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Joakim Noah admits deal hurt play

Updated: February 2, 2012, 11:24 AM ET
ESPNChicago.com

He got a raise but his numbers were down, and now Joakim Noah is saying that the pressure of a big contract was affecting his play.

"Yeah, no question, I thought about that," Noah said, according to the Chicago Tribune. "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 have to play my game. I have to have fun out there. If I don't, I'm not the same player."

Noah signed a five-year, $60 ...

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