With his confidence brimming from a productive seven-game series against the Boston Celtics, Joakim Noah carried that over to the offseason by adding about 15 pounds of muscle. This helped him rewrite his image from one of the softer players coming out of college into one of the league's more rugged, scrappier players. The offseason work has paid off with Noah anchoring the Bulls' interior defense, helping Chicago rank second in opponent free-throws made and field-goal percentage, third in the Eastern Conference in blocked shots, and ninth in points allowed.á Noah's also seventh in rebounding and in blocksá(second among Eastern Conference Centers) butámore importantly he's been able to stay on the floor and become aáquintessentialáasset to his team.á Noah's only committed 13 fouls i ...
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