You don’t have to get far down the list before hearing Joakim Noah’s name when discussing the best players in Bulls history.

On Thursday, Noah will be honored ahead of the Chicago game against New York for all the blood, sweat and tears he left on the floor while wearing a Bulls uniform. Chicago is off to a 4-0 start and will be energized by Bulls fans at United Center. They will certainly make sure that their guest of honor feels the love of “Windy City”.

Many former Bulls players traveled to Chicago on Wednesday for a pre-ceremony night before Thursday’s game. Luol Deng, Kirk Hinrich, Tony Kukoc, and Brad Miller have all made appearances. Current Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau and Taj Gibson also stopped by for the festivities.

Noah spent nine seasons in Chicago from 2007 to 2016. During that stretch, he was a three-time All-Defensive and two-All-Star member. He won the Defensive Player of the Year award and made the All-NBA First Team in 2014.

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Ahead of Noah’s big night, the Bulls released a video with many former teammates voicing what Noah meant for the franchise. Here are some of the best quotes from the video.

Former Bulls teammate Derrick Rose: “Joakim is full of charisma. He shows love to everyone. He touched the city in a different way. Like some of my friends, I’m not their favorite player on the team, it was Joakim Noah, but I couldn’t say nothing because he’s big brother. “

Cecilia Rodhe, Joakim’s mother: “He always said I played for this guy (pointing to the sky) with the broom up there, that’s him. And this relationship was important to him. So all of these efforts he put into the field made sense. I think Chicago is very real. People recognized Joakim as something genuine. The love was real, the turmoil was real, the intention was real. … Everything that makes Chicago, Chicago was highlighted by this team because they had a very genuine relationship with each other. It was very deep. “

Sam Smith, “He turned simple energy into skill. His joy for the game, his enthusiasm and his commitment to it actually almost turned into a high level of skill that you could not have sought or imagined. “

John Paxon, Bulls Senior Advisor: “He is, to me, the most genuine player I have ever known. There is nothing wrong with this guy and I think that’s one of the things our fans came to love about him, and that’s what we loved about him. “

Kirk Hinrich, Bulls legend: “Jo, his energy when he walks on game day has rubbed off on everyone and it brings out the best in everyone. You play all of these games and if you’re feeling good, not good, watching him prepare for match day the energy you see to yourself he’s going to bring it. It is rubbing off on you and you can’t help but try to bring in the same level of energy or you will be embarrassed. This is the kind of guy who plays so hard all the time. “

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