Joakim Noah cherishes chance to play with his 'brother' Derrick Rose again

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The Knicks have built quite the side this summer after three years in the postseason abyss, and Joakim Noah is the latest name to be unveiled.

The 31-year-old center had spent his entire nine-year career with the Chicago Bulls before signing his $72 million four-year deal at Madison Square Garden.

In a strange turn of events, Noah has followed his former teammate, Derrick Rose, to the Big Apple and has gotten the opportunity to return home.

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The former MVP, on the other hand, has had to leave his home of Chi-Town for the first time in his career and that twist of fate isn't lost on Noah.

“No, I probably wouldn’t have," Noah said. "You don’t really hear too many situations where a center gets traded for a point guard, especially a point guard like Derrick Rose, who was a hometown favorite. I would have never thought that he would have left Chicago.

"It’s pretty amazing that he was the hometown guy showing me around and now he’s on my turf. I get to play with my brother. That’s very special.”

Noah, a former Defensive Player of the Year only two seasons ago, has been a lifelong Knicks fan and has loved the organisation since he was a child.

“Yeah. I look at this as a very special opportunity. I’m not taking this opportunity for granted. This has been a dream of mine since I’m five-years-old. I was a fan of a lot of people who wore this jersey: Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, Chris Childs, Latrell Sprewell, Marcus Camby, Larry Johnson.

"I was in the Garden for all these guys. I was in the Garden when LJ hit the shot. I was in the Garden when Michael Jordan came back and gave us 55. This means everything to me. I’m going to do everything to make this special.”

With Rose, Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis for company, if the Knicks can stay fit they will be an interesting watch this year.

Joakim Noah
Chicago Bulls
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Derrick Rose
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New York Knicks
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