During the shootaround before Friday’s game and prior to tipoff, Joakim Noah was the last player out on the court taking shots. That’s when the Wizards’ head of security Jackie Miles told the Bulls center to leave the court. After Noah refused exit, the two were involved in a heated verbal shouting match for a few minutes.
This wasn’t the first time the Bulls had a run-in with Miles. Back in January when the Bulls played the Wizards during the regular season, Miles booted the Bulls’ players off of the court during the shootaround. The team complied with Miles during that incident, but this time Noah didn’t back down. Nothing developed and Miles reportedly apologized to Noah after the Wizards’ PR staff stepped in.
For the Bulls, in a must win Game 3 that saw Nene and Jimmy Butler go toe-to-toe early in the fourth quarter, it is ironic that Noah got into an incident before the game even started. Chicago Sun-Times further indicates that Noah is usually the last player on the court during shootaround due to an extended shooting regime. Nevertheless, Noah later finished the game with six points, nine rebounds and two steals in a 100-97 Bulls victory.
The Wizards still lead the series 2-1, and the Bulls will stay in the nation’s capital until Sunday when the two teams play Game 4. Expect Miles and the rest of the Wizards security staff to be on their best behavior.