Derrick Rose appears to have the best shot of becoming the Bulls’ first all-star since 1998.
But on TNT’s studio show Thursday, Charles Barkley picked center Joakim Noah as one of the Eastern Conference reserves.
Barkley didn’t quite get the name right, though, saying, “My favorite player probably in the NBA now is Yannick Noah.”
Of course, Yannick Noah is Joakim’s dad and a former world-class tennis player. Joakim ranks second in the league in rebounds, averaging 11.1 points and 12.4 boards overall.
Noah has some tough competition for an all-star spot between New York’s David Lee (19.1 ppg, 11.2 rpg), Milwaukee’s Andrew Bogut (15.4 ppg, 10.4 rpg), Washington’s Antawn Jamison (22.2 ppg, 8.7 rpg) and Atlanta’s Al Horford (13.7 ppg, 9.8 rpg).
“I like Noah,” Barkley added. “I’m going to reward… He’s a rebounding machine. I needed a big guy.”
KERR SUPPORTS VINNY
Phoenix Suns general manager Steve Kerr made an appearance on WMVP’s “Waddle and Silvy Show” and was asked about second-year Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro.
Before joining the Bulls with no previous coaching experience, Del Negro worked as a college scout for the Suns.
“Vinny's a great guy. He works his butt off,” Kerr said. “He knows the game, but this is a very, very difficult job, coaching in the league, especially when you haven't done it before and you have a team that's kind of a borderline playoff team.
“It's not like he's stepping in and there's Michael (Jordan) and Scottie (Pippen). He's got some good, young talent, but it's going to take some time for those guys to develop and come together. … I hope he can sustain his career there and have a lot of success, because he deserves it. He's a good man.”
JAMESON CURRY RETURNS
The Los Angeles Clippers signed former Bulls guard JamesOn Curry to a 10-day contract on Friday. Curry was a second-round pick of the Bulls in 2007 out of Oklahoma State, but he never suited up for a game before being released the following summer.
Curry had been playing for the Springfield (Mass.) Armor in the D-League, averaging 16.1 points and 7.5 assists.