Sunday, January 12th, 2014 at 11:27 am  |  8 responses

Joakim Noah on the Luol Deng Trade: It ‘Definitely Hurt’


When Chicago moved Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Andrew Bynum and Draft picks—so just cap relief and picks, essentially—it was expected that some of the guys on the Bulls wouldn’t be too happy. Big man Joakim Noah was honest about the hurt he felt, but also said he’s since learned he needs to move on. Per the Chicago Sun Times

While Noah wasn’t pointing fingers at his organization for trading Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers, he wasn’t thrilled with the decision.

“The trade definitely hurt, but we got to move on,’’ Noah said. “But I feel confident in this team. We’re working really hard, but 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.

“So I feel like Lu was the same way. It was hard for me to digest, but that’s just my perspective, that’s my side of the story. Everyone 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 anymore. I just needed a little bit of time to digest that.’’

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  • Madterps

    The Bulls might not be able to go far but judging from the weak Eastern conference, they have a good chance of making the playoffs. Will Thib allow them to tank? Is Thibs still bitter about the trade and winds up coaching them to the playoffs and ruining the GM’s plan to end up high in the lottery?

  • spit hot fiyah

    they should have asked noah how he thought luol will like Cleveland

  • Saleem Rainman

    that woulda beeen hilarious

  • JibbsIsBallin

    Noah is one of the most emotional players in the game. I’d say him and KG are up there and they’re extremely loyal which is hard to come by these days. But at the end of the day, it’s a business.

  • Billy Hoyle

    I guess Noah won’t be taking any vacations to visit Deng there

  • Jake

    Blow it up! Trade everyone! It’s 1998 all over again, but without the successful 3 peat. Can we draft Corey Benjamin, Marcus Fizer and Khalid El-Amin again please? How about Kornel David or Eddy Curry?

  • Dfrance

    I got a lot of respect for Noah. He wears his heart on his sleeve and is always candid when answering questions. He coulda took the generic “its a business” route here, but he let us know exactly how he’s really feeling.

  • Wings23


    I’d want to be boys with Noah more than anyone else in the NBA