Not only did Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah play together on the Chicago Bulls and have some special times, but they were also teammates for one season on the New York Knicks. The two All-Stars have a close bond, and it goes well beyond basketball.
On Oct. 28, the Bulls honored Noah at the United Center on “Joakim Noah Night.” It just so happened that Rose and the Knicks were in town to face Chicago, making the evening much more exceptional for Noah.
Rose and Noah have remained brothers for several reasons despite not playing in a game with each other since the 2016-17 season. For those wondering why, it’s pretty simple.
Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah are family
Before the Knicks-Bulls game, Rose told reporters why he’s still so tight with Noah. The youngest MVP in NBA history revealed that family is the main reason.
“It’s deeper than basketball,” Rose said, via K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago. “Our families are pretty close. My mom and his mom are. Even in New York, everything that I do is based around his friends helping out, his family helping out. His best friend Matt (Rosenberg) is always around. My daughter and his daughter are best friends. So it came full circle. It’s crazy that I’m in New York now where he grew up. It’s perfect.”
Rose and Noah played in 340 games together with the Bulls and Knicks. Although they never won a championship, they had a lot of success in the regular season.
Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah went 198-142
Rose and Noah had a record of 198-142 together with the Bulls and Knicks. The former averaged 19.1 points and 6.1 assists, while the latter put up 8.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
In 2010-11, Rose and Noah led the Bulls to the best record in the NBA. Chicago reached the Eastern Conference Finals and faced the Miami Heat. Despite winning Game 1 at home, the Bulls lost the series in five games.
In 2011-12, Rose and Noah once again had the top record in the league. The Bulls were motivated to win the championship with their core back. Unfortunately, Rose tore his left ACL in Game 1 of the 2012 playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers, and Chicago lost to Philly in six games.
Rose missed the entire 2012-13 season recovering from his ACL injury. Noah averaged 11.9 points and 11.1 rebounds sans his point guard and made his first All-Star team. More impressively, the Bulls won 45 games and reached the second round of the 2013 playoffs, where they lost to the Heat in five games again.
In 2013-14, Rose returned, but only for 10 games. He suffered a right meniscus tear and was done for the season. Noah once again took his game to another level by averaging 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 5.4 assists. He won the Defensive Player of the Year Award and finished fourth in MVP voting.
Rose played 51 games in 2014-15 and guided the Bulls to 50 wins. Chicago reached the second round of the postseason but lost to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 2015-16 season was the last year Rose and Noah played in Chicago. In the summer of 2016, the Bulls traded Rose to the Knicks. A few days later, Noah signed with New York in free agency.
While it was unique to see Rose and Noah stick together and play on the Knicks, the 2016-17 season was a disaster for New York.
The Knicks were awful in 2016-17
The Knicks won just 31 games in 2016-17. To make matters worse, Rose went AWOL during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans, and Noah was suspended 20 games for violating the NBA’s anti-drug program.
Rose and Noah separated in the summer of 2017 when the Chicago native signed with the Cavaliers. Since then, Rose has played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons, and Knicks again. He rejuvenated his career with the Timberwolves and is now one of the top bench players in the league.
As for Noah, he played for the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers after being waived by New York. The big man retired in March 2021 and recently became an ambassador with the Bulls. He’s enjoying spending time with his family, which still includes Rose.