Days after we heard a report of Houston Rockets guard James Harden getting into it with a reporter in the locker room, we’re treated to another story of an NBA player getting into it with someone. This time the story revolves around Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, who was on the court at the Verizon Center going through his shoot around.
Washington Wizards security manager Jackie Miles came out to kick off Noah, and the Chicago Sun Times wrote about the exchange between the two:
Joakim Noah and Wizards security manager Jackie Miles got into a back-and-forth exchange of expletives.
Miles came onto the Verizon Center hardwood and started screaming for Bulls players to exit so the Wizards could start their shootaround. Noah is usually the last Bull off the court in shootarounds, going through his morning routine, and wasn’t having any of it.
Noah told Miles, “Get the [bleep] out of here, I’m not done … get the [bleep] out of here.”
Miles started firing back with, “Don’t [bleeping] talk to me that way,” and then again telling Noah to leave the court.
Deadspin noted that this isn’t Miles first brush with controversy getting into it with a Bulls reporter back in January. Noah might have some extra motivation heading into the game, and the Bulls could need that trailing 2-0 in the series after two games in Chicago. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau is okay with being the under dog though.
“Hey look, we’ve been counted out all season long, many times,” Thibodeau said after Friday’s shootaround, via ESPN. “It’s a resilient group, just bounce back. We understand what goes into winning. It takes four to win a series. We’re just trying to get the first one.”Deadspin