TNT analyst Charles Barkley has been a big supporter of Joakim Noah; until now.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, after Noah's two-point, five-rebound performance in the Bulls' loss vs. the Grizzlies Monday Barkley said, "His energy level is not the same. I have loved how hard he has worked, but he has not played up to his capabilities this year. Even though Chicago has a great record, he has not played like he has played the last couple of years."
Noah's play seems to fluctuate every other season as it is. Looking at his numbers during his tenure with the Bulls, his first season he scored 488 points and 416 rebounds. In '08-'09 he had 537 points with 606 rebounds; in 2009-'10 he scored 687 points with 705 rebounds; last season he scored 561 points with 498 rebounds and he currently has 114 points and 131 rebounds in 16 games. Not too much of a flux but not completely consistent either.
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau isn't worried about Noah's performance. He told the Sun-Times, "Jo's fine. He played well the last couple of games before the Memphis game 12 rebounds against the Celtics and Raptors. The Memphis game, we played poorly as a team. But I like the way Noah's playing. He's reacting to the ball a lot better."
So maybe he just had an off-game and wasn't completely there. The lockout has definitely had an effect on everyone's play, not to make excuses but what did you expect? We're 16 games in and although it's just a 66-game season there's still time.
Do you think Noah has stepped up his game and will continue to do so? Are you happy with his performance?
For all the Bulls fans who wanted to see the organization pull off a Carmelo Anthony trade over the years, they just got their wish.
Well, sort of.
According to The Vertical's Shams Charania, the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks have agreed to a blockbuster trade which will send Anthony to the Thunder for Doug McDermott, Enes Kanter and the Bulls' 2018 second-round pick.
Coincidentally, the Bulls traded a comparable package to what the Thunder just surrendered for the 10-time NBA All-Star.
Just before the NBA's trade deadline last February, the Bulls sent McDermott, Taj Gibson and a 2018 second-round draft choice to the Thunder for Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow.
As the Thunder load up for a postseason run in the Western Conference, the Bulls are in the midst of rebuilding year after trading Jimmy Butler earlier this offseason and not having much to show from their previous trade with the Thunder.
The Bulls let Lauvergne and Morrow depart via free agency this offseason, while Payne will start the season on the shelf after undergoing foot surgery.
After the deal becomes official via a league call on Monday, Anthony will join reigning MVP Russell Westbrook and All-Star Paul George in Oklahoma City.
The 33-year-old Anthony averaged 22.4 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Knicks last season.
David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Nick Shepkowski (670 The Score) and Dan Cahill (Chicago Sun-Times) join Kap on the panel. Jake Arrieta will return to the rotation to face the Brewers. Can he recapture his pre-injury form? Mike Glennon gets another start Sunday but should he get the hook if he struggles again?
Plus, the guys discuss the one metric that says the Bulls are the worst team in the NBA.