The Chicago Bulls have called for a 4:00 p.m. press conference to make a major announcement.
The announcement is believed to be related to a major off-season award. The growing belief is that the Bulls will announce that center Joakim Noah has been named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year.
The Bulls rallied behind Noah during the second half of the season. While Noah is expected to be recognized for his defensive ability, the Bulls center also transformed into a great facilitator of the Bulls’ offense.
Noah finished the season by averaging a double-double with 12.6 points per game and 11.3 rebounds per game. Noah also averaged 1.5 blocks per game and 5.4 assists per game.
Noah’s emergence as a leader for the Bulls will certainly have a lasting impact. When Derrick Rose comes back next season, he is not coming back to his team. Rose will be returning to a Bulls team that is led by Noah. Though, that shouldn’t be an issue as Rose has said previously that Noah is the unquestioned leader of the Bulls.
The last Bulls player to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors was Michael Jordan during the 1987-1988 season.