This was right after James had been called for a traveling violation and refused to give Noah the ball so that he could inbound it. Noah was a feeling testy all game—he hit James with a pretty hard foul at one point—and he remained so afterward. From ESPN:

“I think we’re a confident group,” Noah said after the game. “And it would be great to play them in the playoffs. It would be very, very exciting, something that I really hope happens.”


“This is a great place to play basketball,” he said. “Other than that, there’s not much else to do. But when you get on to that court, it’s a great place to play basketball. That’s as much love as I’ll give to Cleveland.”

This is good stuff. The Eastern Conference playoffs are shaping up to be pretty boring, but a Cavs-Bulls series featuring a salty Joakim Noah doing that thing where he spends four games clapping in people’s faces and talking shit is something I can get behind.