During a segment in which Russell was asked which current NBA players play with the most pride, he ran off a list of superstars before saying the following about Noah:
"A player who doesn't get much attention and is one of my favorites to watch is Joakim Noah. The Bulls don't utilize some of his skills. Not only is he a good rebounder but he's an excellent passer. A good passer is more important to a team than a good shooter on offense."
Russell also went on to mention Noah's teammate, Derrick Rose, when asked about some of the smartest players in the game.