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Bulls Joakim Noah Blames Contract Extension on Poor Performance
The Chicago Bulls are playing just as well as last year if not better and again hold the number one record in the league at 18-6. A now healthy Rose is playing phenomenal along with the Bulls bench. With a slow start to the season, Forward Joakim Noah felt as though his poor performance hasn’t helped much. Noah is putting blame to his new contract extension as the blame behind it all.
Via Chicago Tribune:
“Yeah, no question, I thought about that,” Noah said. “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’ve always been a player who reacts well to criticism and doubters,” Noah said. “I feel my teammates were always behind me. But I knew as well as anyone how poorly I was playing. 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.
“In the beginning of the year, I was overthinking a lot. I was going through a lot of things personally. I feel a lot more comfortable now. I have to stop overthinking and just play.”
Noah seems like he starting to be himself, averaging 13.3 points and 13.3 rebounds in the Bulls last three games.
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