- Nick Friedell, ESPN Staff Writer
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DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Wednesday that he spoke to center Joakim Noah about his decision to shoot a 3-pointer against the Orlando Magic just to try to win Big Macs for fans at the United Center.
The Bulls have a promotion through which fans can get a free Big Mac if the Bulls score 100 points in a home win. The Bulls won 99-93 as Noah missed his 3 with 3.8 seconds left.
"I talked to him about it, but I'm going to keep that private," Thibodeau said after Wednesday's practice.
It's not the first time the promotion has made headlines. Kirk Hinrich was booed after a game despite leading the Bulls to victory, and even Derrick Rose said he felt bad after his missed free throws cost the fans a free burger.
Noah made one of two free throws with 23 seconds left to make it 99-93, and Hinrich missed two with 10 seconds left.
"I got caught up in the moment," Noah admitted after the game.
Despite the fact the Bulls had won, many fans booed the team as the final buzzer sounded.
"I regret it a little bit," Noah 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 (judging by how loud the crowd was getting) 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."
It was Noah's fifth 3-point attempt since entering the NBA in 2007, and he hasn't hit one yet.
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