50 Facts About Joakim Noah


Joakim Simon Noah is a former professional basketball player.


Joakim Noah is a two-time NBA All-Star and was named to the All-NBA First Team in 2014 when he was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year.


Joakim Noah was born in Manhattan, to French singer and former world No 3 tennis player Yannick Joakim Noah, winner of the French Open in 1983, and Cecilia Rodhe, Miss Sweden and fourth runner-up at Miss Universe 1978.


Joakim Noah's grandfather Zacharie Noah was a Cameroonian professional football player, winner of the Coupe de France in 1961.


Joakim Noah lived in Paris, France from 1988 to 1998 and returned to New York City at age 13.


Joakim Noah played youth basketball with the youth teams of the French club Levallois Sporting Club, in Paris.


Joakim Noah played high school basketball for the United Nations International School, Poly Prep Country Day School and The Lawrenceville School.

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Joakim Noah accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida, where he played for coach Billy Donovan's Florida Gators men's basketball team from 2004 to 2007.


Joakim Noah was a member of Donovan's 2004 recruiting class, a group that included four freshmen who would have a dramatic impact on the Gators basketball program during the next three seasons.


Almost unknown at the beginning of the season, Joakim Noah's projected draft position improved over time.


Joakim Noah was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament's Minneapolis Regional after leading the Gators over top-seeded Villanova in the final game with 26 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 blocks.


Joakim Noah started off the tournament with 17 points and 12 rebounds in 24 minutes of play in a win vs the Jackson State Tigers.


Joakim Noah had a tournament high, 14 points and 14 rebounds in the Elite Eight in a win vs the Oregon Ducks.


Joakim Noah was perfect from the free throw line, making six shots on six attempts.


On November 6,2007, Joakim Noah made his regular season debut off the bench after missing the first three games with a sprained ankle.


Joakim Noah had a rocky start with his team after being given a suspension by a unanimous vote from his teammates in January 2008.


Joakim Noah played a key role in Game 6 of the 2009 Eastern Conference first-round playoff series between the Bulls and the Boston Celtics.


Joakim Noah was averaging 14 points and 11.7 rebounds in the 24 games prior to his injury.


Joakim Noah scored 7 points and had 16 rebounds in just over 24 minutes.


Joakim Noah returned to the inactive list for games 74,75 and 76.


On February 22,2012, Joakim Noah recorded his first career triple-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks.


On December 7,2012, Joakim Noah recorded his career highs of 30 points and 23 rebounds in a win against the Detroit Pistons.


On January 24,2013, Joakim Noah was named as a reserve in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, representing the Chicago Bulls alongside teammate Luol Deng.


Joakim Noah became the Bulls' first All-Star center since Artis Gilmore in 1982.


Joakim Noah played 16 minutes in the game, scoring 8 points and collecting 10 rebounds in the East's loss.

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From December 28,2013, to February 1,2014, Joakim Noah had an 18-game streak of 10 or more rebounds, averaging 13.9 rebounds during that stretch.


The streak ended on February 4,2014, in a game against the Sacramento Kings as Joakim Noah was ejected from the game after complaining due to a controversial foul call against him.


Joakim Noah erupted and verbally abused the referees, resulting in a $15,000 fine from the NBA.


On January 30,2014, Joakim Noah was named a reserve in the 2014 NBA All-Star Game for the second time in his career.


Joakim Noah finished the month of March with 120 assists, the most by an NBA center since Wilt Chamberlain had 155 in March 1968.


On June 4,2014, Joakim Noah was named to the 2014 All-NBA first team.


Joakim Noah grabbed 10 rebounds in the game, six of them offensive, thus becoming the Bulls' career leader in offensive boards, passing Horace Grant.


Joakim Noah was ruled out for four to six months after it was determined that he required surgery to stabilize his left shoulder.


On July 8,2016, Joakim Noah signed a four-year, $72 million contract with his hometown team, the New York Knicks.


On March 25,2017, Joakim Noah was suspended for 20 games without pay for violating the league's anti-drug policy.


On November 27,2017, the Knicks activated Joakim Noah and gave him his first playing time since February.


Joakim Noah entered the Knicks' contest against the Portland Trail Blazers in the second quarter and had a three-minute stint, making his only shot attempt and grabbing a rebound.


In January 2018, Joakim Noah went into exile from the Knicks after having a heated verbal altercation with coach Jeff Hornacek.


Joakim Noah, who had $38 million left on his contract, was reluctant to give up any money on the remaining two years of his deal.


The delay in waiving him was the Knicks trying to get Joakim Noah to give up more money in a buyout.


On December 4,2018, Joakim Noah signed with the Memphis Grizzlies for the remainder of the season.


On March 9,2020, Joakim Noah signed a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, and signed a multi-year contract on June 28.


In early December 2020, Joakim Noah was waived by the Clippers.


Joakim Noah holds citizenship to France, the United States and Sweden, though chose to play for the senior French national basketball team, stating that it was the country he had wanted to represent.


Joakim Noah made his first appearance for the senior French national team on July 24,2009, in a friendly match against Austria, in which he scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.

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Joakim Noah did not join the French Olympic team for the London 2012 Summer Olympics, due to a serious ankle injury that occurred during the 2012 NBA playoffs.


Joakim Noah said that he needed more time and rehabilitation work before he would be ready to play again.


Joakim Noah holds citizenship with the United States, France, and Sweden.


In 2010, with his mother, an artist, Joakim Noah founded the Joakim Noah's Arc Foundation to help engage children with positive self-expression through arts and sports.


Joakim Noah began dating Brazilian model Lais Ribeiro in July 2018.