Joakim Noah

Joakim Simon Noah (pronunciation: /ˡʒoʌkim/; born February 25, 1985) is a Swedish-French-American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls. He played collegiate basketball for the University of Florida in the SEC of the NCAA from 2004-2007. Noah was a member of the Gators' teams that won the 2006 and 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournaments. On June 28, 2007, Noah was taken 9th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. Noah was born in New York City, United States of Swedish, French, and Cameroonian descent. He was born February 25, 1985 to Yannick Noah, a retired French professional tennis player and 1983 French Open champion, and Cécilia Rhode, Miss Sweden 1978. In addition, his paternal grandfather Zacharie Noah was a Cameroonian professional football player, winner of the Coupe de France in 1961. Noah calls himself "the African Viking". He competed on basketball teams for several high schools, first at the United Nations International School (UNIS) in New York City. At UNIS he was coached by Alsonso Shockley, Harry Muniz and David Gartrelle. He reached the championships as the only sophomore on the team. He also played in streetball tournaments


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