Joakim Noah issued a statement through the Bulls about the passing of his mentor, Tyrone Green, a respected basketball coach in New York City.
"I am saddened by the passing of Mr. Green, who was like a second father to me. I will do my best to respect his life and his family in this time of grief and ask that everyone please do the same. I will miss him very much," the statement read.
Upon arriving in New York from France, Noah was coached by Green and to this day, the All-Star center still gives credit to the coach, who occasionally visited the United Center to watch Bulls games, for his development.
Noah missed Friday's Bulls practice to travel to New York, but returned to Chicago for Saturday's session at the Berto Center.
He will suit up for Sunday's Game 1 of the Bulls' first-round series against Washington at home.