Chicago Bulls' center Joakim Noah admits it will be weird to face his former team-mate Luol Deng tonight as he faces off against 'his brother' for the first time since Deng's trade.
One of the NBA's most intriguing match-ups tonight is the Bulls' trip to Deng's new home in Cleveland. Last time out the Cavaliers lost to the Mavericks 102-97, whereas Chicago beat the Lakers in over-time.
Come tonight, there certainly won't be any love on offer for Deng from his old team-mates when the ball drops. Even though they still love him, it will be business as usual come 7pm ET.
"It will probably be weird," Noah told ESPN. "It will probably be strange but I still want to kick his ass right now. I feel like we're working hard in the conference. I love Luol. He's my brother. But when that ball goes up, he's not going to be my brother when the ball goes up."
Many of the Bulls' players are still reeling from the shock trade which saw Deng depart.
"It's going to be a weird feeling, man," fellow Bulls player Taj Gibson admitted. "I still haven't really gotten over it. It's going to be a weird feeling to see him in that opposite jersey. But then once the ball tips off it's all business. I know it's going to be all laughter and fun and games before the game, but once the ball goes up we're battling. Both teams are battling for playoff [spots]."