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Joakim Noah gives quite a show to famous family

TNT cameras show YelenNoah watching her brother Joakim play Tuesday's game against Pacers.

TNT cameras show Yelena Noah watching her brother, Joakim, play in Tuesday's game against the Pacers.

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Much was made of Joakim Noah’s grandfather, Zacharie, being in attendance for Tuesday’s series-ending victory over the Pacers at the United Center. It was the first time Noah’s grandfather saw him play professionally.

Zacharie, 72. is from Cameroon, where he played professional soccer.

TNT cameras also showed Noah’s sister, Yelena, a fashion model.

On her facebook page, Yelena’s description reads: “Yelena Noah a beauty queen, as the photos clearly illustrate. The daughter of French tennis star of the 1980s, Yannick Noah, and a former Miss Sweden, Cecilia Rhode, Yelena is a woman making her own mark in the world of high fashion. With her internationally famous and glamorous pedigree, Yelena remains very much grounded with a humble demeanour and endearing spirit that seems to embrace the simplicity of life when you have good expectations and pure wishes...”

Joakim didn’t let his family down, scoring 14 points and grabbing eight rebounds.

‘‘The energy was just there from the beginning,’’ Noah said. ‘‘My grandfather was there, my sister, my mom. The building is already crazy. There was a lot of energy going on. I just fed off of that.’’

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