.”

He struggled at the start of the year because he was hurt during training camp with a sore hamstring and only played in one game. He is currently averaging 11.7 points, 11.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 steals per game.

I think he’s grown quite a bit. I think his playmaking has been incredible, but his defense has always been there. His rebounding has always been there, but he’s much more of a complete player now, Bulls coach, Tom Thibodeau said. “I think he’s gotten comfortable. The thing that I like right now, probably the biggest improvement has been his quick decision making.“

Noah has had to take on more of a leadership role this season because of the season ending injury to Derrick Rose, and the trade last month of Luol Deng. Hopefully his heart, hustle, and continued great play, gets him even more all-star nods in the future.