Former Chicago Bull Joakim Noah recently looked back on winning the 2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award during a Knuckleheads Podcast episode with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles.
Noah said that earning the award couldn’t have been possible without the help of his teammates, most notably 2007 NBA All Defensive Second Team member Kirk Hinrich.
(Via Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles):
Joakim Noah: “At the end of the day, that award was Defensive Team. It’s like, OK, you get that award, but Kirk Hinrich? I mean come on now. Y’all played against this guy.”
Darius Miles: “I’ve been playing against Kirk since AAU days. He’s been a beast.”
Quentin Richardson: “Him and Nick Collison, ain’t no back down in them boys.”
Joakim Noah: “He had a heart of a lion. Let’s not forget. Let’s give credit where credit is due. This is not an individual game.”