Podcast: Noah motivated by Philly fans

July, 26, 2012
7/26/12
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By ESPNChicago.com
ESPNChicago.com
NoahJesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty ImagesJoakim Noah said the ovation he got for getting injured will not be forgotten.
The NBA releases its schedule for the 2012-13 season tonight, and it wouldn't be surprising if the first game Joakim Noah circles is the first time the Chicago Bulls visit the Philadelphia 76ers.

It was in Philly where Noah turned his ankle in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, and what many remember is the loud ovation from fans cheering the injury. Noah didn't play the rest of the series as the Bulls lost in six games.

"I was just more worried about trying to get back on the court, that hurt more not being able to play," Noah said Thursday on "The Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show" on ESPN 1000. "But I’m not going to lie, it’s extra motivation. I’m excited about going back over there."





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