Joakim Noah gets into shouting match with security guard after shootaround
BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter April 26, 2014 12:26AM
Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) dunks in front of Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal in the first half of Game 3 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Friday, April 25, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ORG XMIT: VZN107
Updated: May 27, 2014 6:17AM
WASHINGTON — Joakim Noah might not win the war with the Washington Wizards, but the Bulls’ All-Star center won the battle with their manager/director of security, Jackie Miles, on Friday.
Near the end of the shootaround for the visiting team, Miles and Noah got into a heated exchange on the court of the Verizon Center after Miles told Bulls players to get off the court so the Wizards could begin their shootaround.
The problem was the Wizards’ shootaround was almost 30 minutes from starting.
Noah usually is the last Bull off the floor in shootarounds because he goes through extended shooting drills — and he wasn’t having any of what Miles was trying to dish out.
Noah told Miles, “Get the [bleep] out of here. I’m not done. Get the [bleep] out of here.’’
Miles fired back with, “Don’t [bleeping] talk to me that way,’’ and then again told Noah to leave the court.
It didn’t stop there. The two went back-and-forth for at least another minute. No big deal if this had been the first time. But in a visit to the nation’s capital in January, Miles pulled the same thing, yelling to Bulls players to get off “my court.’’ There was no incident then, but it was not appreciated nor forgotten.
Wizards PR people had to settle down Miles then and again Friday after Bulls assistant general manager Randy Brown and Bulls director of security Erick Buck also tried to calm the situation.
“Guy’s a clown,’’ one member of the Bulls said.
“Obviously that got out of hand,’’ Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. “I have no idea, I never saw it, just heard what you guys heard. I’m sure it was a misunderstanding, but it doesn’t need to happen.’’
According to a member of the Wizards organization, Miles apologized to Noah and the “matter is over with.’’
Looking in the mirror
Jimmy Butler admittedly has spent the first part of the playoff series against the Wizards focusing too much on defense, and ignoring how much the Bulls need his scoring, especially in the fourth quarter.
It’s not the first time Butler has done that, but it’s not always his fault, with teammates needing to seek him out more often as they did last season.
“That happens at times,’’ Butler said.
“I get so caught up with not trying to let my guy score that I forget to be an offensive player at times. Which can’t happen. But we’ve talked about it. So it won’t happen.’’