Let me be clear: I detest Joakim Noah as much as Kevin Garnett. He’s an irritant, and there’s always a Garnett-Noah dust-up whenever he’s in town. But part of me secretly loves Noah, and thinks that he would be the perfect Boston Celtic. And the perfect fit for what ails this team. He’s long, energetic, and not afraid to throw his body around. He’s gritty. His game is, in a word, ugly. His foul though is beyond that.
But there’s something about Noah that harkens back to another era.
In a weird way, Noah reminds me of….Larry Bird.
But Noah has an unbelievable work ethic, and he’s always dialed in. Doesn’t he possess Bird’s gifts? Of course not. Not even close. Does he have Bird’s basketball IQ? Sorry, different area code. But he does get the most out of what he’s got. Noah is a maximizer. He’s an optimizer. And his team is far better with him on the court.
Just look at the Bulls.
Derrick Rose has been gone in what seems like forever. And I know, Coach T. gets tons of credit for keeping this team competitive during Rose’s absence. But you know what? Coach T. doesn’t suit up and play. That’s still on the players. And when you lose an MVP, you can expect your team’s performance to take a hit.
But the Bulls have Noah, and Noah has helped keep this team in the thick of the Eastern Conference race.
So, give me Noah. Something tells me I’d love him if he were on my team.
Come on, Danny Ainge, give me a chance to find out.