Noah responds to Miller's departure

July, 17, 2010
7/17/10
7:23
PM CT
Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
Archive
[+] EnlargeBrad Miller and Joakim Noah
Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesBrad Miller was a mentor to Joakim Noah.
LAS VEGAS -- Brad Miller's signing with the Houston Rockets hit a lot of people in Chicago hard, but maybe none more so than his close friend and teammate Joakim Noah.


The young Bulls center was sad to hear the news that his veteran mentor was on his way to Texas after agreeing to a three-year, $15-million deal on Saturday with the Rockets.

"I learned a lot from Brad," he said in a text message to ESPNChicago.com. "It's going to be very different with him not around. He's a real professional."

The pair struck up a bond after Miller was traded back to the Bulls in the middle of the 2008-09 season. They could usually be seen joking around about something in the Bulls locker room and Noah consistently referred to his buddy as "The Duck." The Bulls had hoped to bring back Miller to continue to serve as a backup center/mentor to Noah.

"I wish him nothing but the best," Noah continued. "We're going to miss the bash brothers."

Nick Friedell | email

Chicago Bulls beat reporter
Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5