DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine have propelled the Chicago Bulls back into the championship conversation. They have both been extraordinarily this season and each earned themselves a trip to the All-Star Game in Cleveland. The last time a Bulls All-Star discussed Cleveland, the feeling wasn’t so jovial.
Joakim Noah, a former All-Star with Chicago, made now-infamous remarks about the city when the Bulls were duking it out with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs. Noah was known as a frequent trash talker and didn’t stop at just opposing players. He openly asked what made Cleveland a worthwhile city.
Now that the Bulls have two All-Stars for the first time since 2016 and both will likely be playing in the All-Star Game, Noah offered up a new perspective on the city.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) February 4, 2022
The LaVine-DeRozan paring was met with harsh skepticism when the Bulls traded for DeRozan. In just their first season together, they’re embarrassing the doubters and are in a dogfight for the best record in the Eastern Conference. At the moment, they’re at the top.
The Bulls have yet to prove they can reach the heights that Noah’s Bulls teams did. With Derrick Rose leading the way, they ripped off a 62-win season and made it to the Eastern Conference Finals. During Noah’s tenure, Chi-Town was a staple of the playoffs. With LaVine and DeRozan, the squad could return to that level of dominance.