Former Florida Gators star Joakim Noah encounters difficulty ad...

By Wednesday night in Miami, the latest Joakim Noah squall had settled. He was in his black-and-red Chicago uniform, bumping chests and slapping hands with the team's five starters as they were introduced. Full Story
GatorJay

Louisville, KY

#1 Jan 19, 2008
Message to Joah: If you don't like playing with losers, then you need to learn to shut the hole under your nose, do the best you can to earn your paycheck, then split to another team when you're a free agent and have a good reputation as a team player with some decent stats. In that respect, you're in the same boat as the rest of us middle-class stiffs who have to grind it out to support ourselves. Grow up, punk.
SiSenor

United States

#2 Jan 19, 2008
A typical Gator.........
Incredulous

Ormond Beach, FL

#3 Jan 19, 2008
What is not controlled early on in life becomes out of control in the future.
This country lacks discipline for young athletes since they are considered "superstars" much more talented than the rest of the other kids. Respect for authority is dismissed because of talent at the lower level and outbursts/tantrums are considered as passion for the game.
Parents & coaches should "sack up" and stop this behavior.
Oliver

Orlando, FL

#4 Jan 19, 2008
What a jerk ... this guy struggles to learn the playbook? Are you kidding me - what else does he have to worry about in life? And he has the nuts to ask a coach to tell him in advance how much he'll be playing in each game - doesn't he have it all wrong? I always thought how much you play had to do with a bunch of other things that he can't seem to master ... like getting to the bus on time?

Hopefully it's only a matter of time until Big Ben gives him a slap - that's something that he should have gotten a long time ago - way before he was even able to pick up a basketball!
Sienna

Longwood, FL

#5 Jan 19, 2008
Did this ignorant and extremely ugly man actually receive a degree from UF?
Caroline

AOL

#6 Jan 19, 2008
The NBA Coaches need to adjust to Jo also. Billy knew how to capitalize on JO'S best assets and fan the flames of passion that drive him. He was the energy that drove the Gators. If they don't appreciate him, then trade him to a team that will.Ben Wallace and his other teamates have no room to talk. They voted to suspend him for a game and they have committed far worse sins than Noah. This is the opinion of their fans in Chicago. His adoring fans miss him in Gainesville,I suspect he misses them too.
Summer

AOL

#7 Jan 19, 2008
He was a egotistical punk at UF and he is still a punk in the pro's. Too bad he didn't go to the heat, Shaq would have whipped his butt into shape right away.
Insanity

Lakeland, FL

#8 Jan 19, 2008
Caroline wrote:
The NBA Coaches need to adjust to Jo also. Billy knew how to capitalize on JO'S best assets and fan the flames of passion that drive him. He was the energy that drove the Gators. If they don't appreciate him, then trade him to a team that will.Ben Wallace and his other teamates have no room to talk. They voted to suspend him for a game and they have committed far worse sins than Noah. This is the opinion of their fans in Chicago. His adoring fans miss him in Gainesville,I suspect he misses them too.
Good he can go back. He sucks.
Tess

United States

#9 Jan 19, 2008
Just another little priviledged brat that leaned no discipline because he was a jock. Well, he is in the big leagues now and needs how to use some self control. Emotional intelligence is something that needs to be part of his education too. That is why too many young people leave college without life skills....they are really gifted in one area....academic or sports, and the balanced life is screwed.
Tigergator

Ocala, FL

#10 Jan 19, 2008
I can see where people who don't know him or have been around him have questioned his behavior. But the hate? He is not your typical superstar athlete. He has intelligence, can speak well, and yes, had famous parents. For that, he gets crap. If he grew up in the "hood", with parents in jail or on crack, if was a "gangsta", you'd hate that too. As far as i can tell, he is a good kid, who just needs to learn the way of the world in the nba. As far as his Gator fans go, we saw what he could do---he has passion, heart, and demonstrates that. He is also a winner!
Ajax

Gaithersburg, MD

#11 Jan 19, 2008
Noah is a spoiled brat who needs to grow up!
Caroline

AOL

#12 Jan 19, 2008
Noah knows what is wrong with the NBA. If they all played like him they would be a better team. He plays with something they don't, it's called heart. I know that Magic fans hate anything Donavan or Gator connected, I'm just glad he realized that he had the best job he could ever have at UF, before it was too late. Jo just wants to win, if his teamates doubt it they can go look in the trophy case, or look at his back to back Championship rings. Eat your heart out losers.
Mike

Saint Cloud, FL

#13 Jan 19, 2008
"Jo" is just what every NBA team needs—right!!—a loudmouth with lots of undirected , sophomoric, frenetic energy, playing with passion, love for the game, not learning the playbook, stepping out of line, acting arrogant when there is no solid evidence he'l even make it in the pros, acting like a privileged know-it-all before he earns respect--and all of this in a couple months of turning pro. Wake up, kid. Many greats have gone before you in this game, and I'm having a hard time remembering any as thoroughly obnoxious in their rookie year.
Tebow Time

United States

#14 Jan 19, 2008
Noah is accustom to playing for winners (UF). He is having a difficult time coping with losing. He should get some advice from FSU grads on how to handle being a loser.
what matters is

AOL

#15 Jan 19, 2008
Apparently the playbook is not the answer considering the Bull's record. Yelling at the coach is wrong but the rest of the players got Skiles fired with their attitude and play. They seem to have little room to judge anyone. And as long as they continue to underachieve they will be professional,cool, losers.

The one poster is right he needs to buckle down play the game so he can get away from this group as quick as possible.
OhYeah

United States

#16 Jan 19, 2008
"Said Bulls interim coach Jim Boylan: "He just needs to realize that this isn't college anymore. He needs to follow the rules that are set down for everyone."

Billy Boy Donovan realized that. Hence the reason he turned coward and ran back to where the boys play.

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