Joakim Noah Doesn’t Want Your Praise

by May 05, 2009

He’s got bigger goals for his team than losing in the first round: ‘‘It’s weird how everyone is so positive,’’ Noah said. ‘‘I went to breakfast this morning, and people started clapping in the restaurant. It was crazy. I was like, ‘Man, we lost in the first round.’ ‘‘You’ve got to be really mentally strong in the playoffs and take away the distractions. This is a great learning experience, and I’ll remember these moments for my whole life. But as a team, we’ve got to be hungry for more.’’