Monday , Jan , 14 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Joakim Noah’s Outburst Costs Him Another Game


In a stunning move, Bulls players voted to increase Joakim Noah’s discipline for verbally abusing assistant coach Ron Adams at Friday’s morning shootaround in Philadelphia, forcing the rookie to miss Sunday’s 105-84 loss to the Hawks.Several Bulls, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the vote was unanimous. A shellshocked Noah, who, according to sources, snapped when Adams kept riding him for forgetting plays, paused several times to compose himself while discussing his teammates’ decision to urge coaches to sit him for one more game.

‘I mean, I’ve just got to accept it,’ said Noah, 22. ‘What do you want me to say? I’m a rookie. … I mean, it is what it is. I’ve just got to move on, and there’s nothing I can do about it. So …’On Friday in Philadelphia, interim coach Jim Boylan said Noah’s punishment would last only one game. Noah said his teammates’ decision to lengthen the penalty wouldn’t affect his relationship with them, but he talked around whether he agreed with it. Click here for more from the Chicago Tribune.