Should Chicago Bulls have responded to LeBron James’ dancing and Jarrett Jack tying shoelace?
For instance, why wasn’t there more support for Joakim Noah? Last week, the feisty Chicago post took exception to Cleveland treating games like an episode of Soul Train and said as much when the Cavaliers own Don Cornelius, also known as LeBron James, stepped to the free throw line.
Nobody likes salt being rubbed in their wounds.
Recently, the Chicago Bulls have been on the wrong end of some questionable sportsmanship by opposing teams. Instead of sending a message with a hard foul, the Bulls – who were getting blown out in both games – keeled over and took it.
For instance, why wasn’t there more support for Joakim Noah? Last week, the feisty Chicago post took exception to Cleveland treating games like an episode of Soul Train and said as much when the Cavaliers’ own Don Cornelius, also known as LeBron James, stepped to the free throw line.
Noah and James exchanged words. Problem was, Noah had been pulled out the game and wasn’t returning. As a show of solidarity, his teammates should have put the next Cavalier to drive the lane on his butt. A firm, respect-your-opponent foul would have sent a clear message to the Cavaliers and shown Noah his teammates had his back.
But nothing happened. And nothing happened one night later against the Toronto Raptors.
With the Raptors ahead by 27 points in the final minute of the third quarter, Jack held the ball and bent over to tie his shoe. For eight seconds. Perhaps, they were wondering if the table-setter was using the bunny-ears technique, but no Bull reacted or even cared that Jack was tying his shoe.
Even Toronto coach Jay Triano was perplexed by the muted response from Chicago.
"If it was one of our guys guarding their guy, and the guy tied his shoe, I would expect our guy to go over and knock him on his ass," Triano said. (Chicago Breaking Sports News)
To offer some perspective, NBA coaches rarely comment on other teams. Amongst the fraternity of coaches, it’s poor form. But even Triano – an old school, hard knock sideline boss – conceded that in his playing days he would’ve retaliated against Jack and, in the process, unintentionally questioned the Bulls’ toughness.
The next few games will tell us much about these Bulls. Will they accept losing? And when losing, will they accept opponents rubbing salt in their wounds?
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