From Kevin McHale:

“They’ve been winning a lot just on his energy and effort, determination and confidence. Noah is great, he plays with such high intensity. They’ve been winning a lot of games on his grit & toughness.” 

From Dwight Howard:

“I’ve been playing against Joakim since Adidas camp back when we were 15, 16 years old. I’ve seen the difference in his game. The one thing that hasn’t changed is his intensity level on the court. He’s always going after it every play, trying to get every loose ball. His energy, his intensity on the defensive end makes him special.”


We just want to represent. We know this is a city that … even when I come to the game, I see the guy selling the newspapers on the streets. [It’s] cold outside — when he sees me driving by, he’s excited. You know what I mean? He’s excited. He’s like, ‘All right. Let’s go Bulls! Get it done tonight!’ I feel like I play for that guy. Like when I look at the top of the arena, and I look up top and I see teams call timeout, and I see the guy who looks this big and he’s up cheering up and down, jumping up and down, that’s the guy I play for. To me, that’s what this city represents. There’s a lot of hardship in here, a lot of adversity in this city, and I feel like when I play basketball, I want people to be proud of their team.”

“I think when you play for the Bulls, you have a responsibility. As a Bulls player, you have a responsibility to these kids. Chicago’s a great place, and I think one of the things I love about Chicago the most is how much they love their sports. The thing about me as a basketball player is there’s so many highs and lows that I think just being able to spend some time with the kids — it just gives me stability. And it makes me happy to be able to do something for them.”