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Joakim Noah blames negativity for Bulls’ 10-10 home record

Jan 13, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

Bulls' Noah shouts from the bench while they play against the 76ers during their NBA Eastern Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Philadelphia Reuters

The Suns went into Chicago on Saturday playing their fourth game in five nights, and having won just once in the team’s previous 12 games.

That didn’t stop them from putting a hurt on the Bulls, a team that many believe to be in the upper echelon in the East, and capable of competing with the likes of the Heat and the Knicks come playoff time.

That won’t happen, however, if Chicago can’t figure out its issues while playing at home, where the team is now just 10-10 on the season. And Joakim Noah feels that nothing will change until the Bulls learn to be more positive when things aren’t going their way.

From Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago:

“We’re 10-10 at home. That’s not very good, that’s very average,” Bulls center Joakim Noah said.

“I think it’s OK to be wrapped up in big wins. I think you’re supposed to be happy after you win, but I think that when it’s the big game we come ready to play. I think we have to make a conscious effort as players and as coaches — everybody. I feel like we complain way too much. When things aren’t going our way we have to find a way to stick together more.

“It’s just too negative. We have to support one another when things aren’t going well because right now it’s just, when things aren’t going our way, it’s the end of the world. You have to move on to the next play and unite together because I don’t feel like we’re doing that right now.”

The Bulls have gotten off to a 20-15 start, which has them at sixth in the East but just four games behind the Heat for the conference’s top spot. They’ve beaten the Knicks three times this season, and have quality wins over Miami and Boston as well, all without Derrick Rose, who is expected back near the All-Star break.

But a loss like the one suffered at home to a reeling Suns team cancels out the positive feelings to a certain extent, and until Chicago figures out how to recapture its home court advantage, those who doubt whether or not the Bulls are for real will continue to have reason to do so.

  1. gmsingh - Jan 13, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    I blame a lack of superstars and a need to play at a very high energy level all the time to win for the Bulls’ inconsistent record. I think losing Korver and not having a really good outside shooter to fall back on was a very dumb move by the Bulls management.

  2. timb12 - Jan 13, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    I blame Noah. If he would have hit that 3 and got the crowd some free food, they would have a packed house every night.

    • philtration - Jan 13, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      They have a packed house every night.
      They are leading the NBA in attendance again this season.

  3. 00maltliquor - Jan 13, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    I love his honesty.

  4. themagicfanguy - Jan 13, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    They need a shooter. Marcus Thornton, JJ Redick, someone like that.

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 13, 2013 at 9:42 PM

      Are you offerering up one of your own players to help out CHI? One of your better players…I don’t get it.

  5. progress2011 - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    I enjoy listening to people brave enough to say what has to be said ! Dancing around issues NEVA delivers results in a timely manner.

    I have a true appreciation for Noah:
    1. Are his comments abrasive – YEP
    2. Do they make others uncomfortable – YEP
    3. Are the comments accurate – YEP

    Well in that event…..SOMEBODY GOTTA SAY IT!

    Noah’s instant classic (his response to getting booed in Cleveland, when LBJ was King there):

    “You like it ? You think Cleveland is cool? I’ve never heard anyone say, ‘I’m going to Cleveland on vacation.'”


  6. Power Zone Sports - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Reblogged this on Power Zone Sports.

  7. itsthemelman82 - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    1. Who cares those that doubt if they are championship caliber. How often are they right?

    2. @ gmsingh saying its because they lack superstars is absurd… How’s superstar thing working out for the Lakers?

    3. The return of D. Rose should help sure things up. The Bulls play some of the best team ball in the league but, Derrick opens things up by being able to get his own shot. No one else on the team can really do that so it’s an added dimension.

    • unxpexted1 - Jan 14, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      2. @ gmsingh saying its because they lack superstars is absurd

      If this was so absurd then they wouldnt have lost to the sixers the way they did in the playoffs without d rose. The last time a team one a championship without a superstar caliber player is the 04 Pistons.

