Even as the first round of the playoffs pitting the Cavs against the Chicago Bulls moves along, Clevelanders are still seeing red for the comments Bulls player Joakim Noah made early in the series. After the young player bashed Cleveland during the regular season, fans took to booing him during the playoff games and ranting about him outside of the Q. We took to the streets to see what Cavs fans had to say.
“Whether Cleveland sucks or not is probably beyond the point. Smack talk from a .500 team before probably the biggest game of the series isn’t the best idea in the world. And, even though Noah had arguably one of the best playoff games of his life in Tuesday night’s game, the Bulls are 0-2 in the series after we just absorbed their best shot. I’d also say, courtesy of the movie ‘Gran Torino,’ you ever come across a city you just shouldn’t have messed with? Well, that’s Cleveland.” – Elliot McGrane
“I just laughed off Noah’s comments. He is the type of player who likes to run his mouth, and he wants to get a reaction out of people. Since he isn’t the best player and on a mediocre team, it’s the only way he can get people interested in him outside of Chicago. Cleveland isn’t the best city, but he’s only here for a few days. He shouldn’t be going out anyway when you’re trying to win a playoff game. It’s just going to fuel the fans more to boo him, but it won’t affect the series much otherwise. He’s used to getting booed, so it won’t affect his play, and the Bulls don’t have a chance to beat the Cavs this year with the talent we have.” – KT Wright
“I have never liked Noah and have always thought he lacked respect. After he won the national title at Florida, he made some comments (that) I thought were immature. As for his comments on Cleveland, more than anything I think it is extremely disrespectful. There is no reason for a player to make a comment like that regarding any city. If you don’t like a place, that is your opinion, but keep it to yourself. It just makes you look like classless. LeBron, Shaq, Z or even Varejao, who most people compare Noah to, would never make that kind of comment. He is trying to ruffle feathers, and I hope it motivates the Cavs even more.” – Doug DiLillo
“I think Noah is definitely trying to be painted as the bad guy of the series. He was only looking to ruffle some feathers by saying what he did regarding Cleveland, which, to some extent, worked in his favor Tuesday night, as he did have a great game. Ultimately, though, his comments mean nothing for the series, because the Cavs are going to keep pushing through – this is our year!” – Kalyn Heatwole Mann
“I feel like the general consensus is that Noah has been babied his whole life and tries to portray something he’s not. I’ve gone to a lot of games, and I’ve never seen the fans this upset or brutal to one specific player. The whole arena was chanting, ‘Noah sucks!’ basically the last two quarters, and even I chimed in, which I don’t normally do. You could just tell by being there that he was not liked at all.” – Kristin Kouvas
“I think that Noah can talk all he wants, but all his comments mean nothing when they are down two games to none. I also think that the more he trash talks about the CLE, the more fired up the Cavs and fans get; therefore, keep talking trash, and let us prove how wrong he is!” – Jaime Frankino
“I was pissed about the comments. He doesn’t know anything about the city. He said himself he was just sitting in his hotel room looking out the window. If you’re going to say a city sucks, you should at least try to spend some time out around the city. I don’t think it will affect the series in that the Bulls really had no chance to begin with. The only thing it may help us with is not having a letdown game because it will provide a little extra motivation.” – Mike Kilgore
“As the biggest Cavs fan you’ll ever meet, Noah’s comments really mean very little to me or the Cavs themselves. Ever since he was at Florida, I’ve always just thought of Joakim Noah as an incredibly ignorant human being with a very limited mental capacity. However, he is an incredible basketball player.
The comments mean nothing to the series, except that during the home games our fans yell louder. This is not like the old Cavs/Bulls series between the two teams in the ’80s and ’90s; a couple of those series were hotly contested. It’s really no different than what DeShawn Stevenson and the Wizards did. The series outcome would be the same no matter what. Chicago is vastly inferior and was fortunate to get in the playoffs. The comments have no effect on altering basketball results. They are the 16th best team in the NBA, while the Cavs are the best of the 30 teams. Go Cavs, and bring on Garnett, who hopefully we will boo just as loudly.” – Ross DiBello
“I didn’t hear all of what Noah said, but I know he bad-mouthed Cleveland and said it was a nasty place. I don’t think he should say anything unless they have something to back it up with, like a win.” – Andrea Velotta
“Coming from Chicago, Cleveland is small, and on a random night of the week, downtown is probably slow. Cleveland is sometimes an insiders’ type of town; it’s about knowing neighborhoods and great little spots. Some nights, it’s hopping and obvious where to go. Other nights, you need to dig around a little to know what’s cooking.” – Susie Vitale