Meet Joakim Noah, a French-Swedish-American professional basketball player who plays as a forward for the Chicago Bulls of NBA. See photos, video and a biography of Joakim Noah here.
Joakim was the star of the last night Bulls 128-127 triple-overtime win over Boston Celtics. He scored just 9 points and 15 rebounds but his last basket made all the difference. The game swayed from one side to another, only to be stopped by the rising star.
“Words can’t really explain it right now, but at the same time I understand that we haven’t accomplished anything yet,” Noah said. ”I’m just really excited that we’re still alive. We were really close to death today. I feel like every game’s like that — it’s such a roller coaster — but I’m having so much fun right now. I really feel blessed to be in this situation.”
As a biography, Joakim Noah was born on February 25, 1985 in New York City so his age is 24. He is of French, Swedish, and Cameroonian descent. His father is a retired tennis player who won the French open in 1983 and his mother was the Miss Sweden in 1978.
Joakim attended the United Nations International School and then went to the University of Florida. He was an average player in his first year but then improved to become the leading scorer in his sophomore year. Noah was being called as one of best college prospects in the country during that time. He was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament’s Minneapolis Regional and later on of the Final Four.
Joakim was drafted by the Chicago Bulls as the ninth overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft. He made his debut in November 2007 and is currently the Bulls starting Center.
In the popular culture, Joakim is in-famous for his off-the-court antics. He has been arrested a couple of times, once for the possession of illegal drugs and alcohol in March 2008 and the other time for driving with a suspended license.
“Some people like me. Some people really hate me,” he said in a recent interview. “It’s been like that since I was a little kid. I don’t really know what it is, if it’s the hair or just the way I am. I just learned to live with it.”