Monday, April 19th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  60 responses

Joakim Noah: ‘Cleveland Really Sucks’

Noah’s venting in between Games 1 and 2 was not limited to Kevin Garnett; he took on the city of Cleveland, too. From the Plain Dealer: “Joakim Noah was so close. He was just about to find some middle ground with Cavaliers fans, maybe even enough to temper the personalized boos a tad during Monday’s Game 2 when his Chicago Bulls attempt to even the playoff series. ‘I don’t know about Cleveland, man, there is nothing going on,’ Noah said Sunday, lamenting the options for his off day on a typical cloudy and chilly spring day. ‘It’s bad, man.’ When asked if his dislike for the town would motivate him more in the series, Noah continued.b’What, that Cleveland really sucks?’ Noah said.”

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  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    ha. well there’s one free agent they dont have to worry about.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Will be funny if he somehow ends up in Cleveland in 2016 or something.

  • BackInBlack

    yea… thats why their losing.

  • John

    What he trippin for this will be his last game here tonite then he can go fishing as they say on TNT ..

  • Yesse

    Maybe that’s why Shaq dunked on him. Maybe that’s why Noah decided to lean on him and almost fell to the ground when Shaq made a spin. Maybe that’s why, because they couldnt stop LeBron James. Joakim Noah is just jealous. He has to wait for his own time.

  • LA Huey

    Noah, I like you but you don’t want to antogonize any fanbase or superior team when you’re trying to win a 7-game series.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    You know what also sucks? Joakim on offense.

  • slamfan4life

    haha jo!

    and he’s prolly talkin bout the night life and stuff guys, chill

  • En Fuego

    i live in cleveland. yes, the city actually does suck. theres nothing to do here. but noah sucks at life!

  • mytiman

    Sometimes, its better to keep your mouth shut. I’m a big fan of yours because of your energy, but man this is inexcusable. Why ruin your focus by talking about KG? Good Lord, we need your rebounding ability, not this.

  • http://www.innoutnba.com Lucas Shapiro

    Is this Noah trying to convince LeBron to leave Cleveland?

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    i’m not a bulls fan or anything, but since I hate the cavs, it was fun to read this. and i’m POSITIVE that he’s talking about cleveland the city, not the basketball team. i wonder if lebron feels the same way (guess we’ll see this summer?)

  • neaorin

    Well after tonight he won’t have to come back until next season so it’s all good.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Jeezus, KG talk, Cleveland bashing, JoJo is truly endearing himself on the Nba East coast right now. Bravo. Now lets see some offense.

  • Fat Lever

    After seeing this vid, I might have to agree with Noah: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZzgAjjuqZM

  • Kent Kanada

    in other words…Noah: “Cleveland really sucks, they don’t have the chronic like Im use to…”

  • mj23

    Noah needs to keep his mouth shut.

  • mj23

    All the Bulls needed now is for Lebron to get even more fired up. We’ll be swept for sure now.

  • LA Huey

    @mj23, I don’t think LBJ has it in his blood to take petty slights from role players and make them regret it. That was a beautiful part of MJ’s competitive streak that I miss.

  • underdog

    Noah talks a bit too much these days. Win some games first, than talk after.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com TADOne

    Noah is a b*tch.

  • Diesel

    I mean its not like he’s lying. The only thing people in cleveland have to lean on is that they’re not detroit. Your city is a dump. You guys may be happy cuz you’re going to win the series, but then you still have to live in cleveland so it all balances out.

  • rikson

    Keep it down guys – he just dislikes the city…. jesus!

  • Diesel

    I’ve never won any NBA games…I can still tell when a city is crappy.

  • dave jojo

    Wow Jo JO them college day seems along time ago loser.

  • T-Money

    A correct statement may still be ill-advised. Considering that: a) you’re in a playoffs battle and you shouldn’t even think about nightlife opportunities; b) your team is a MAJOR underdog; c) the opposing crowd already hates you; and d) you got sh-tted on by the big fella in game 1… yeah, you may want to stop talking for a while.

  • Diesel

    T-money – do you really think the bulls will have a better chance of winning if Noah stops talking? Are you as upset with Lebron dancing DURING GAMES and pretty much doing everything he can to disrespectthe sport and hi competititors WHILE THE GAME IS GOING ON? At least Noah is waiting till after the game to act stupid.

  • T-Money

    Diesel: Re-read. I have nothing against Noah’s statement, I’ve never set foot in Cleveland. And this has nothing to do with LeBron dancing on the bench (not on the court) either. My point is that ”acting stupid” is not a good look when you’re getting served.

