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Joakim Noah's Centered

Joakim Noah's Centered

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Updated: July 23, 2012 6:05AM

The city of Chicago is a special place. I moved here in 2007 and have had my ups and downs playing with the Bulls. It is now 2012, and I could not be happier playing for you guys in this great city.

I love my team and the fans of the Bulls so much. The blue-collar work ethic of the city is something I relate to with the way I try to play. I feel the love I get from Bulls’ fans is because I try to leave it all out there every time I step foot on the United Center floor.  Your city is an awesome place to be from.

There are two places on Earth that are home for me, and they could not be more opposite. I was born in New York City, and I spent my teenage years there. When I am in New York, I see all of the people I grew up with and we do all the same things we did as teenagers and young adults. It is grounding to be with friends and family in the place that shaped me.

The other place that I consider home is on Maui. My mother has been taking my sister and me there since we were kids, and my uncle and his family still live there. It is the most peaceful and calm place on the planet. I spend my days there in a jungle at a waterfall with friends, and it is the place where I can relax and really put things in perspective. After every season with the Bulls, I go to New York and Maui right away, and then I begin to train for the next season.

I tell you about where I am from because it helps me appreciate the city that I now call home. Chicago is a beautiful place that combines things like great architecture, hard-working people and the most passionate sports fans in America.

This is a town that I feel is in tune with who I am and who I try to be, and I am thankful to play a game I love for you guys. 

Joakim Noah donated his $1,000 fee for
writing this column to his foundation,

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