Joakim Noah won Defensive Player of the Year honors in a landslide last year, receiving 100 of a possible 125 first-place votes over Roy Hibbert and DeAndre Jordan. The first-team All-NBA center averaged 11.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks and was a force all year for the Bulls.
Apparently the kids of his Noah's Arc Foundation didn't get the memo.
Noah, who was in town Friday to announce an anti-violence initiative in Chicago at the Major Adams Community Center, let the kids of his organization try their best moves out against him in a 1-on-1 setting.
It went as expected, as the 6-foot-11 center towered over the youngsters who, unlike players of the other 29 teams in the NBA, had a blast getting their shots rejected and Noah running in for easy dunks and layups. Only the smiles on each kids' face were bigger than the rejections from the veteran who ranked 12th in the NBA in blocks a year ago.
But it wasn't all blocks for Noah. He provided the biggest assist of the afternoon, too, helping one of the kids up near the hoop for a basket (seen at the end of the video above).
Noah's afternoon in Chicago also included a PSA against gun violence which also featured Derrick Rose. Noah's foundation, according to its website, is "dedicated to helping children develop a stronger sense of self. We believe all children have an inner fire that can be ignited to help them achieve their full potential. It is our goal to find that fire and bring it out in every child we meet."