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LeBron James may have left the Miami Heat to re-join the Cleveland Cavaliers, but that doesn't get rid of his ongoing rivalry with the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference.

Bulls center Joakim Noah was asked about LeBron's return to Cleveland. While he is happy for the four-time MVP, he wants his Bulls to beat James and the Cavs badly.

"I'm happy for LeBron James," Noah said, a sly smile forming. "He gets to go home. People are happy over there. But I really hope that we can kick his ass as many times as possible."

Noah likes the idea of a rivalry. He's the same guy who has made of fun of the city of Cleveland several times as well as saying that James is "Holywood as hell."

There's definitely going to be more in store for the 2014-15 NBA season, especially since the Cavs and Bulls are both in the Central Division. Noah might as well be asking for it from James and the Cavs, but he's confident his Bulls can get the job done.

"I'm really, really excited about the Bulls," Noah said. "(General manager Gar Forman) and (executive vice-president John Paxson) and everybody did a really good job. It just makes you want to work hard and be as ready as possible for the season.

"Even when we sucked, I always felt like we had championship aspirations. I don't go into a game thinking we're going to lose -- ever. I don't care who we play against. Obviously, a lot of things need to go your way to win a championship. You have to be lucky. The chemistry has to be great. We feel like we've dealt with a lot of adversity, which will help us in the long run. Our team is hungry."


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