      Not saying they win the championship with rose but to say that this team is championship caliber without him or disagreeing with the premise that a superstar is needed….that sir, is absurd.

      • itsthemelman82 - Jan 14, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        Few things buddy… I didn’t say they are championship caliber w/o D. Rose actually, the Bulls are really middle of the road minus Rose but WITH him they are. A number 1 seed going into the playoffs is all of the proof I need that they can contend.

        The ’04 Pistons aren’t comparable to the Bulls. A better comparison would be the ’11 Dallas Mavericks. They had Dirk carry them past that “big 3” of Miami. Please don’t say “well the also had Jason Kidd” because while effective, he was just a piece to the puzzle

        You didn’t answer the question of why the Lakers w/ all of their stars aren’t winning???

      • gmsingh - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:44 AM

        The Thibs and Popovich are the best two coaches in the league. Who’s coaching the Lakers? Oh, and Howard isn’t going to help anybody win a championship. Meanwhile, Kobe’s only won 5 times, right?

  8. rajbais - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Blame it on the coach and management.

    The coach for doing a bad body preservation job last season and management for a poor offseason.

    It was poor and we know it.

  9. jnoah13 - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    They aren’t missing a sharpshooter, theyve gone from near last to about the middle of the league in 3pt%. We have rip, deng, marco, radmonovic, robinson and now cook who can hit threes. They need a scorer who can create his own shot when the play breaks down. Those kind of guys just simply aren’t in numerous amounts in this league. With D-Rose out, just making the playoffs is an accomplishment for this roster. You can’t win every game.

    and really? keep korver? for $5 million? use your head. lucas is playing terrible for toronto, cj watson is incredibly ‘meh’ with the nets, brewer is out of the knicks rotation. omer is shooting 43% on fts. use your head. reading these comments are maddening. If you don’t know basketball, or don’t follow close enough, dont comment.

    • gmsingh - Jan 14, 2013 at 5:45 AM

      Wow, the ex bench mob guys are playing worse with a lesser coach? Really? Oh, and Asik suddenly is an offensive threat now that he ISN”T on the Bulls. He killed us when he played them. We went from have the best record in the entire NBA two years in a row to be slightly above .500. And that’s acceptable? Or desirable? Ridiculous. The only reason they’re winning at all is because of Thibs talent as a coach. But hey, if John Paxson really wanted to find out how Vinny Del Negro would do when he got some talent to coach he had a chance to find out this year! It doesn’t matter how good the coach is, if you don’t give him players that can win there is nothing that can be done. The Bulls look like a rag tag bunch of misfits that have played some amazing games thanks to hard work by some key players. Unfortunately, when those players go south they can’t even beat the Bobcats.

  10. jnoah13 - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    EVEN though i said use your head twice, it does not invalidate my point.

  11. michaeljordanseviltwin - Jan 14, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    I blame karma for the Bulls home record.

    After the Sandy Hook shooting Noah promised to retire his finger-guns celebration. Guess what I saw him do after sinking a mid-range jumper in the 1st quarter of the Knicks game? Hypocrite. I never asked him to stop the celebration but the fact that he grabbed headlines in America’s hour of mourning to make a false promise…

  12. jnoah13 - Jan 14, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    Karma isn’t real buddy. I really doubt he was trying to ‘grab headlines’. He’s a pro ball player: he doesn’t need to try to find his way into the news. Old habits die hard.

  13. dko83 - Jan 14, 2013 at 5:07 AM

    Definitely something a hippie would say…

  14. themagicfanguy - Jan 14, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    @maltliquor Yes, actually. We need to trade JJ, his value has never been higher and he is a FA after the season. We are rebuilding, so flipping talented veterans for picks and young players is key. CHI seems like a good spot for him to land. It would have to be a contender to max out the trades value. Plus, JJ would help their team a lot, I think. Win/win.

  15. Jeff - Jan 15, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    I blame Noah’s ponytail.

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