"I did not talk to LeBron," Noah said. "I reached out to LeBron. I think of course he's a great player, and I wanted to win, and he would have definitely helped. That being said, he did not reach back out to me. He did not want to talk to me, which is fine, I really don't give a [crap] at all. I really don't care. I think we have a really good team, and we're going to be ready to compete against the Miami Heat."
Noah didn’t think James would leave the Cavaliers, but the former University of Florida star understands James wanting to play in Florida.
"I thought he was going to stay, honestly," he said. "I'm not really mad at the fact that he went to Miami. When I had the chance to pick where I was going, at the college level, I picked [University of] Florida as well. It's a great place. Florida's awesome.
“But I really like the dynamics of our team. I think that we're going to be that blue-collar team that people aren't really talking about. They want to talk about [the Heat], but I think when you look at all our pieces I think we're going to be battling them for a long time."
As it pertains to Bosh's choice, his feelings are a little stronger.
"I talked to Bosh a few times, went to see him in Chicago a lot, didn't get to talk to Wade," he said. "I thought [Bosh] wanted to come to Chicago, and the way he was talking and stuff like that, I got to spend a lot of time with him, but he was really interested in playing, from what I got from him, I thought he was really interested in playing with D. Wade and playing with LeBron."
While Bosh's attitude appears to have rubbed Noah the wrong way, Noah respects the mind set of Carlos Boozer, who signed with the Bulls.
"What I loved about Carlos, because I spent some time with him too, is he didn't care about that," Noah said. "He was like, ‘Man, I'm ready to come to Chicago, I'm not worried about all the other [decisions] … I'm not worried about anybody else's decision, I'm trying to get it poppin' right away.’
“I thought that was just real man talk. I like that. It wasn't, ‘Yeah, but if he does this and then he does that, this is what I'm going to do.’ I feel like he made the decision by himself, and I respect that. That's why I really like the Carlos Boozer decision."
Like many others, Noah is left to wonder whether James, Bosh or Wade ever truly considered coming to Chicago.
"Who knows?," he said. "Who knows if they had been talking about it for a long time? Who knows if it was all organized from a long time ago? Did D. Wade really consider coming to Chicago? I'm not really the one to say. I know that in the beginning I was kind of weirded out by it. But you know what … everything in life has a purpose, and I feel like we're going to be that blue-collar team that's going to come up and step to them and take away what they want."