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Joakim Noah grieving the loss of his mentor Tyrone Green
Joakim Noah grieving the loss of his mentor Tyrone Green

To understand the impact and influence Tyrone Green had on Joakim Noah, just go back to Noah's 2007 draft night. Wearing seersucker, a bow tie and an exuberant smile, Noah, minutes after he shook then-Commissioner David Stern's hand and walked offstage, ignored a question on live TV to get serious. “I just want to thank Mr. Green, who has been my mentor,” Noah said that night. “I love you to death, Mr. Green.” Green, an influential figure in New York youth basketball for 35 years, died unexpectedly last week at 63. Noah returned to practice Saturday after flying to New York for an excused bereavement leave to spend time with Green's family. Noah...

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