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Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  31 responses

Joakim Noah: ‘I Want to Stay in Chicago’

With trade talks swirling, Noah tells the press in Chicago that though he understands the business aspect, he wants to remain in town: “It’s a strange feeling, because any given day you can always get traded to a city that you really don’t know anything about,’ Noah said Wednesday after speaking to students at Lathrop Elementary School. ‘But at the same time, you look at the big picture. Things could be a lot worse. But my goal is I want to stay in Chicago. I think we can do something really special here. I hope that I can be a part of it’ … ‘Obviously, Carmelo is a great player,’ Noah said. ‘But we are also very good right now. I really enjoy playing with guys like Luol Deng and Taj Gibson and other guys who are rumored (to be) in that trade. So, yeah, either way it will be fine. I think it’s part of the business,’ he said. ‘I think it is something that happens in sports. I think right now I just have to get ready to control what I can control as a player, and that’s getting ready for the season. As far as I know, I am still part of the Bulls today. I look at (being desired by another team) as a compliment, but I want to stay in Chicago. I also understand the caliber of player Carmelo Anthony is, so we will see what happens.’”

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  • abaci

    I don’t think Noah is an elite player ( Top 50? No way ) but I do think he is a damn good player.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Didn’t he just recently turn down an extension offer?

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    (Most of) Chicago wants Joakim to stay too.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    And to his credit, he sounds pretty secure with the business end of things so props to him for that.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    And I hope he’s ready for it because on Monday, he’s going to be bombarded with trade questions and questions about that extension he turned down.

  • JoeMaMa

    He’s a winner. A two time NCAA champion. I think that’s why Chicago won’t let him go…he’s gotten better every year, plays hard, Ds up well, and doesn’t take sh*t from anyone. Just about every team wants/needs a Noah.

  • Wilson

    TRADE HIM TO CLEVELAND.

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    @Wilson, Cleveland doesn’t need two Anderson Varejaos.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I was just reminded that Donnie Walsh included a first round draft pick in the T-Mac trade with Houston last year…
    WTH!
    They didn’t even resign T-Mac, and now they don’t have a first rounder to use to get Melo.
    And people complained about Isiah?
    A first rounder for the ghost formerly known as T-Mac?
    Really?
    And they gave up their first round draft pick, Jordan Hill!
    Wow.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Sideshow Kim

  • Dirk Simmons

    @Eboy, No, he didn’t turn down an extension. They just haven’t reached one. He has repeatedly said he wants to stay in Chicago. It’s not just that we’d have to give up Noah, but Deng and everyone else. We need to work some three team deal to make this happen, because I don’t want to give up Noah.

  • dsleepy

    love noah (no homo) he and D.Rose could be the core of a special team for many years to come. but then again, a chance to get melo doesn’t come around too often. if they opportunity is there you gotta pull the trigger, unless you’re expecting rose to become a true elite player in the next year or 2.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    @Allenp: I think the Knick’s front office makes decisions with a dart board.

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    Dude’s a pro and a great player. Noah reminds me of Varejao but without the effeminate swagger.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    We shouldn’t trade Noah. More importantly, we don’t need to trade Noah in order to get Melo. Melo wants out of Denver. Knicks offer isn’t as enticing because they don’t have draft picks to offer. Rumors are out there that the Nets won’t include Favors now. If that’s true Deng and Gibson with a first round pick is the best offer on the board. Hold your ground and tell Denver to take it or leave it.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/ Diesel

    And there is no comparing Noah and Varejao. They have similar hair and they both hustle. Other than that Noah is in a different league. So everyone please stop with the comparisons.

  • Jer Boi

    At least Denver isn’t Cleveland

  • larrylegend
  • JayfromdaCHI

    Im a die hard bulls fan n i dnt want to trade noah for melo it aint worth it we have a good team now ok yea we could use a closer because ever team will eventually realize they need to double DROSE on when da game is on da line but no i wouldnt trade noah for melo…. this is DROSE team not melos

  • Aaron

    His attitude and hustle are indeed rare qualities to find in a player in the L, but I firmly believe his stock is WAY too high at the moment.

  • Robb

    If the Bulls are smart they won’t trade him. Boozer needs help inside the paint. You need defense and Carmelo as good as he is, can’t help as much as Noah. I hope he stays. Man I remember those series against the Celtics, Noah was such a hustler.

  • SpaceJam

    If my Bulls trade Noah they are one of the stupidest organizations. In the sense that they got one of the worst defensive pf in the league. If they trade Noah, Kurt “Old Man” Thomas and Brian “Human Torch” Scalibrine have to hold the front court. Then we’re screwed against Miami Because our only advantage is the pg because our bench is depleted and we’re equal at center.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    When the Bulls drafted Tyson Chandler and Eddy Curry, the idea was that in time Curry would be a low post scoring presence, someone who would shoot a high % and give you 20 a night, and Chandler would be a beast on the defensive end, pulling down double-digit rebounds nightly, blocking shots, being a pest on defense and all that. Obviously that never panned out, but that’s exactly what the Bulls have in Boozer and Noah now. Twenty years ago the Bulls wouldn’t think twice of shipping out someone of Noah’s talents for a 27 ppg scored, and Noah would not have been able to demand so much money, but in this day and age, with not many good centers around, yes he is an elite center. There are so very few centers these days that can do what he does.

  • Exile

    Big Gamble either way. I would think that both teams can work… The biggest benefit of keeping Noah is that the team identity would be constant, where as the Melo Bulls would need to figure themselves out.

  • DeAndre

    @AllenP
    New York Took T-Mac For Cap Space
    So They Could Spend Money For Free Agency
    Unfortunately The Only Big Free Agen Signing They Had Was Amar’e Stoudemire

  • hammer

    Do NOT trade him. Hustler,energetic,scrappy,gritty player w/heart a la jerome junkyard dog williams. Very valuable asset. Stats don’t tell the story w/this cat. Keep him chi!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I’ll say it again: If Carmelo Anthony couldn’t get past the first round with a 27 and 7 Allen Iverson, what makes you people think he’ll get anywhere with a 20 and 6 Derrick Rose?
    Don’t trade Noah.

  • Chou

    I’d give up a combo of Deng and Boozer come mid-season but not Noah. Taj Gibson has proven to be serviceable at the 4. Of course they have to use Melo on the block and make him stop jacking up those J’s.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @Teddy-the-Bear: No offense man, but I’m laughing my arse off at you thinking Allen Iverson is more a winner than Chauncey Billups. Oh and by the way, even Kevin Garnett only got past the first round ONE time in the Western Confernece with the Timberwolves, and it was when he finally had a legit point guard in Sam Cassell and a winner on the wing in Latrell Sprewell. And guess what Teddy, the Timberwolves also got beat by the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals in 6 games, just like the Nuggets did. So yeah, putting Noah in the same class as Carmelo now, in the past or future is downright laughable. In fact, I wouldn’t even trade Anthony Randolph for JoaKIM Noah! BOOK IT!

  • john

    daily double-double, higher percentage shot taker than melo, super high motor, team player, gives the entire team a shot in the arm when he is on the floor, he’s fearless and causes havoc on both sides of the floor — the opponent has to keep up with him, which is exhausting. DO NOT TRADE JOAKIM NOAH. melo will score you a lot of points, why? because he takes a million shots. good player, but he plays with himself (pun intended). jordan won because he made everybody around him better. noah ain’t jordan, but he gives us that element, which is irreplaceable. DO NOT TRADE JOAKIM NOAH.

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