Joakim Noah had a lot going on off the court during the Chicago Bulls’ 106-91 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 on Wednesday night, distractions which he either completely denied or significantly downplayed on Thursday.
Between a so-called beef with Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones and two purported run-ins with Cavaliers fans, Noah certainly had his hands full.
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Regarding the feud with Jones, Noah more or less blew it off.
“I didn’t know who he was until this morning,” Noah said, via ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “But I wish him nothing but the best. I like Urban Meyer, I guess.”
Noah, a Florida alum (from when Meyer was coaching there), reportedly hollered, “You ain’t in the SEC!” when Jones, along with several members of the Buckeyes football team, were addressing the crowd before the game.
This elicited some fiery responses from Jones on Twitter. Directing separate tweets to Noah’s Twitter handle, Jones wrote, “watch yo mouth before I give you these hands chump,” and later added, “I’m at [Noah’s] neck the rest of the series for that comment.”
“I’m not watching videos,” he said, via Pro Basketball Talk. “I’m not talking to people during timeouts. I’m trying to focus on winning. I’m serious. I have never talked to Cordell? Cardale? I’m just getting ready and focused for these games.”
The alleged incidents with Cavaliers fans involved Noah telling a security guard that a fan spit on him as he was leaving the court, according to a tweet from CSN Chicago’s Chuck Garfien.
When asked about that incident, Noah refused to comment, saying, “I don’t want to talk about that. It’s unnecessary.”