Bulls' Noah affected by contract

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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?

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