Joakim Noah decides to retire

According to Charania, the 36-year-old center would like to say goodbye to the Bulls, his franchise for nine seasons and with which he managed to be the NBA Defender of the Year.


Shams Charania (The Athletic) announced this Monday that Joakim Noah would have decided to put an end to his sports career. The pivot, son of French tennis legend Yannick Noah, does so after 13 seasons in the NBA although his wish, according to Charania, is to say goodbye to the Chicago Bulls, his franchise for nine years.In addition to the Illinois team, Noah also played for the New York Knicks, Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers, with whom he signed a ten-day contract before the season was suspended due to COVID-19. In December 2020, the Angelina franchise cut him off and since then, the 36-year-old center has been meditating his retirement.

The Bulls selected him in the 2007 draft (9th place). Defensive player of the 2013-14 season, he played two All Star Games (2013 and 2014) and finished in the ideal team of the season in 2014. His career in recent years has been marked by injuries (he broke his Achilles tendon ), to which is added a sanction for doping in 2017 (Noah did not know that a drug contained a substance prohibited in the NBA) .

In addition, he played the 2011 Eurobasket with France, in which his team won the silver after losing in the final to Spain. Noah was nationalized in 2007, but did not play any official tournament until that year (he did play three friendlies in 2009). His dream was to go to the London Games, but he missed the Olympics with an ankle injury.

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