Joakim Noah Piles On: 'What's So Good About Cleveland?'
"What's so good about Cleveland?" he said after the Bulls had fallen behind the Cleveland Cavaliers 2-0 in the first-round NBA series.
There was more.
"You like it?" Noah said. "You think Cleveland is cool? I've never heard anyone say, 'I'm going to Cleveland on vacation.'"
To think there was no mention of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
As for being booed at saying that a night off in Cleveland was "bad" and that Cleveland "sucks," Noah shrugged.
"My whole life I've been booed," he said. "College, I was getting booed a lot. Boston ... they don't like me over there.
"They don't like me over here, either. It's OK. I have my friends. I don't care."
Noah spoke through the disappointment of a 112-102 loss in a game when the Bulls did a lot of things right. But they weren't right enough.
"I think we played real hard," Noah said. "I think they just hit some real tough shots down the stretch. They didn't get fazed by our runs."
Prior to the game, Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro called Noah a free spirit who speaks from the heart. "You guys get all riled up about it and he's back in here laughing," Del Negro said, nodding to the locker room. Then he said Noah had to back up his words. He did, with 25 points and 13 rebounds, seven offensive.
"He was just fantastic for us," Del Negro said, ticking off a list of other Bulls who played well. But the Cavs won, and Noah had a difficult time accepting the fact the Bulls played so well but lost because LeBron James kept making jump shot after jump shot.
"Yes, it's tough," Noah said. "But we have to play them again so I don't want to be up here and just give LeBron all this credit."
During the game the Cavs put Noah's off-day quotes on the big screen at center court.
Then he said: "We have some tough fans too."