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Joakim Noah on Mike Dunleavy: ‘He’s finally giving Duke some credibility’

Mar 14, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

In ESPN’s Fab Five documentary, Jalen Rose discussed how he felt about Duke while playing at Michigan.


I hated Duke, and I hated everything I felt Duke stood for. Schools like Duke didn’t recruit players like me. I felt like they only recruited black players that were Uncle Toms.

To many, that’s still the perception of Duke, regardless of the race of its players.

Elite. Soft. Spoiled. Prissy. Coddled.

If Mike Dunleavy is trying to singlehandedly change that image, he’s having a pretty good few weeks.

He tangled with DeMarcus Cousins. Taj Gibson talked about him riding the New York City subway alone late at night while already in the NBA. And last night, he took an elbow to the face and returned after getting 10 stitches, playing excellently.

Personally, I find the increasingly common discussion about whether Joakim Noah deserves third-place MVP votes a bit off. Don’t get me wrong. I care about the minutia of runner-up award voting far more than anyone should (just wait until I dig into that later in the season), and Noah is having an excellent year. But, for me, it’s a four-man race between Stephen Curry, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love and Chris Paul – though others like Noah, Carmelo Anthony, Anthony Davis and James Harden still have time to work their way into the discussion.

But that was an MVP quote by Noah if there ever was one.

  1. RavenzGunnerz - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Duke sucks… next question…

    • sportsfan18 - Mar 14, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      Don’t have to be a fan of Duke to know that both the school and its basketball program are top notch…

  2. stops777 - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Haha great other picks…Noah’s play defines the Bulls and has made them the team the Heat and Pacers dont want to face, without a previous MVP in Derrick Rose. One of the hardest working players in the NBA. Even if you hate his personality, you have to love how he plays. Thats a basketball player right there

  3. azarkhan - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    “I felt like they only recruited black players that were Uncle Toms”

    Really, because I thought Duke recruited black players who were intelligent, capable of doing college-level academics, and who didn’t have the racist notion that reading, learning, and having an education is “acting white”. Rose’s idiotic quote says more about his own deep seated racism than it says about Duke University.

    • davidly - Mar 14, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      He was saying how he felt and why he felt that way. He intentionally used the Uncle Tom example all these years later to illustrate his level of resentment — which is far from idiotic, it’s edifying. You don’t have to agree that his resentment is warranted, but your assertion conflating his portrayal with a belief that having an education is acting white seems like a spurious attempt to attribute a set of beliefs to Rose that he doesn’t have.

  4. mogogo1 - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    The Duke criticism from Rose would have had a lot more impact if the Fab 5 had actually won something. Instead, they never won anything–not even a Big Ten title–so it was just sour grapes being spread by losers about the team that beat them.

    Not that it ultimately would have mattered had they won a championship, given they ended up having to vacate all their tournament wins because of the Chris Webber scandal. Duke was wise not to recruit those guys.

    • bkbell3 - Mar 14, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      I agree, rose is still trying to live some past perceived glory that’s all in his head.I saw his special and his selling points were ” we were the first to wear black socks,have tattoos and wear baggy shorts! And yet again someone is talking about not being black enough.smh RGIII is not black enough but President Obama is?smh.Like some how Noah and rose are hard or tough and no duke players were hard nose players. Noah is somewhat but rose was soft and a journeyman as was the rest of that team except Webber who was slowed by injuries. Just because someone talks or looks a certain way has nothing to due with intellegence,heart,work ethic or being a good human being etc.

  5. chiadam - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    I would WRECK Rachel Nichols.

    • suckit619 - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      I wonder if the carpet matches the drapes.

  6. suckit619 - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Feldman is an absolute moron. Noah isn’t worthy of a runner-up MVP vote? He’s the only reason this team is above .500. Why even mention Carmelo? He’s on one of the most disappointing teams in the last decade.

  7. reastnt - Mar 14, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Rose is being honest about how he felt, as a kid in college. In the past. He has grown up and matured now – he’s talking about this because he now understands it. No reason to hate on him.

  8. trickybastard - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    Criticizing is not hating and Rose should not be immune to it. If you want to say controversial things to sell a book you take the criticism along with the book sales. Probably not a bad trade off.

    And Noah: does Kyrie Irving give Duke less credibility than Dunleavy?

  9. imakcds - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    If you don’t like Mike Dunleavy and what he bring to the court, then it’s obvious you are a Racist, this dude can ball.

  10. lazykiz - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    That racist Jalen Rose still has a job? What the hell.

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