Bulls' Noah: We'll be better in 2010

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was careful not to tread into tampering territory Tuesday, but when asked to compare Chicago to New York, Noah ran with it.

"I think the difference is we're going to win a lot more ballgames over there," Noah said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000 while visiting family in New York. "The future is really bright in Chicago.

"It's really exciting to be a part of it, and things are looking pretty good."

Whether Noah, or anyone, can recruit LeBron James or another elite free agent to Chicago will play out when the market opens on July 1. But one thing Noah believes to be fact is the Bulls will improve.

"Depending on the pieces that we get," Noah said, when asked if the Bulls will be a title contender. "I know one thing, we'll definitely be a better team next year, and that's exciting.

"If we keep improving, and one day be able to ... play for a championship, that's a beautiful thing. I'm willing to put in all the work and all the effort to try to get to that level one day. We definitely have a chance and opportunity to do that."

Noah said he recently visited Maui, Hawaii, and plans to head to Paris, before visiting his grandfather -- "the wise man of the family" -- in Africa.

Asked if he has any plans to visit beaches in Cleveland, where he made headlines by criticizing the city during the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Noah said: "Do they have beaches over there? I'll pass.

"The only thing I regret is now everyone on the street is 'Yo Cleveland ... Cleveland ... Cleveland sucks.' I kind of put that on myself."