New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose was recently seen working out with former All-Star teammate Joakim Noah. The two go way back as they were teammates back then with the Chicago Bulls.
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The long-time buddies were also teammates during their stint with the Knicks in 2016. Rose spent a total of nine seasons with Noah.
Noah has seen the rise and fall of Derrick Rose’s career, from him being awarded the youngest MVP in NBA history to tearing his ACL and undergoing multiple surgeries. The same goes for the point guard as the big man also garnered a lot of awards ranging from Defensive Player of the Year to multiple All-NBA Defensive team selections.
The duo went through a lot during their run with Chicago as they battled the rest of the Eastern Conference during the course of the playoffs for seven straight seasons. Together, they led the Bulls to two number one overall seeds and an Eastern Conference finals berth.
Back then, the Knicks guard penned an autobiography called “I’ll Show You“, and he details how his relationship with Noah evolved over time. He also said Noah is one of his closest teammates ever and wishes his son, PJ, to be like Joakim when he grows up.
“The closest teammate I’ve had—other than Randall in high school—was Joakim Noah, and that’s where Arthur Ashe comes in again.
A lot of people don’t mess with Joakim because they think there’s some bad shit that comes with him or just how outspoken he is or whatever. For me, I can respect that, knowing everything about him, like for him to be who he is and act the way he is.
It’s an amazing story behind it. I actually want my son PJ to grow up to be like Joakim. You know, a free spirit, a loving guy. Joakim loves people. He’s just a great role model. And his story is special.”
Noah last played in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers, he was waived in December 2020. The former Knick also announced his retirement in March of 2021.
It would be interesting to see he comes out of retirement to play with his friend Derrick Rose and the New York Knicks.