Joakim Noah wants to be an animal and make the city proud
This farewell is typical of Noah, who has shown on the court over the years that he wears his heart on his sleeve. His time in Chicago has been a passionate, turbulent affair with a lot of ups and some more recent downs.
At the age of thirty-one, the big man is now moving back to a place that he calls home to play for the New York Knicks, the franchise that recently acquired Noah’s long term teammate, Derrick Rose. He signed a four-year deal worth $72 million.
Phil Jackson seems determined to build a team that can win now. He wants to combine the youth and ability of Kristaps Porzingis with more experience leaders like Carmelo Anthony, Rose and Noah. Courtney Lee and Brandon Jennings have also made the move to the Big Apple, providing the team with depth.
Noah seems more delighted than anyone that he has come home during this period of Knicks basketball.
“Everybody knows there’s something special in that building, in that Garden. I’m just really proud to be able to..that jersey means everything to me and to be able to play in that building in front of my people means everything to me”, Noah said during his introductory media conference on Friday, as reported by ESPN.
“I’m not here to just get a check; I want to be an animal, I want to be animal and to make this city proud”.
It is beyond doubt that Noah will do everything in his power to help the Knicks during his time in New York.
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