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Noah finishes 4th in MVP voting

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Just how far has Joakim Noah come as a Bull?

It wasn't too long ago, the center drew boo's from the United Center faithful and having teammates unanimously vote to increase a team penalty for cursing out assistant coach Ron Adams.

Those boo's are now MVP chants, which Noah heard a majority of the season when he stepped to the free throw line. He was the face of the team and his performance this season helped turnaround what was supposed to be a lost season when Derrick Rose went down with another season ending knee injury and Luol Deng was traded in early January.

Apparently, his efforts didn't go unnoticed as he finished fourth in MVP voting behind Los Angeles' Blake Griffin, Miami's LeBron James and winner, Oklahoma's Kevin Durant.

Noah received 32 third-place votes, 50 fourth-place votes and 12 fifth-place votes to finish with 322 points. Never receiving an MVP vote in his career, Noah landed on 94 of 125 ballots.

Noah averaged 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, a career-high and team-leading 5.4 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals in 80 games played during the regular season, matching the highest amount of games played in his career.

The Bulls big men is currently rehabilitating his left knee after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery last Friday.

Another team interested in Thibodeau

The Golden State Warriors fired head coach Mark Jackson and his staff on Tuesday.

According to Yahoo Sports, the Warriors will pursue several top coaching candidates and there remains a possibility that they will reach out to the Bulls for permission to interview Tom Thibodeau.

The Warriors become the second team this offseason, third total, that have been linked in trying to lure Thibodeau away from the Bulls. Thibodeau has three-years remaining on a four-year extension worth 17.5 million.

It remains unlikely that the Bulls will grant any team permission to speak with Thibodeau, who they do have high regard for, despite the league-wide perception that the rift between the coach and front office is wide enough that he can be pried away.

Bulls in the market for a new D-League team

The Memphis Grizzlies purchased the Iowa Energy on Tuesday. The Energy had been the Bulls D-League affiliate and they will likely enter in a new shared affiliate arrangement.

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