DEERFIELD — Joakim Noah will be the recipient of the NBA’s 2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year award.
The Bulls sent out a press release earlier Monday that they would have a “major announcement” set for 4 p.m.
CSNChicago.com first reported that the All-Star center would be the recipient of the award, becoming the second Bulls player in franchise history to win it, after Michael Jordan in the 1987-88 season.
While Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau couldn’t officially comment on Noah’s achievement, he did reflect on the season of his vaunted defense’s anchor.
“Yeah, I’m not going to comment right now because the league has asked us to wait until they make an announcement,” the coach said. “But Jo has had a great year for us.
“I’ll comment at the appropriate time,” Thibodeau went on to quip. “I like to keep my money.”
Comcast SportsNet will air the press conference at 4 p.m., and you can also catch a live stream of the press conference right here on CSNChicago.com.