At home with Joakim Noah

October, 21, 2010
10/21/10
5:49
PM CT
By Molly Knight
ESPNChicago.com
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Joakim Noah didn't want to talk to me, not even for five minutes.

But after weeks of negotiating with handlers who warned of his short attention span and his tendency to flake, I'm sitting in Noah's living room in an oversize armchair within the gaze of an unnamed Native American whose painting hangs above the fireplace. The 6'11" Bulls center is in his kitchen -- lovingly stocked by his mom with oils and spices and a panini press -- fixing me a sandwich and offering life advice. It's hard to shut him up.

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POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
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OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5