Joakim Noah has had great individual success, making another All-Star Game, despite a trying season in which Derrick Rose was lost to injury and the Chicago Bulls made a financial move in trading away close teammate Luol Deng.
Noah remains optimistic of the Bulls chances of one day winning a title with him and Rose as the core pieces.
‘‘My ultimate goal is to win a championship,’’ he said. ‘‘I believe we’re going to win a championship in Chicago — and I want to win it with Derrick Rose. That’s the ultimate goal, and I’m going to do everything I can to put us in a position to play in those big games. And when our time will come, whenever that is, it’ll be the best party in the world.’’
Noah, Tom Thibodeau and company continue to exceed expectations.
‘‘I think we’re the hardest-working team in the NBA, on the court or off the court. The way we practice. The way we carry ourselves. I’m proud that we have that identity — when you play the Chicago Bulls, we’re crackin’. We’re going to the offensive glass every time. We’re playing defense. We’re the first to the floor. I’m proud to be a part of that.’’