We knew that
Joakim Noah was controversial – but we didn’t see this coming.
Last week, long before the anti-gay slur in Miami, Mike Kellams, the Associate Managing Editor for Sports, had the bright idea of taking a different look at Noah, less about the
NBA player and more about the iconoclast, the free-spirit.
So we assigned one the Tribune’s best feature writers, Chris Borrelli,
, to observe him, to question him about anything but basketball.
Borrelli starting reporting, spent time at the
Bulls training center in Deerfield, got what he needed, and started writing.
Then in the first quarter of last Sunday’s game, Noah lashed out at a fan and the story changed.
So Chris reworked the story, explored his notes and found some material that in light of the slur was illuminating. He went back to Deerfield Wednesday to talk to Noah again, and has delivered a fascinating look at one of Chicago’s most surprising athletes.