|Joakim Noah Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 11 in|
|Date of Birth||February 25, 1985|
Joakim Noah is a French-American-Swedish former professional basketball player who represented the Chicago Bulls (2007–2016), the New York Knicks (2016–2018), the Memphis Grizzlies (2018–2019), and the Los Angeles Clippers (2020), as a center, in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was included in the annual NBA ‘All-Star Game’ in 2013 and 2014 and was named the ‘NBA Defensive Player of the Year’ in 2014. He was also included in the NBA ‘All-Defensive Second Team’ in 2011, the ‘All-NBA First Team’ in 2014, and in the NBA ‘All-Defensive First Team’ in 2013 and 2014. Although he was eligible for the French, American, and Swedish national teams, he represented France in international competitions. With the team, he won the ‘Silver’ medal in the 2011 edition of EuroBasket, the main international basketball competition contested quadrennially by the senior men’s national teams that are governed by FIBA Europe, the European zone within FIBA (Fédération Internationale de Basket-ball Amateur). He announced his retirement from the sport in March 2021.
Joakim Simon Noah
Jo, Sticks, The African Viking
New York City, New York, United States
New York City, New York, United States
He holds triple nationality.
Joakim had attended the United Nations International School, a private international school in New York City. He later studied at the Poly Prep Country Day School, an independent, coeducational day school in Brooklyn, New York City; and The Lawrenceville School, a preparatory school for boarding and day students in Mercer County, New Jersey.
After his high school graduation, in 2004, he accepted an athletic scholarship to join the University of Florida, a public land-grant research university in Gainesville, Florida. There, he represented the Florida Gators men’s basketball team between 2004 and 2007.
Professional Basketball Player (Retired)
- Father – Yannick Noah (Singer, French Former Professional Tennis Player, Winner of the French Open in 1983 in the singles format and 1984 in the doubles format)
- Mother – Cécilia Rodhe (Artist, Sculptor, Swedish Former Model, Former Beauty Pageant Contestant, Winner of the Miss Sweden title in 1978, 4th Runner-Up at the Miss Universe Pageant in 1978)
- Siblings – Yélena Noah (Younger Sister) (Model)
- Others – Heather Stewart-Whyte (Ex-Stepmother) (British Former Model), Eleejah Noah (Younger Half-Sister), Jénayé Noah (Younger Half-Sister), Isabelle Camus (Ex-Stepmother) (French TV Producer/Director), Joalukas Noah (Younger Half-Brother), Zacharie Noah (Paternal Grandfather) (Cameroonian Former Professional Soccer Player, Winner of the Coupe de France in 1961) (d. January 2017), Marie-Claire Échalier-Perrier (Paternal Grandmother) (Former Captain of the French National Basketball Team) (d. October 2012), Björn Rodhe (Maternal Grandfather) (d. 2011), Ingrid Rodhe (Maternal Grandmother), José Ribeiro de Oliveira Filho (Father-in-Law), Socorro Oliveira (Mother-in-Law)
- 13 – Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks
- 55 – Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers
Joakim Noah’s net worth had been $50 million according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.
6 ft 11 in or 211 cm
105 kg or 231.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Joakim has dated –
- Kristen Ledlow – Rumor
- Tatiana Golovin (2008) – Rumor
- Isabelle Cutrim – Through his past relationship with Isabelle Cutrim, he has a daughter named Leia Irie (b. 2016).
- Lais Ribeiro (2018-Present) – Joakim started dating Brazilian model Lais Ribeiro in July 2018. The couple got engaged in September 2019 and got married on July 13, 2022, in a ceremony held in Trancoso, a district in the municipality of Porto Seguro in the state of Bahia, Brazil. Joakim has a stepson named Alexandre Ribeiro (b. May 17, 2008), from a previous relationship Lais was involved in.
He also has a son named Emaan from a previous, unnamed relationship.
