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Joakim Noah: ‘I never thought I’d say this, but I’m very excited to go to Cleveland’

Cleveland Cavaliers v Chicago Bulls

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers fouls Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 12, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Cavaliers 113-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Joakim Noah wanted the Cavaliers.

Now, he’s getting them.

The Bulls demolished the Bucks in Game 6, setting up a second-round matchup with the Cavaliers.

That leaves Noah – a noted Cleveland hater – with a funny feeling.

Noah, via Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago:

“You know what? I never thought I’d say this, but I’m very excited to go to Cleveland.”

Fueled by Noah, the Bulls have the determination and peskiness to really challenged the Cavaliers. (It also helps that Cleveland is missing Kevin Love for the rest of the playoffs and J.R. Smith for the series’ first two games.)

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving can certainly lead the Cavaliers to the conference finals, but Chicago won’t make it easy.

Noah has made one thing easy, though.

I think Cavaliers fans know their new villain.