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Joakim Noah speaks, says he’s hurt but not mad at Bulls trade of Luol Deng

Jan 12, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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Joakim Noah had managed to avoid the media since the Bulls traded his longtime teammate Luol Deng five days ago, but broke his silence on Saturday after the team got its third straight win since making the deal, this time a 103-97 victory over the Bobcats.

From John Jackson of the Associated Press:

“The trade definitely hurt,” Noah said in his first public comments since the deal. “We’ve got to move on, but I feel confident in this team. We’re working really hard.

“A lot of people say this is a business, and all that, but this game is more than a business to me. I put everything I’ve got into this. Lu was the same way, so it was hard for me to digest. That’s just my perspective. Everybody has a different job. I’m not mad at anybody.”

Noah obviously took the news hard, and it was perhaps to be expected given the complete buy-in to winning that he and the rest of the Bulls have under head coach Tom Thibodeau.

Deng was in his 10th season in Chicago when the trade went down, and Noah is currently in his seventh. Everything Noah has experienced with the Bulls happened with Deng as his teammate, so it’s not a surprise it took him a while to get over the loss.

  1. adoombray - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Luol Deng: an argument against the luxury tax. It’s really a shame that core didn’t get another couple of runs together with a healthy Rose. I never thought they needed another piece, they just needed some freaking rest during the season. Thibs gets everything out of and demands everything from his guys, and I while I understand there’s no DIRECT correlation between minutes and that team’s problems, it just makes too much sense not to have been a driving factor for a team that didn’t get it’s fair shot at history.

    • spursareold - Jan 12, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      Chicago should have amnestied Boozer TWO YEARS AGO. Good management can minimize the tax effects. Bad management will get hung out to dry by it, every time.

    • stayhigh_247 - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      i agree mostly, but I think Thibs pushes his teams so hard because they never had another guy that could really score on his own next to D Rose. Deng was awesome but Chicago needs a real 1, 2 punch. Look at what happened when Derrick went out last year, Nate Robinson saved their asses because he had the green light and he’s fearless. Had they kept Nate, they may have held on to Lu also. Not saying they would have won it all, but the product they put out would be better than it is now.
      Basically, they have to convince K Love or Aldridge to come to Chicago in addition to making some smart trades for more picks.

  2. thomaskouns - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    That’s a mature way to look at it.

    Anger at the franchise wouldn’t serve either of their interests and be mis-guided.

    • dinofrank60 - Jan 12, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      I think he is keeping his anger under wraps. It would be natural for Noah to be angry; he doesn’t have to display it directly. Noah doesn’t seem like the type to roll over.

  3. johngalt1783 - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    I doubt Noah is over the loss of Deng. What has happened with him with respect to speaking to the media is that he was finally able to get his volatile emotions under control to say something that Bulls managment would not get to ticked off about.

    • dinofrank60 - Jan 12, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      I see what you’re saying; i think that he keeps Thibs out of the middle. Thibs doesn’t have to remind Noah to stay focused, and he doesn’t have hear it from management about keeping Noah under control.

  4. tfilarski - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    from a bulls fan, can’t live in this season any more Jo, think about the future

  5. jmmsr1 - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    This guy is a bum…who cares what he thinks or feels about the trade. Just play your game…thug.

    • forteetooo - Jan 12, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      This is a guy any team would be happy to have on their roster. Hard worker every game, every season. You’re a moron.

    • spliff219 - Jan 12, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      Your a bum. Hes a top 5 center in the league. What are you

  6. damaddwebba - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Top 5 center? That isn’t saying much the position is slowly dying. Dude is just a high energy guy with a big body.

    • chitownmatt - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      And he passes extremely well; makes good decisions; and plays D like his [his family’s, his pet’s] lives are depending on it.

      That along with the fact that he is a high energy guy with a big body makes him pretty valuable guy in the NBA.

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