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In the wake of the Chicago Bulls' Game 1 loss to the Cavaliers, Joakim Noah(notes) decided to make a couple million enemies in Ohio. Saying that Cleveland "sucks" and that "there is nothing going on" tends to have that effect. So when the Bulls returned to Quicken Loans arena, the outspoken big man was public enemy No. 1.
Feeding off the crowd's boos and repeated chants of "Noah sucks," the third year center balled out to the tune of 25 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, a block and a steal in the Bulls' Game 2 loss. Following the game he spoke with reporters who were more than a little curious about his feelings on Cleveland. You might not want to hear this, Ohioans.
But Joakim, people go to Cleveland all the time. It's one of America's hidden treasures, with its beaches of white sand, tropical climate, and beautiful palm trees.
Oh, that's Miami? Carry on, then.
Maybe he's just mad that his dad has yet to be inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Or it could be that he really dislikes "The Drew Carey Show." Whatever it is, the man has opinions, and he'll gladly share them with you.
As our very own Kelly Dwyer said, "Joakim Noah is learning, as it was with Charles Barkley, that we appreciate honesty." It's no wonder Barkley loves him so much. And while Cleveland might disagree about the whole honesty thing, the rest of us can just sit back and enjoy this burgeoning feud.
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