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Friday, January 3rd, 2014 at 11:00 am  |  25 responses

Joakim Noah Regrets Gunning for a Triple Double

It wasn’t enough for the Chicago Bulls to win 94-82 against the visiting Boston Celtics on Thursday night. Joakim Noah also wanted a triple-double, badly. The big fella, with a smile on his face, expressed regret for shamelessly trying to get the triple dip. Per CSN Chicago:

The All-Star center finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, one dish shy of recording his fourth career triple-double. But toward the end of the contest, with the Bulls clearly heading toward an easy win, it became obvious that Noah’s teammates were gunning for him to get the achievement, something frowned upon when it doesn’t happen naturally, in the course of a game.

“I think probably, I don’t know, three minutes to go,” Noah said of when he learned that he was close to recording the triple-double. “It’s not really good to play basketball that way, where you’re focusing on your stats. It’s not that cool. But I tried to get it. Jimmy tried to force the shot at the end. It’s not a good look.”

But when asked directly whether he apologized to Celtics head coach Brad Stevens for the perception, accurate or not, that his team was playing for statistics, (Tom) Thibodeau’s response was a bit more indignant.

“That was private, what [Stevens] said to me. [Boston] cut the lead at that point,” he said. “You guys [the media] have all that stuff. [Noah] was doing what he was asked to do.”

“I told him, ‘If I was in the game, I would have got it for him.’ I kept yelling at him, but in that instance, guys don’t really look into that stuff,” Taj Gibson said. “Once I told him he had it, that’s when he looked up at it and he realized how close he was. That’s when Kirk tried to get him for him. Lu tried to get it for him before Coach took him out. Jimmy messed it up.”

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  • Dfrance

    “Jimmy messed it up.” Lmao.

    Triple doubles are rare, especially for a player like Noah. So as long as you don’t pull a Ricky Davis, I’m ok with you doing a little extra to try and get one.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNrehtOZIlY

  • brothasdontsurf

    I was just thinking about this from another discussion! hahaha I miss these days in the NBA, players weren’t so lovey dovey with each other. This was the first year (2002) that we got destroyed in International competition also

  • Fitzy

    Yeah this is a non-issue. Good job media. (Sarcasm)

  • spit hot fiyah
  • spit hot fiyah

    are u ok with the andray blatche method?

  • Cortez Mack

    Noah is right about one thing. In general, it is not good basketball to play for stats.

    Setting that aside, Jimmy did indeed mess it up.

  • Max

    Next to the GOAT!

  • Max

    Next to the GOAT!

  • Max

    Next to the GOAT!

  • Max

    Or the Jafail Mcgee method?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hADE70REy7k

  • Max

    Or the Jafail Mcgee method?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hADE70REy7k

  • Max

    Or the Jafail Mcgee method?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hADE70REy7k

  • Max

    Or the Jafail Mcgee method?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hADE70REy7k

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    lmao that sh!t was classic! I can’t remember, did they count the rebound? I’m guessing not… I wish they would’ve given it to him though.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    lmao that sh!t was classic! I can’t remember, did they count the rebound? I’m guessing not… I wish they would’ve given it to him though.

  • Master Bait

    That Noah, he pretty dam funny guy. Why he go for triple decker? Noah has security in his future anyway. He must want to impress the pretty girls that’s why. But the girls don’t like Noah with his little hair tail.

  • Master Bait

    That Noah, he pretty dam funny guy. Why he go for triple decker? Noah has security in his future anyway. He must want to impress the pretty girls that’s why. But the girls don’t like Noah with his little hair tail.

  • robb

    Chris Webber was laughing at him almost as hard as I was. I’ll always thank big brain Mcgee for those moments.

  • robb

    lol, the man, the myth, the legend

  • Krista Johnson

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    ☛☛☛☛ ☛☛☛☛ ☛𐄿☛☛☛ ☛☛☛☛☛☛Noah has security in his future anyway. He must want to impress the pretty girls that’s why.

  • Nick Holden

    You’ve been on fire with your pics and gifs lately man

  • Dfrance

    Nah they didn’t count it so he finished with 9 boards. Hilarious tho!

  • Dfrance

    He just murdered like 17 innocent crowd members.

  • The Mauve Avenger
  • Saleem Rainman

    at least he didnt ricky davis it

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