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Bulls' Joakim Noah: "Deng trade hurt"

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Joakim Noah was definitely in a sombre mood when he finally spoke to the media after a self imposed blackout following the trade of Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Noah lost a great friend in Deng, the two have been close on and off the court for seven years, and Joakim stayed silent as not to say anything that he may later regret.

Noah was upset that the head office made the move just to lower the budget - not for any high draft picks - and did not think about the effect it would have on the team and the possibility of tanking. 

But when the Chicago Bulls' forward did break his silence he spoke from the heart, however restrained his quotes seem. 

"The trade definitely hurt," Noah said, adding that he had spoken to Deng about it. "But we got to move on. I feel confident in this team; we're working really hard. 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."
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"It's hard to say because at the end of the day that's my brother," he said. "And he's not here anymore. 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."

Deng himself actually spoke about his own reluctance to move earlier in the week.

Quite the "Bro-mance" has been split up in Chicago. JD no longer has his Turk and don't you just feel sorry for him. 

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Chicago Bulls

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