The image you see is of downtown Cleveland. Not the fanciest or vacation-worthy city, but we Clevelanders still have love for it. Apparently, the same can’t be said for the Bull’s Joakim Noah. Since game 1 of the opening round of the 2010 NBA Playoffs that pits his Bulls against the NBA’s top team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, ‘Kim has been adamant about tearing apart the city with his words to the media. He’s been quoted saying “I don’t know about Cleveland, man, there is nothing going on. It’s bad, man” and “I never heard anyone say I’m going to Cleveland on vacation.”
Setting the city off into a frenzy with hate aimed at ‘Kim would be an understatement. There were chants of “Noah sucks!” and a bevy of boo’s all throughout game 2, where the Cavaliers beat the Bulls 112 – 102. This won’t be any different in the upcoming games as he continues his tirade against C-town. But is all his talk doing any good for his team? Is it motivating him, an above average center that averaged 11pts 11reb per game in the regular season? He certainly came strong in last night’s game, putting up 25 pts 13reb, but it wasn’t enough to stop King James’ 40 pts 8reb 8ast. So, what is all this yapping doing?
Is it firing me, a Cavaliers fan and a homegrown Clevelander, up? No doubt about that.
Is it enticing fans to riddle Noah with hate during every minute of his stay in Cleveland? You betcha.
Is it getting to the Cavs? Not so much. Adversely for the Bulls, it’s just motivated LBJ and the team THAT much more.
The Cavaliers are focused and though their defense was less than stellar last night, they know what’s at hand and realize that the Chicago Bulls will inevitably just be a stepping stone as they fight towards getting back to the NBA Finals. That’s right Noah, all your words are for naught. You despise the city that’s handing it to you two games to zero, so LeBron James and co. plan to help you get back home as soon as possible so you can enjoy some of your own vacation spots.
I personally held back as much as I could on my disdain for Noah, but what do you think of his constant yapping? He obviously has the right to say what he pleases to help him get fired up – but 2 games down and being the 8th seed against the top seeded Cavs, is it about time he just shuts up, plays his game and await his destiny of a first round bump? Sound off.