Race / Ethnicity
Multiracial (Black and White)
He is of half Cameroonian and half French descent on his father’s side and Swedish descent on his mother’s side.
- Toned physique
- Towering frame
- Overgrown hair tied in a ponytail
- Affable smile
- Sports a thick beard
Joakim Noah Facts
- Born in New York City in February 1985, Joakim moved to Paris with his family in 1988. He returned to New York City in 1998, about a decade later.
- During his time at the University of Florida, he won successive NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Men’s Division I Basketball Championships in 2006 and 2007. In 2006, he was also named the NCAA ‘Final Four Most Outstanding Player’.
- He was picked 9th overall in the 1st round of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. That year, he and 2 of his teammates from the University of Florida (Corey Brewer (selected 3rd overall by the Atlanta Hawks) and Al Horford (selected 7th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves)) became the highest-picked trio from the same college in a single edition of the NBA Draft in history.
- In 2010, with his mother, he co-founded the Noah’s Arc Foundation to help engage at-risk youth, particularly in Chicago, with positive self-expression through arts and sports. The foundation was later registered as a United Nations NGO (non-governmental organization). In 2015, the organization was granted special consultative status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
- In February 2012, he recorded his first career ‘triple-double’ (a single-game performance by a player who accumulates a double-digit number in 3 of the following 5 statistical categories – points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocked shots) with 13 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks. It was the first ‘triple-double’ recorded by a Chicago Bulls center since Artis Gilmore in 1977.
- In January 2013, when he was named as a reserve in the 2013 NBA ‘All-Star Game’, he became the Chicago Bulls‘ first center to have been featured in this annual exhibition game since Artis Gilmore in 1982.
- A month later, he recorded his third career ‘triple-double’ with 23 points, 21 rebounds, and 11 blocked shots in a 93–82 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. This tied a franchise record for blocks in a regular season game that was set by Artis Gilmore in 1977. Joakim also joined Hakeem Olajuwon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shawn Bradley, Shaquille O’Neal, and Elvin Hayes as the only players to have recorded a ‘triple-double’ of at least 20-20-10 in points, rebounds, and blocked shots since blocked shots began being recorded.
- Between December 28, 2013, and February 1, 2014, he had an 18-game streak of 10 or more rebounds. That streak ended on February 4, 2014, against the Sacramento Kings, when he was ejected from the game after he had complained about a controversial foul call against him. He verbally abused the referees and was fined USD 15k for his conduct by the NBA.
- In February 2014, he recorded 13 assists in a 94–92 road win for the Chicago Bulls against the Toronto Raptors. This made him the first NBA center with 3 games of 10+ assists in a season since Brad Miller of the Sacramento Kings in the 2005–06 season.
- A month later, he recorded his 5th career ‘triple-double’ with 13 points, 12 rebounds, and 14 assists in a 109–90 win over the New York Knicks. Joakim’s 14 assists in that game were the most ever by a Chicago Bulls center and the most by a center in the NBA since 1986.
- He had finished the month of March 2014 with 120 assists, the most by an NBA center since Wilt Chamberlain had 155 assists in March 1968.
- When he was named the ‘NBA Defensive Player of the Year’ in 2014, he became just the 2nd player from the Chicago Bulls to win that award, after Michael Jordan in the 1987–88 season. He also became the 1st Frenchman, just the 2nd European, and only the 4th international player to have clinched this award.
- In December 2015, in a game against the New York Knicks, he grabbed 10 rebounds, 6 of them offensive. This made him the Chicago Bulls‘ career leader in offensive boards, surpassing Horace Grant (1,888).
- In 2015, he was honored with the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, an annual NBA award that has been presented since 1975 to a player, coach, or staff member who has shown ‘outstanding service and dedication to the community’.
- In October 2021, the Chicago Bulls hosted a special function in his honor where he was named an ambassador of the team.
- Joakim has nicknamed himself ‘The African Viking’ to pay tribute to his mixed heritage.
Featured Image by Joakim Noah / Instagram