Back on November 20, 1993, Orlando Magic center Shaquille O’Neal put up the first triple-double of his career—going for 24 points, a career-high 28 rebounds, and a staggering 15 blocks, against the New Jersey Nets. It was a hell of a performance from Shaq, who was just in his second year in the league at the time.
Tonight, nearly 20 years later, Chicago’s big man Joakim Noah did his best Shaq impression with a monstrous triple-double of his own (24 pts, 21 boards, and 11 blocks), as the Derrick Rose-less Bulls took care of Philly on their home floor.
Noah, now in his sixth year with the Bulls, is having the best season of his young career so far, which is to be expected considering the amount of injuries Chicago has faced in the first part of the season. But still, you have to give the man props for stepping up at both ends of the floor.
What makes it even more intriguing is that Noah is doing all this damage in a pair of Le Coq Sportif sneakers—a brand that isn’t seen around the NBA all that much. But then again, Noah’s Pro Model 2.0s do have that full-length compression molded EVA midsole that has provided the big guy with stable footing on the hardwood. Don’t let the classic look of these Le Coq’s fool you, they can obviously hold their own on the basketball court.