CHICAGO - If the Cubs didn't win the World Series, tonight's game between the Bulls and the Knicks would have taken center stage in Chicago.
But, the return of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah is flying under Bulls fan's radar.
Before joining the Knicks, both Rose and Noah played their entire career in the Windy City.
So, heading into the visiting locker room at the United Center and being announced first might be a little off-putting.
"I don't know what to expect. This is all new. First time being traded. First time ever being in this building being on the opponent team. All this is new to me so I don't really know what to expect."
"Everybody in that locker room is good people. [Expletive] happens. It's the locker room. At the end of the day, the things I remember the most are good memories from everybody. I have no hard feelings towards everybody."
As for whether or not the team was getting stale?
"I think it was time for a change. There's no question about that," remarked Noah. "It seems like this is a happy group. They enjoy being around one another. That's good. That's what it's all about. That's what it should be. At the end of the day, like I said, I wish everybody well. I'm not here wanting the Bulls to lose or anything like that. It's not like that. Just tonight."
Noah also said he had no regrets about his time in Chicago.
Rose only had one - not winning an NBA Title.
"Only thing I can do about that is say I gave it my all. I felt like I gave it my all. I really tried. I had many times where I envisioned winning championships here and it never happened. I gotta take those visions and take them to New York."