Thus far in his Bulls career, Joakim Noah's seasonal arc isn't unlike one of his rare outside shots—a beginning that is unsightly, followed by a pleasing, fundamentally sound climb as it settles for its target.
For the second straight season, Noah is finishing strong after a dismal beginning. That makes the even rarer 15-foot jumper he took and made in Saturday's victory over New Orleans all the more fitting.
Noah's energetic and fiery nature, clearly, has rubbed folks the wrong way and has gotten him in some trouble. But now Noah's showing another side – one where he understands his role and is learning to adjust. Since the Bulls traded for center Brad Miller just prior to the trade deadline, Noah has been seeing less playing time, logging about 10 minutes less per game.
The "immature" thing to do, of course, would be to complain. Noah, though, isn't doing that.