Bulls' Noah affected by contract


Bulls' Noah affected by contract

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah hasn't been putting up similar numbers as he did last season and while his stats have decreased the size of his wallet has grown.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Noah's five-year 60 million contract extension signed in October 2010 has put a dent in his performance.

He told the Tribune, "Sometimes you feel like because you're given so much money you're expected to do things. That's not the right mentality to have as a player.

"I have to play my game. I have to have fun out there. If I don't, I'm not the same player."

He hasn't really been the same player as of late. Last season he averaged 11.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. So far this season he's averaging 8.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Near the beginning of the season he had a four-game drought where he had just four rebounds but picked up the pace, averaging 6.7 points and 8.0 rebounds after 15 games.

"I knew as well as anyone how poorly I was playing," Noah told the Tribune. "And not only wasn't I playing well, but I was putting a lot of pressure on myself. I wasn't playing loose out there. I was playing tight."

Noah went on to explain in the interview that he was just over-thinking on the court and insists that it has nothing to do with being out of shape and he knows he can improve.

"You always have to put yourself in question," he said. "But I'm feeling a lot more confident now."

Do you think Noah's game will improve in the future considering he's realized what the problem may be? What do you expect out of him this season?

Doug McDermott, Kyle Korver return to Creighton for NBA preseason game

Doug McDermott, Kyle Korver return to Creighton for NBA preseason game

Competing in Nebraska may have been foreign for most Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks players, but Doug McDermott and Kyle Korver were right at home. 

The veterans, who both starred at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., returned to their college stomping grounds for NBA preseason action Thursday night. Korver's Hawks got the best of McDermott's Bulls, 97-81, on Creighton's home floor.

Both had illustrious careers for the Blue Jays basketball squad. McDermott, who graduated in 2014, won the Wooden Award his senior season and is the all-time leading scorer. Korver, as you may have guessed, holds the school record for most three-pointers made. Fans at Thursday's game got a flashback from these glory days, as both logged significant minutes and put up offensive numbers. 

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McDermott didn't have his best shooting night, but knocked down two triples and finished with 16 points. Korver also scored 16, splashing in four from beyond the arc. 

Afterwards, McDermott thanked the Omaha faithful via Twitter. 


With the loss, the Bulls' preseason ends with a record of 3-4. They open regular season play on Oct. 27 against the Boston Celtics. 


Bulls drop preseason finale to Dwight Howard, Hawks

Bulls drop preseason finale to Dwight Howard, Hawks

OMAHA, Neb. — Dwight Howard had 16 points and 15 rebounds in a 97-81 win over the Bulls.

Kyle Korver, who played at Creighton, also scored 16 points as Atlanta finished the preseason 5-2.

Jimmy Butler scored 16 points as Chicago wrapped up exhibition play at 3-4.

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HAWKS: Kent Bazemore had 15 points and nine rebounds. ... Korver made four 3-pointers.

BULLS: Doug McDermott, another former Creighton star playing in his college arena, scored 16 points but shot 5 for 15. ... Dwyane Wade (3 for 14) and Rajon Rondo (1 for 7) combined for just 11 points. Both had six assists.

UP NEXT: Atlanta (5-2) hosts Washington next Thursday in its season opener. Chicago (3-4) also opens Thursday against Boston.