After the Chicago Bulls traded Luol Deng to Cleveland earlier this week, Joakim Noah dodged the media for several days. Late Friday, Teddy Greenstein wondered in the Chicago Tribune if Noah’s silence was a result of his being irate at the swap:
It was believed that he would address the media – all of four Chicago-based reporters – after the Bulls’ Friday morning shootaround at the Bradley Center. But Noah told a team official that he would remain mute. It begs the question: Just how angry is Noah? And is his silent act hindering the Bulls in their effort to turn the page on the deal?
While Indignation may indeed have been the case at the time, Noah suggested last night that he was not furious with Bulls management, but did not hide his emotional disappointment about losing his longtime teammate.
“The trade definitely hurt,” Noah said, via Sean Highkin at USA Today. “I know 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. I feel like Lu was the same way, so it was hard for me to digest. But that’s just my perspective. Everybody has a different job. I’m not mad at anybody. I’m not mad at the organization or anything like that. It’s just that my brother isn’t here, so I just need time to digest that.”
Later in the story, Noah took issue with the idea that the team would be tanking — they’re 3-0 since the trade — assuring everyone around the NBA that Bulls would continue to give “150%”.
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