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Joakim Noah’s dad, Yannick, halts interview for raucous celebration of son’s play

Mar 10, 2014, 10:07 AM EDT

Joakim Noah’s father, former tennis star Yannick Noah, was giving an interview during Sunday’s Bulls-Heat game when Joakim stopped LeBron James, grabbed an offensive rebound on the other end and then drew a foul.

Let’s just say the interview went in a different direction at that point.

If you were wondering where Joakim’s passion came from, now you know.

Later in the game, Yannick even did the Dikembe Mutombo finger wag for a Joakim block:

That form is a little sloppy. Gotta tighten that up, Yannick.

Then again, the passion comes through much more that way as opposed to Mutombo’s firmer wags. This just must be the Noah family style.

Prediction: There will be a camera on Yannick during all of the Bulls’ playoff games.

  1. parasolmonster - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Sideline interviews during basketball games are usually painful to watch, but this was quite amazing. Pretty easy to see where Jo’s passion comes from.

  2. knicksmets - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    That’s pretty funny how excited he got. Nice to see

  3. calkinsrob - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    So awesome. This Noah led bulls team is so fun to watch. I like this rose-less bulls team a little bit more than last years with Big Nate. cant wait to see the heated games in the playoffs. Gotta love joakim noah

  4. kb2408 - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Noah is a winner, plain and simple.

    • katra2logic - Mar 10, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      It is in his genes, father Yannick Noah was no slouch either. He won 23 singles titles and 16 doubles titles in professional tennis career. Plus, his grandfather Zacharie Noah was a professional soccer player. Cheers :-)

  5. cfos00 - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    So great that even a pro’s Dad is just a sports Dad watching his kid play when it comes right down to it. He looks like he’s got a five year old that just made a shot, and I mean that in the best way. Love it.

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