With the Bulls trailing the Wizards 2-0 in their first-round playoff series, Joakim Noah likely didn't need further motivation heading into a pivotal Game 3.
But he got it anyways -- and from the unlikeliest of Wizards.
According to a Chicago Sun Times report, things got heated at the Bulls' morning shootaround on Friday. Noah and Wizards security manager Jackie Miles got into a verbal altercation when Miles tried to usher the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year off the floor so Washington could begin its shootaround. Noah, who apparently wasn't done with his workout, took exception to Miles' stern request.
From Joe Cowley of the Times:
Noah told Miles, “Get the [bleep] out of here, I’m not done … get the [bleep] out of here.’’
Miles started firing back with, “Don’t [bleeping] talk to me that way,’’ and then again telling Noah to leave the court.
It didn’t stop there, as the two went back-and-forth for at least another minute, while Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was addressing the media just off the court.
Apparently, this isn't the first time Noah and the Wizards' head of security have gotten into an argument. According to the Times, the same thing happened back in January when the visiting Bulls came to town and Miles yelled at players to get off "my court." Cowley said Friday's incident ended without further confrontation as Noah finished his workout and exited the floor.
Noah appeared to have won that battle. Now we'll see if the Bulls can win the more important one against the Wizards on Friday night.