Friday , Apr , 16 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

LeBron: The Bulls Are Facing a Different Monster

The Bulls, who in recent days have been dealing with ugly reports of an altercation between coach Vinny Del Negro and executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson, are huge underdogs against the Cavs — the league’s best team all season.

But despite the perceived mismatch and Chicago’s long odds, Bulls forward Joakim Noah said he and his teammates plan "to try to shock the world" and upset the Cavs.

"We’re ready for the challenge," James said. "I think Noah’s a really good player. He’s a really good talent. But, you know, he asked for us a couple weeks ago and he got us. So we’re ready. It’s a different monster they’re going to be playing against on Saturday."

For the first time since Feb. 25, the Cavs will take the floor with Shaquille O’Neal at center.

After missing 23 games following surgery to repair a torn right thumb ligament, O’Neal has come back rested and ready to fulfill his goal of winning a championship with James. The 7-foot-1 center has returned in incredible shape, saying he spent the down time "eating right, swimming, working out, doing what I do. It’s all about the mission." 

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