(CBS) – Chicago knows Joakim Noah is an all-star – and the NBA agrees.
The league announced Thursday that Noah has been named an All-Star reserve for the Eastern Conference in the 2014 NBA All-Star Game.
It marks the second straight year Noah has earned an All-Star honor and comes as the center is having a stellar year with the Bulls.
“It’s easy to appreciate how much passion and energy he has for the game every time he steps on the court, but I’m fortunate to also see how hard he works behind closed doors and that is what has helped make him the player and leader he has become,” Bulls General Manager Gar Forman said in a written statement.
He is also one of just eight players in the NBA who is currently averaging a double-double; he also ranks sixth in the league in total rebounds (489) and seventh in offensive boards (163).
“Jo’s performance speaks for itself,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters Wednesday in San Antonio. “He’s had a great season so far. I think he’s very deserving. More importantly, it’s what he’s doing for our team. He’s a great leader. He’s played great on both sides of the ball.”
The 63rd NBA All-Star Game will be played 7 p.m. at the New Orleans Arena on Sunday, Feb. 16.