For the second straight year, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah will represent the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game.
This year’s festivities will take place Feb. 16 in New Orleans.
He’s not a huge scorer, but Noah is one of eight players in the NBA this season averaging a double-double at 11.7 points and 11.5 rebounds and his 4.2 assists per game is on pace for a career high (as are the 11.5 rebounds). His 16 rebounds Saturday night in New Orleans marked his 18th consecutive game with double figures on the boards.
Noah was humbled by the honor.
“I’m just trying to win ballgames, man,” Noah told the Chicago Tribune. “It’s an unbelievable honor to be selected. Even though it’s not my priority, it’s a good achievement and I’m proud of it.”
Kirk Hinrich, who was with the Bulls when Noah was a rookie and averaged 6.6 points and 5.6 rebounds, says Noah has come a long way from the kid out of Florida who was labeled immature.
“We knew that the talent and ability was there,” Hinrich said. “Now he’s an elite rebounder and elite passer, which is rare for a guy his size. But the main thing about Jo is that he brings it every night. The things he does for us speak volumes.”
In his first All-Star Game last year in Houston, Noah notched eight points, 10 rebounds, three assists and a block in 16 minutes.
As far as last week went, the Bulls were 1-2, losing to the Timberwolves on Monday before winning at San Antonio Wednesday and losing at New Orleans Saturday.
Chicago is currently 23-23, once again tied with Washington for fifth place in the East, and is four games ahead of the ninth-place Pistons. The Bulls trail the Central Division-leading Indiana Pacers by 13 games and are in second place.
Here is the week that was, including game reviews, some news and notes, the rookie watch, injury updates and player of the week selection, as well as a look ahead to next week’s action (all statistical information from NBA.com/Stats):