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Joakim Noah writes emotional farewell to Chicago

It definitely won’t go down as a bad break-up.

One day after Joakim Noah had a heart-felt goodbye letter printed, the Bulls shared their sentiments for their big man on Friday.

“You cannot measure the impact Joakim made on our team and the City of Chicago over the last nine years,’’ board chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. “His concern, commitment and compassion were always on display. He is loved by all in our organization and he will always be a Bull. We want to thank Joakim for his countless contributions to our organization and the city of Chicago, both on and off the court, and we wish him nothing but the best as he begins a new chapter.’’

Noah left the Bulls for the Knicks in free agency last week, signing a four-year, $72-million contract to return to the city he grew up in. The move also reunited him with Derrick Rose, who was traded to New York in a five-player deal last month.

And while there were multiple sources that indicated Noah had no intentions of re-signing with the Bulls because of the mistrust he had in the direction of the front office, the 31-year-old was all class in reflecting on his career with the Bulls.

“My journey now brings me home to New York and the team I grew up rooting for as a kid,’’ Noah wrote. “But nothing has mattered more to me over the past nine years than the city of Chicago, the Chicago Bulls and all of the passionate Bulls fans. There are way too many people to thank individually, but I want to give special thanks to the Reinsdorf family for making me a part of the Chicago Bulls family and everything that that represents.’’

Reinsdorf wasn’t the only member of the Bulls to respond to Noah, as both VP of basketball operations and general manager Gar Forman said their goodbyes.

“When we drafted Joakim in 2007, we knew that we were getting a kid with a strong spirit, was a hard worker and was a proven winner,’’ Paxson said. “What we didn’t know was the impact that he would make on our organization and the City of Chicago. He worked incredibly hard and eventually became the pulse of our team. Joakim has not only meant a lot to our entire organization and our city, but also to me personally.

“In this day and age in the NBA, it is rare where you come across a player as genuine, compassionate and real as Jo. The time and energy that he and his family put into his Foundation while he was here in Chicago speaks to the type of human being that he is. On behalf of the Chicago Bulls, I want to thank Joakim for everything that he did for us and I wish him the best as he moves on.’’

The Sun-Times did report that Noah will keep his Noah’s Arc Foundation based in Chicago, as well as trying to spread his anti-violence campaign to New York.

“I have always thought highly of Joakim, not only because of his efforts on the court and in the locker room, but also for his heartfelt work and dedication in the community,’’ Forman said. “These are the tough decisions in this job that nobody likes to make, but unfortunately it comes with the territory.

“Joakim has meant so much to so many different people on so many different levels. I want to thank him for everything that he has done for our organization over the last nine years and I wish him all my best.’’