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    @enfuego: I understand that if you’re living in Cleveland, you have to think of a snappy comeback to post on SLAMonline. Because Joakim Noah insulting your city… oh my! But saying that Noah “sucks at life”… I don’t know you what you are doing for a living, but the guy is getting more than 7 million dollars to play basketball in the NBA over the next 2 years, I wish I sucked at life like that.

  • barnabusb

    Whatevs. It’s nice seeing a guy give an actual opinion for a change instead of just say, “Both teams played hard,” and other canned cliches.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Co-sign Gerard Himself. Seriously. Ha! Noah is beginning to become pretty entertaining.

  • jdubbs29

    Yeah, why tell the guy to shut up? He’s aiming to be this generations Barkley, and the world is better for it.

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    thanks and I agree with the 3 posters above me. I love that some players are still outspoken, and not your typical NBA robot.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I thought he was saying the “Cleveland Show” sucks..

  • D

    Haha Noah sucks at life? He’s done more with his life than you could ever dream of. JOAKIMS THE TRUTH. He says it how it is and nothing less. Cleveland does suck. I’ve been there, there ain’t shit to do there. CHITOWN STAND UP!

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  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    It just kills me that people think that the Cavs will somehow play harder because of Noah talking crap. The Cavs are the better team and they should win, bottom line.

  • BostonBaller

    Noah can say what he wants, if he were a superstar we’d bash him for even thinking about the night life. He’s young and will learn not to let the media twist his answers. lol. Speaking your mind is not always considered being honest it’s just one mans opinion. I love the playoffs!!!!

  • Rob

    I love Noah’s intensity and all but he seems to be looking for a “no regard for human life dunk” on his head

  • kite

    Perhaps his comments were a little ill-advised. But only because he should have forseen how it would be presented by the media and in turn perceived by the public. Being able to voice an opinion on any given subject by no means detracts from his ability to play basketball. That’s an absurd rationalization. And I’d say that his opinion regarding KG is shared by more than a few. Regarding his thoughts on Cleveland, I’ve been and Noah I hear you. But again, perhaps a little ill-advised.

  • LB6

    Noah is absolutely right…..that is the reason why I am planning on playing in New York next year…and this no matter what happens this year! I am just on to the next one!

  • barnabusb

    @LB6: Tell your moms to sit her ass down.

  • scompson

    lol @ LB6 trying to literally be lebron james. noah is the man, cleveland probably really does suck.

  • ripslam

    The dude sure likes the word “man”. Especially for a guy with a bushy ponytail.

  • http://alan.george@gmail.com Breeze

    I was gonna make a comment but with that LB6 dude this is foolery you cant be series.!

  • Fitz

    tell joakim to come to canada if he thinks cleveland sucks(exception =b.c.), and shut his f*ckin mouth while he’s at it.

  • MikeC.

    I also like that there are still some players out there with a genuine dislike for other players, teams and cities. This is a competition, and this is how it’s supposed to be. I bet you can’t find many Celtic fans that love Los Angeles. Or Knick fans that love Chicago or Miami(except the retirees who live in Miami and turn Miami games into virtual home games for the Knicks). It’s nice to see the players on our favourite teams drawing lines in the sand and saying “on this side of the line is us, and on the other side of the line is you, and you suck.”

  • MikeC.

    All that being said, I’m sure that once the Knicks are relevant again, and playing the Bulls in a game that means something, I’ll join the “I hate Noah” bandwagon too.

  • http://www.kwapt.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    It’s true. It’s a fact. Cleveland sucks. They have not won a major sports championship since 1964.

  • Rob

    LB6 you screwed up. The real Lebron talks about himself in the third person.

  • celtica

    Noah has an opinion to share on EVERYTHING. its like hes trying to re-ignite the nba of the 80′s and 90′s- with mutual hatred between teams that lead to great rivalries.

  • seanthepawn

    cleveland sucks… but…AT LEAST YOUR NOT DETROIT.


  • Coney Islander

    Have any of you guys been to Cleveland? He’s absolutely right! I mean being from NYC its an unfair comparison but seriously, that city is SUPER LAME!

  • appsr

    the good news for joakim is he won’t have to come back to cleveland till next year

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Heard Milwakee, Denver, and S.L.C are pretty lame too. Dont know cuz ive never been (besides airports) Noah for most improved and outspoken player of the year.

  • http://www.motherjones.com AndTheJellosJigglin

    Really though, has anyone ever heard of anyone going to Cleveland for vacation? Only problem is no one goes to Chicago for vacation either!

  • truthteller

    Why is everyone getting on Noah? Noah’s right:Cleveland really does suck! People from Cleveland know that. LeBron knows that!

  • dicey

    HAHA Muthaf*ck!n HA.Seriously.Cleveland does suck.I bet everyone on the Cavs,especially LeBron feels the same.

  • claire

    joakim noah: ugly on the outside, ugly on the inside.

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