After small forward Luol Deng was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this week, former teammate Joakim Noah has decided not to speak with the media, remaining mute even after Friday night's 81-72 road win against the Milwaukee Bucks, pushing the silent streak to three consecutive days.
Noah and Deng were teammates since 2007 and up until this week had spent their entire NBA careers with the Bulls. The All-Star center is well-known for his emotional outbursts on and off the court, and this might be one of the reasons why he has chosen to remain quiet on the front office's decision to part ways with Deng.
Deng made his debut with the Cavaliers on Friday night in a win over the Utah Jazz, scoring 10 points and logging 21 minutes — well below the 36 minutes he averaged with the Bulls.
The SportsTalk Live panel discussed the issue on Friday's show.
"Things have to be done with this team. They have to be done," Frankie O said. "They signed up for this profession where there are going to be tough decisions. I get it, to play how they have played you have to become very close and it's a very, very emotional thing but obviously things happen. And I kind of respect the fact if I'm (Noah) not ready to speak out in public then maybe I shouldn't do it."
Check out the video above for the full discussion.