Joakim Noah tells team­mates he’s done with Chicago Bulls

The African - - POT POURRI - CHICAGO, US

JOAKIM Noah has told team­mates in re­cent weeks that he is fin­ished play­ing for the Chicago Bulls, the Chicago Sun-Times re­ported last Wed­nes­day, say­ing he has no faith in team ex­ec­u­tives.

The news­pa­per re­ported Noah plans to take ad­van­tage of free agency be­cause, as one uniden­ti­fied player told the Sun-Times, he “has no trust in the front of­fice get­ting this in the right di­rec­tion.”

This past sea­son, the Bulls went 42-40, two games be­hind the Detroit Pis­tons for the last play­off berth in the East­ern Con­fer­ence.

The re­port said Noah did not cite his early sea­son ten­sion with first-year Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg as part of the rea­son he was look­ing to leave.

But the player did tell the news­pa­per that mul­ti­ple play­ers mis­trust Bulls gen­eral man­ager Gar For­man, Noah prime among them, and said that for­mer coach Tom Thi­bodeau was seen as a shield from the front of­fice while Hoiberg was seen as a For­man man.

“We know there’s at least one as­sis­tant (coach) that tells Gar every­thing that goes on,” the player said. “There are a lot of guys that have a prob­lem with that, and not just Jo.”

The re­port also said play­ers feel there is no ac­count­abil­ity for For­man be­cause he has a close re­la­tion­ship with Bulls pres­i­dent Michael Reins­dorf.

Noah, the 31-year-old son of re­tired French tennis leg­end Yan­nick Noah who en­tered the NBA in 2007, is com­ing off a poor sea­son with only 4.3 points and 8.8 re­bounds a game be­fore un­der­go­ing sea­son-end­ing shoul­der surgery af­ter only 29 games.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Tanzania

© PressReader. All rights reserved.