Boston Celtics: Joakim Noah

Noah sounds off on KG ... again

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Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty ImagesJoakim Noah gets a shot up over Kevin Garnett.
BOSTON -- Chicago Bulls big man Joakim Noah just couldn't resist sounding off on rival Kevin Garnett after Friday's 100-99 overtime triumph over the Boston Celtics.

After helping to limit Garnett to 16 points on 5-of-16 shooting and seven rebounds over 39 minutes, Noah sounded off while discussing how Chicago contained Boston's All-Star center.

"Just playing sound defense, just contesting his shots, he's a helluva competitor, he's always on some bulls---," Noah said.

Asked what he meant by that, Noah added, "Just trying to throw elbows, cheap shots, just trying to get you off your game. But he's a vet, he's been doing this a long time but it's all right."

Does Garnett cross the line with his antics?

"Nah, when we lose I feel like he crosses the line," Noah said. "But since we've been beating their [butts] I'm cool with it."

Given their past history -- with plenty of shoving on the court and barking off it -- Noah was asked if the two players would ever be cool with each other.

"He wants to win and I want to win," said Noah. "I don't think it will ever be cool."

Ironically, Garnett actually offered Noah a bit of praise before Friday's game, suggesting that both he and New York's Tyson Chandler likely deserved a starting All-Star spot more than Garnett, who was voted into his 15th appearance on Thursday.

While Noah admitted after Friday's game that he might have talked a bit too much while adding some fire to the rivalry a few years back, that didn't stop him from keeping the chatter going.

"I feel like I was young, maybe talking a little bit too much," Noah said. "What happens on the court should stay on the court. I was pretty vocal about it, but at the end of the day the only thing that matters is winning or losing basketball games. You don't have to like your opponents, it's all right. At the end of the day the only thing I'm worried about is this team and I think that he's the same way with Boston. [Garnett is] worried about his team and getting them going -- I'm just happy that we beat them twice, they beat us once. It was a great game tonight, we fought hard and the Bulls are on the way up. We're not even playing with our MVP, I know [Derrick Rose is] hungry to get back, it's all positive."

ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell contributed to this report.

Garnett let's play do talking vs. Noah

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BOSTON -- Celtics forward Kevin Garnett let his play serve as a response to comments made by Bulls forward Joakim Noah that called the 15th-year veteran "mean" and "ugly" after a dust-up between the two in the first meeting last month.

Garnett registered 20 points and 17 rebounds to highlight Boston's 104-92 triumph over Chicago Friday night at the TD Garden. He added six assists, two steals, and a blocked shot over 33 minutes, 11 seconds of action.

Noah sounded off about Garnett following the Celtics' overtime triumph here at the start of the 2010-11 season, then appeared on ESPN radio in Chicago soon after, where he suggested Garnett is "a very mean guy," and added that he was, "ugly, too."

Garnett tried his best to suggest the comments had no affect on him Friday.

"No, let me tell you something about people, man," said Garnett. "Everybody has an opinion and, obviously, he had one. I'm not entertaining nor addressing nobodies. I'm not even entertaining them. I'm focused on basketball -- winning and trying to make this team better. Other than that, I'm not on anything."

Asked twice if he considered Noah a "nobody" (he asked for the question to be repeated by a reporter the first time it came up), Garnett barked, "Next question," and gave a quick wink and smile, triggering reporter laughter.

Shaquille O'Neal suggested Garnett did indeed know what was said about him.

"It's not that he's up for [Friday's game], it's that these young cats have no respect," said O'Neal. "So Kevin just has to teach them."

Garnett and Noah were whistled for double-technicals with 2:24 remaining in the first half after Noah gave a slight shove as Garnett danced by after registering one of five first-half field goals.

Asked about Garnett after the game, Noah said: "He played very well. He won again. So we'll get ready next time we play him."

And, as much as Noah tried to downplay it, Garnett's play clearly got into the 25-year-old's head.

"It doesn't matter. Who cares?" Noah said of all the hype around the two players. "At the end of the day, they won the game. We got our [butts] kicked and they won the game, so that's what's frustrating. I don't care about the other stuff. At the end of the day, it's talk. It's all talk. Nothing's going to happen. What's frustrating is they won the game and we didn't."

Noah finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds over 38:47.

Garnett recently dismissed Charlie Villanueva as a nobody after the Detroit forward went on Twitter to suggest Garnett called him a "cancer patient" during a game last month.

“[He's] a nobody," Garnett said in the aftermath of the incident. “I’m not paying attention to nobodies any more.”

