Noah, Deng enjoy all-star experience

Noah, Deng enjoy all-star experience

Posted by mikemcgraw on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 12:50

Joakim Noah and Luol Deng held their own in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game.

While, the East lost 143-138, Noah finished with 8 points and 10 rebounds in 16 minutes. He was on the floor at the end of the game, with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, when the East tried to make a late comeback.

Here's what Noah had to say about the experience, according to

"I felt I might as well go out there and just give it everything I’ve got," Noah told reporters in Houston. "I can’t half (speed) because otherwise I’d really look like (crud).

“I had a lot of fun. I haven’t slept in three days. That’s for real. There’s not one of my friends who isn’t here. I got my pops (former tennis pro Yannick Noah) here. I'm looking up, he’s smiling and proud. It means everything to me."

Noah said he got a chance to set aside his competitive feuds with James and Kevin Garnett and actually bond with his all-star teammates.

"Just being able to spend some time with these guys you view as kind of like the enemy," Noah said. "Every summer I work out, I think of all these guys, how they’re in the way of what I want. And that’s a championship.

“To be able to spend a little time and talk to them, vibe with them, check out their routines -- it’s pretty interesting. I’m not friends with them, it just gives you a little more. You have to respect the game. These are the best players in the game."

Deng scored 10 points in 17 minutes and took a decent amount of shots (4-for-10). This was his second straight all-star appearance. He played sparingly last year because of his wrist injury.

“It was cool,” Deng said. “Not my type of game, but it’s fun. I played D like once. That was a good feeling not having to play D. Jo played his game. He played like how Jo played. He was having fun, got to know the guys a little bit. They got to know what Joakim is like."

The Bulls are scheduled to practice at the Berto Center on Monday, then will head to New Orleans for Tuesday's game against the Hornets.

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