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Saturday, January 19th, 2013 at 12:20 pm  |  22 responses

Joakim Noah Calls Kevin Garnett a ‘Dirty Player’ Who Throws ‘Cheap Shots’


The Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics staged one of their usual grind-out affairs last night, and afterwards, Joakim Noah blasted Kevin Garnett when talking to reporters (this despite his Bulls’ thrilling last-second victory.) Noah accused Garnett of using dirty tactics. Per WEEI: “Noah and Garnett were called for double technicals with 2:20 left in a game that the Bulls led, 84-83. Garnett did not address it after the game but Noah did. ‘Just trying to throw elbows,’ Noah said. ‘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.’ Noah was asked how he held Garnett to just 5-of-16 shooting from the field. ‘Just playing defense,’ Noah said. ‘Just playing sound defense, just contesting his shots. He’s a hell of a competitor. He’s always on some bulls***. Always on some bulls***.’ One of the first times Noah accused Garnett of throwing elbows was back in the 2010 Eastern Conference playoffs. ‘He’s a dirty player, man,’ Noah said. ‘He’s a dirty player. That’s messed up, 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 and all that, but don’t be a dirty player. He’s a dirty player.’ Does he regret those comments? ‘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. He’s 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 he’s hungry to get back; it’s all positive. He wants to win and I want to win,’ Noah said, before adding an ominous postscript. ‘I don’t think it will ever be cool [between us].’”

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  • M Cho

    I love when Noah and KG play against each other – it’s old school grinding. But Noah needs to stop whining to the press. EIther fight him or play ball. Nobody likes dirty players, but when you both play each other so physical, you shouldn’t whine about it afterwards.

  • Enigmatic

    Another misleading title. The “dirty player” quote is from 2010.

  • bringbackthesonics

    he should’ve waited outside the locker room to ‘talk’ about it

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Yea, I felt like this was deja vu for a second.

  • kootman

    Joiakim you just get down with him check a few films Chicago Bulls and Detroit on Blondie in the post.

  • Redd

    Man my Bulls are playing awesome, my favorite Bulls player at the moment is Jimmy Butler.

  • spit hot fiyah

    joakim, if he gets in your nerves again just call Anthony peeler, he is down to throw bows

  • Slick Ric

    Reporter: Do you feel Garnett ever crosses the line?

    Noah: “Nah, when we lose, I feel like he crosses the line. But since we’ve been beating their asses, I’m cool with it.”

    Best quote of the season thus far IMO. lol

  • speedy

    Playing nice will not win you anything.
    Ask….. everybody that ever won a title.

  • Kato Williams

    Slam need to space out their font.

    Why are their articles so condensed and crammed?

  • Seth

    Boozer threw an elbow at KG as Belinelli’s shot was going in at the end of the game.

  • will

    man, watching them two go at it last night was the best part of the game. that’s basketball

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    you love that dude man lol….I still think you over value is potential waaay to much

  • vtrobot

    Keep talking like a woman, Noah. “Both teams played hard” is all you need to say in those situation. It ain’t yr dad’s sport, son.

  • Redd

    Yeah maybe, but I was the same with Joakim & I was right about him.

    I do tho, the guy’s life story humbles me & it’s hard to not like him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DanielUpYours Daniel Powers

    for a good reason

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    he had a game game tonight yea?

  • http://www.facebook.com/DanielUpYours Daniel Powers

    coz rainbow press sells ;)

  • Redd

    Yep and he was the main reason we went into overtime again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DanielUpYours Daniel Powers

    almost every big man plays very physical in the nba but you dont hear too many comments like that, if at all, about other bigs. many guys have said similar things about garnett. i think there is some truth in that. as a knicks fan i hate the bulls but you gotta give noah some respect as he plays really tough even for nba standards.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    good game*

  • Matt

    are you serious? you think it’s being a man to throw elbows all game long? on the court we get in people’s faces when they play dirty like that. that’s not being a man at all: that’s being dirty.

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