Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Noah was hungry for one more point
By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- Joakim Noah is very sorry he couldn't give fans the fast food they craved.
Joakim Noah scored 20 points and pulled down nine rebounds in Tuesday's Bulls win.
The emotional Chicago Bulls center had 20 points in Tuesday night's win over the Orlando Magic, but it was the one point he couldn't get that fans will remember in the Bulls' 99-93 victory. That's because when the Bulls score 100 points all fans in attendance get a free Big Mac from McDonald's the next day.
Noah had the chance to push his team over the century mark several times, once at the free throw line, and once with just 3.8 seconds left, after Kirk Hinrich missed two free throws of his own, when the big man jacked up a 3-pointer that didn't go down.
"I got caught up in the moment," Noah admitted.
What he probably regrets most is provoking the response he got from coach Tom Thibodeau regarding his missed 3-pointer. While he didn't come out and say as much, Noah intimated that he had already heard from Thibodeau about his errant triple.
"I regret it a little bit," he said. "It wasn't a good shot. You have to respect the game because you never know what can happen in a game, I just got caught up in the moment and I was trying to get the people a Big Mac. They really wanted a Big Mac and I felt like, not only did I take the shot and miss the shot, we didn't even get the Big Mac. Next time I won't take that 3-pointer."
40 minute man: With his 40:44 performance in Tuesday's win, Noah has now played over 40 minutes in three of the Bulls' four games this season. It's a role he is clearly relishing.
"I feel good," he said. "I think the older you get you understand what needs to be done. I understand recovery a little bit better, this isn't my first rodeo."
Noah did say that he is dealing with a little more soreness than usual the day after games.
"I feel pretty good right now," he said. "It feels better when you win than when you lose, definitely. But you feel it more in the morning. It's not really at this point when you really feel it, but it's the next day."
2,000 games: Bulls scorekeeper Bob Rosenberg received a nice reception from the United Center crowd in the first quarter after it was announced that he was working his 2,000th Bulls game. Rosenberg has been working for the Bulls for 47 years.