And maybe you can add Noah to that list.

Noah sounds off on KG … again

November, 11, 2010
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Bulls forward Joakim Noah hasn't been bashful about expressing his opinions on Celtics forward Kevin Garnett. He sounded off (again) on ESPN radio in Chicago Wednesday. From ESPN Chicago:
Gary Dineen/Getty ImagesJoakim Noah hasn't been bashful about his thoughts on Kevin Garnett.
"He's a very mean guy," Noah said. "Where's the love? None at all. Ugly, too."

Noah said what makes the relationship difficult is how big a fan he was of Garnett before entering the NBA in 2007.

"I had his poster in my room," Noah said. "I used to wear his jersey. And the truth is my rookie year, I was in admiration of this guy, and he kind of shut me down.

"And he was very mean to me my rookie year. And he's only mean to the young guys and the [European players], for some reason. I don't know why, but that's who he doesn't like. He's not nice. I talk a lot of trash out there, but c'mon, be a little sensitive. Be sweet."

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Noah sounded off on Garnett after the Celtics' win over the Bulls last Friday in Boston, upset by what he felt was Garnett goading him into a technical foul at the end of the first half.

"I don't even want to get into that," Noah said. "I think … whatever. He is who he is. At the end of the day, it cost me $2,000 today [for the technical foul]. Just getting upset at his dumb [stuff]. I'm not getting involved in it. It's stupid. I let his dumb a-- cost me $2,000, so I'm the dumb a--."

The feud started during last year's playoffs when Noah dubbed Garnett a "dirty player" for an elbow to the head of Heat swingman Quentin Richardson that resulted in Garnett being suspended for one playoff game.

"I'm going to say it: He's a dirty player," said Noah, who later added, "I don't make the decisions. But he's always swinging elbows man. I'm hurting right now because of an elbow he threw. It's unbelievable. He's a dirty player. It's one thing to be competitive and compete. But don't be a dirty player man. He's a dirty player."

KG: Villanueva is a 'nobody'

November, 6, 2010
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David Butler II/US PresswireJoakim Noah and Kevin Garnett got intense again Friday night at the TD Garden.
BOSTON -- Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett didn't spend much time addressing his spat with Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva on Friday, but sent a terse message amidst the fallout from Villanueva's suggesting Garnett called him a "cancer patient" during Tuesday's game in Detroit.

"He's a nobody," Garnett said after the Celtics' 110-105 overtime win against the Chicago Bulls at TD Garden. "I'm not paying attention to nobodies anymore."

Not to be outdone, Chicago forward Joakim Noah sounded off on Garnett and his propensity to rile up opponents. Noah believed Garnett helped work him up before halftime, when Noah was assessed a technical foul while leaving the floor.

"I don't even want to get into that," Noah said. "I think … whatever. He is who he is. At the end of the day, it cost me $2,000 today [for the technical foul]. Just getting upset at his dumb [stuff]. I'm not getting involved in it. It's stupid. I let his dumb a-- cost me $2,000, so I'm the dumb a--."

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Noah: KG a "dirty player"

April, 18, 2010
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Gary Dineen/Getty ImagesJoakim Noah called Kevin Garnett a "dirty player."
In the wake of the Celtics-Heat dust-up in Saturday's Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series, Chicago's Joakim Noah sounded off on Kevin Garnett Sunday, calling him a "dirty player" and complaining that, "he's always swinging elbows."

When those comments got back to Boston, Celtics coach Doc Rivers could only laugh.

"Noah? Noah's in this series now?" Rivers jokingly asked. "I have no comment. If Noah had said that last year [when the Bulls and Celtics met in the postseason], I would have had a comment, but since he's in Clevleand and dealing with that, I think I'll let him focus on [Shaquille O'Neal] and that group right now."

Here's what Noah said Sunday, from the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson:
As the league ponders whether to suspend Celtics forward Kevin Garnett for hitting Heat swingman Quentin Richardson in the face with an elbow, Bulls center Joakim Noah offered his opinion about Garnett.

"I'm going to say it: He's a dirty player," Noah said following Bulls practice Sunday.

Asked if he felt Garnett should be suspended, Noah went even stronger with his criticism.
"I don't make the decisions," Noah said. "But he's always swinging elbows man. I'm hurting right now because of an elbow he threw. It's unbelievable. He's a dirty player. It's one thing to be competitive and compete. But don't be a dirty player man. He's a dirty player.

The Celtics and Garnett are still awaiting word if he'll be punished for his part in Saturday's scuffle.

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