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News » Chicago Bulls Notes, Quotes 2009-11-13

Chicago Bulls Notes, Quotes 2009-11-13

Chicago Bulls Notes, Quotes 2009-11-13--Center Joakim Noah is off to a great start in his third NBA season. Heading into Wednesday's action, he ranked second in the league in rebounds at 12.4 per game. One change that can't be overlooked this season was the Bulls' addition of former NBA power forward Sidney Green as their big man coach. Green's son, Taurean, played with Noah on Florida's two national championship teams. "His son is one of my best friends. We played college basketball together and shared some of the best moments of my life," Noah said. "So Sid was always around when things were great, but also when things were tough at school. He was like a mentor figure to me. So having Sid around is huge. When you're in the gym and you're with a coach and he already has a relationship with your father and your mother; he knows all your family members. Sid's been great for my development. We work at least 15-20 minutes every day after practice."

--As the Bulls moved on to Toronto, it was tough to forget about the ending in Tuesday's loss to Denver, when Brad Miller's apparent game-winning 22-foot jumper was overruled by replay in a close call. The NBA office declared Wednesday that the referees made the correct decision. "A couple angles they were looking at, at first it looked like it was good, because it wasn't a full (shot), it was a shotput," Miller said. "What can you do?"

At one point, the Bulls celebrated in front of their bench after looking at a replay on the video board. The referees spent nearly 10 minutes watching the play before ruling the basket no good, which gave the Nuggets a 90-89 win. "I thought it was good when I first saw it," Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said. "The refs have to make the call. My understanding is 0.3 is enough time to catch and shoot, but I guess the ball was on his fingertips, probably."

"I really don't know. I thought it was a fact that you can't shoot in 0.3. I thought it was 0.4," added forward Luol Deng. "It could go either way. It's a tough loss, but you can't just look at the last shot."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We had good looks, we've got to knock them down. I don't know whether it's fatigue from the day before or what. We got a lot of looks that we didn't make." -- Forward Luol Deng, after the Bulls missed their final 15 shots in a 99-89 loss at Toronto on Wednesday.

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