Noah on Heat: Very scary!


DEERFIELD, Ill. — Chicago center Joakim Noah inadvertently painted a target on his back last spring during the Bulls-Cavaliers first-round series in the Eastern Conference playoffs with some throwaway remarks about Cleveland.

He didn’t say anything similarly snide about Miami Monday. Either the city or its newly constructed, superstar-laden, widely criticized basketball team. Quite the opposite.

“There’s just been so much talk this offseason,” Noah told media at the Bulls’ Media Day. “I just feel like all we’ve been doing is talking. I’m really ready to go out there and play. Who knows what that’s going to look like? Who knows what D-Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron is going to look like?

“Me personally, I think it’s going to be pretty good. So our mindset has to be, be the best that we can be and then see if we can compete with those guys. Who knows? Is it going to be good? Is it going to be bad? I know a lot of people want it to be bad because it could also be very, very scary.”

People who question the Heat’s ability to instantly create a championship-caliber team, Noah said, forget that plenty of teams have made significant changes this offseason. Chicago included.

“Can we compete with those guys? I hope so,” said the 6-foot-11 center, who averaged 10.7 points and 11.0 rebounds in his third season. “I think we have the potential to. But there’s a lot of question marks about this team right now. we have a new coach, we have a lot of new players. The same things that people are saying negative things about Miami, we have very similar issues.

“Are we going to be able to gel together? Things like that are things that people tend to say, ‘Oh, the Bulls have all figured out. But Miami doesn’t.’ There’s a lot of talking. Let’s go out there and play and see what happens.”

Noah, addressing trade speculation that had him among possible packages for Denver’s Carmelo Anthony, said he was happy to still be in Chicago. He declined to comment on talks with Bulls management about a contract extension, which can be negotiated until Oct. 31.

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  2. Zzanzabar says:

    This is why Chicago doesn’t want to lose this guy even for a top 5 player. You KNOW that when he is on the floor he will leave it all out on the court. Noah is definitely a throwback to centers of the past like Wes Unseld. Not the most skilled, but with out a doubt the biggest heart.

  3. Miami Big Three Fan says:

    Noah is certainly right….and his honesty shows what kind of player he is and will become….FEARLESS! Good luck Chicago…hope you have a great year!!

  4. Kofi Kyei says:

    Yeah, Noah, God bless u for the truth its going to be scary this season with miama bcos they’re out for a win atitle and win more, we the people in Ghana are all waiting to see this happened, lol go go LeBron go go Maimi

    • Nourah says:

      Yeah my bro from Ghana! You got it RIGHT…The Heat is on a mission. Im sure they can win it all this season. Probably they will have to create a real chemistry at first but then…. Im sure they’ll be able to make it happen. LBJ is my all time favorite… Go James, Go Heat!

      • Prosper Amponsah says:

        Is nice to hear from heat fans from my home country, Ghana. I can’t wait for the season to start. It will be crazy to watch the heat play. It’s still surreal to me that these three are going to play on one team (my team). LEBRON and WADE on the same team? Plus BOSH in the post? Man, the other teams should be worried. Although, the Kobe and the lakers are the team to beat since they are the champs. Every basketball fan should mark CHRISTMAS DAY on their calender. Also, Noah is the next Charles Barkley. He’s a very honest guy and I loved his comment last year about Cleveland being BORING. It’s scary to watch him shoot free throws though.

  5. VicE CitY says:

    Thats why i like noah yo this dude always talk the truth thats why i like him and im a dwade fan