Joakim Just Following In Dad Yannick’s Footsteps

The Internets have been all a-buzz about Joakim Noah spending his NBA offseason in the Caribbean with his topless gal pal. Well, it could be said that Noah’s bash at the beach with a bare-breasted babe is just a case of “like father, like son”.

Joakim Noah Yannick Noah girls

Joakim’s dad, Yannick, is a former pro tennis star who also shares his son’s affinity for hanging around scantily-clad females. (Then again, given the chance, who wouldn’t?) Why, just look at a photo spread he did for a European underwear company only a few of years ago:

(Pics after the jump.)

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Noah Nabbed With Pot, Didn’t Take Dad’s Advice

Joakim Noah spent his holiday weekend embarrassing the Bulls yet again. The ex-Gator hoopster was caught in Gainesville committing a heinous crime indeed - walking around in public with an open alcoholic container!

Oh, and he had some pot on him, too.

Joakim Noah draft David Stern

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Joakim Noah Family Tree Leaves Clues To Florida Gators Bizarro Behavior

NOAH FAMILY TREE LEAVES CLUES TO BIZARRO BEHAVIOR: As we all try to unravel that repellent riddle wrapped inside an exasperating enigma, Joakim Noah, the one thing we do know is the only person with worse teeth than Joakim and dad Yannick is the lead singer for the Georgia Satellites.

Joakim Noah

But most don’t know the finer details of Joakim’s upbringing (his parents were divorced when he was very young and Dad Yannick rarely visited before son hit it big).And unless you live within France’s borders *shudder*, you probably are unaware that the elder Noah is currently a huge hit with the French - not because of his legendary tennis career, but because of his singing.

Yannick Noah Music

From the land that still reveres Jerry Lewis as a contemporary comic genius and can’t get enough of Tony Parker’s rapping, Noah’s songs can be seen and heard all over French radio and TV.

Yannick Noah Video

As you might expect, you’ll have to break out the electron microscope to detect the entertainment value in the music. I’m guessing the French appreciate his lyrics (one of his recent hits translates to “no more fighting”) more than his musicianship.

Cecilia Rohde Joakim Noah's Mother Miss Sweden

But the mastery of the arts doesn’t stop with Yannick, it also extends to Joakim’s mother, Cecilia. The former Miss Sweden in 1978, is, apparently, a sculptor.Her bio notes her career highlights as having her work displayed at the United Stations, and a commission that she received for “a massive bronze on permanent display in Atlantic City, New Jersey” (which is no doubt the dream of every world-class sculptor).

Yelena Noah

Finally, Joakim’s sister Yelena is often mentioned as a “model”. Taking her cue from Mom and Dad, it’s at best debatable if she’s qualified for that occupation.

Joakim Noah's Bizarro Family

So following this quick sketch of Joakim’s semi-fraudulent and rather dysfunctional family, I think we can all be a little more sympathetic when he breaks out his bizarro behavior.

Joakim Noah Mouth Full Of Food

OK, maybe not.