Joakim Noah said Bulls need to focus

Updated: December 1, 2010, 11:32 AM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- When Charles Barkley recently predicted that the Chicago Bulls were his pick to win the Eastern Conference, it didn't necessarily change the mood in the Berto Center.

In fact, Bulls center Joakim Noah said such optimism could be harmful to the Bulls if they buy into the hype.

"Poison," Noah told ESPNChicago.com Tuesday, with a smile. "We're not in the Finals yet. I love Chuck. I think he's great for the game. I love his honesty. He always tells you how he ...

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