Joakim Noah speaks on Luol Deng trade

(If the embedded video doesn't work for you, you can see it here at CSNChicago.com.)

Noah broke his media silence last night (after the Bulls won again!) and it was worth the wait. He was emotional, yet level-headed about the whole thing. ESPNChicago has a lot of the quotes, this probably sums it up best.

A lot of people say this is a business and all that but this game is more than a business to me. I put everything I got into this. I feel like Lu was the same way so it was hard for me to digest. But that's just my perspective, that's just my side of the story. Everybody has a different job. I'm not mad at anybody. I'm not mad at the organization or anything like that. It's just that my brother isn't here anymore. So I just needed a little bit of time to digest that.

There was a lot of talk about personal and team pride, maintaining that it's his job to win, and the front office's job  to look at the bigger picture.

That's the way I see it. They see the game differently. They're not out there on the court. They're not out there on the plane. They don't know how much Lu meant to me personally.

Though perhaps the biggest news from Noah is that his non-tanking edict was backed up by the Org.

Noah said he discussed the deal with Bulls general manager Gar Forman and executive vice president John Paxson. The message he received from them was unmistakable.

"[They imparted] that there's no tanking," Noah said. "There's no tanking, and that's it."

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