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April 04, 2006

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Njoya

(USA TODAY):Noah lived in New York until he was 3, then lived for 10 years in France, all the while developing a fondness for his family connection to Cameroon.

"It's my roots," he said. " It's a completely different culture. The people are just so positive over there, so happy. There's a lot of poverty over there, but it's crazy how it doesn't affect the people. Just happy people."

Amen to that!!!

Sietta Murray

joakim Noah is soooooooooooooooooooo SEXY!!!!Regardless to what anybody else says, i think he is the sexiest man playing college basketball! he seems to have such a positive outlook on life, I wish i knew him.

Chela Welch

I like joakim noah. He is a very down to earth kind of man. He also is the best player on the florida team, i think. He is also so so fine. I LOVE his hair. I would kill for stuff like that.

Shakira

i am deeply in love with joakim. i am only 13 but still. he is so fine. i know there is a big age difference but i would do anything to marry him. i wish i could acquaint my self with him. i would really love to meet him. his hair is so beautiful. its long and just so.. so.. lovely. if i could meet him i would tell him that he is probably the cutest guy i have ever seen. if you get a chance to read this joakim I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!! come see me in north carolina some time. parkton to be exact.

Aaron
Ambe Johnson

NOAH JOINS THE CHICAGO BULLS

By DAN MARTIN

June 29, 2007 -- Joakim Noah spent part of his youth growing up in Hell's Kitchen, practically in the shadow of Madison Square Garden. And he remained a Knicks fan - until last night.

"The Bulls used to make me cry as a kid," Noah said after he was selected by Chicago ninth overall in last night's NBA Draft - the pick the Knicks traded to the Bulls in exchange for Eddy Curry. "And how ironic is it? Now I'm wearing a Bulls hat and I've never been so happy in my life."

Despite his previous loyalties, a giddy Noah said he was nothing but ecstatic about joining his new team.

"I'm playing for an organization that I really wanted to play for," said the 6-11 center, who helped lead Florida to a pair of national championships in the last two years. "I look at the Top 10 and I feel like Chicago definitely is one of the only teams that really has a chance to be a contender to win a championship."

If that's the case, it's probably just as well he's not playing for the Knicks.

Though Noah's selection as a lottery pick did not come as a shock, to those who followed him throughout his scholastic career, his development was.

As a lanky, 3-point shooting guard at Poly Prep in Brooklyn, Noah, the son of former French Open champion Yannick Noah, did not strike the casual observer as a player who would eventually become one of the best in the nation.

"When he first came to us about six years ago, I thought he had a chance to play professionally somewhere someday," said Poly Prep head coach Bill McNally, who was with Joakim at the WaMu Theater at MSG last night. "But somebody told me recently that he's the most improved player, ever. He might be right."

Now Noah, who last night was dressed in a flamboyant white striped suit with an enormous bow tie, gets a chance to show off his skills in Chicago.

"The Chicago Bulls have a lot of tradition," Noah said. "They are a team that isn't satisfied unless they win a championship, because I think that's what the city expects."

Perhaps, but he still knows this city better. After spending a year at UNIS, a school for international students, after moving to New York from Paris, Noah moved on to Poly. Yesterday, he spent much of the afternoon wandering around midtown and partied last night in his adopted hometown.

And without the trade made by Isiah Thomas two years ago, Noah might have been able to return. That didn't happen, and he didn't mind.

"It's all sweet," Noah said. "I couldn't be happier. The situation that was just handed to me is just. . . . Thank you [Bulls GM] Mr. [John] Paxson. I used to really not like you as a player, because you used to make me cry. But thank you so much."

Leon

Noah is a fuckin cutie and me and him will be dating in the future when im famous just rememer that

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