Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler understand it. The real victory for the Chicago Bulls will come when they're knocking the Miami Heat out of the playoffs, not during the regular season - no matter how charged the atmosphere is. Noah had 20 points and 12 rebounds, D.J. Augustin scored 22 and the Chicago Bulls beat the Miami Heat 95-88 in overtime Sunday after Butler blocked LeBron James at the end of regulation. ''One day, we're going to have to get through those guys.'' The Heat have owned them when it counts in recent seasons.
Joakim Noah's father, Yannick Noah, was in attendance for Sunday's game and was interviewed during the nationally-televised broadcast. The former French tennis champion and rock star shares his son's competitive nature and garnered a lot of attention for his animated reaction while the action occurred on the floor.
The metamorphosis of Joakim Noah into a true superstar not just a beloved local hero with an increased national profile or a high-energy role player who just specializes in the intangibles is happening right before our eyes. Sunday afternoons 95-88 Bulls overtime win over the Heat at the United Center was just the latest evidence of this fact.