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Noah wants 'Melo on Bulls
All-Star Weekend is a time for the NBA's best to socialize and schmooze, and Joakim Noah took advantage of that opportunity in a somewhat Machiavellian way. Noah told Carmelo Anthony during the break that he wanted Anthony on the Bulls, a sentiment evidently also shared by Derrick Rose, who reportedly offered to personally recruit Anthony. Playing with Noah and Rose might be a tempting opportunity for Anthony. Though he has been putting up great numbers this season and he'd stand to make much more money in New York, he's stuck on a 22-40 team that would need some kind of miracle to make the playoffs even in a weak Eastern Conference.
A sport's "unwritten rules" are generally unwritten for a reason, but for some players, they are of paramount importance. Kendrick Perkins hasn't been having the best season, but he was able to eject Bulls center Joakim Noah from the Thunder's locker room when Noah tried to visit Thabo Sefolosha. Sefolosha had visited the Bulls' locker room without incident after the Thunder's 107-95 win, but when Noah returned with him to the Thunder's den, Perkins took offense, saying, "They just let anybody in the locker room?" Noah wisely made his exit, but the two exchanged words again outside the locker room. Fortunately, nothing else transpired, otherwise this would just be sad. Right now, it's sad and hilarious.
Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story:
Joakim Noah doesn't think Cleveland is a vacation destination? Clearly, the guy isn't spending enough time on ESPN Travel. He'd know about the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, the Great Lakes Science Center, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Progressive Field and the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Oh yes, we said the Cleveland Botanical Garden.
Want to know where Clevelanders think you can stick that spiny desert, Joakim?
Anyway, Noah's travel reviews, while not exactly Bill Bryson, got us wondering about the NBA playoffs as a vacation planner. Would you rather spend a week in Cleveland than Oklahoma City or Milwaukee? Where does Noah's professional home rank? Rank 'Em.
It's funny to watch Joakim run his mouth, especially after he got schooled by a 38-year old Shaq.
I ... disagree with Noah's assessment of Cleveland. There are worse NBA cities to be stuck in for four days, trust me. Just need to know where to go in Cleveland. (Example: Best Vietnamese food I've ever had, except for in NY's Chinatown, was in Cleveland.) Full transcript