Players vote to sit Noah one more game

Players vote to sit Noah one more game

There are 79 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 13, 2008, titled Players vote to sit Noah one more game. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

In a players-only vote, Bulls players decided to lengthen Joakim Noah's discipline for his emotional outburst at assistant Ron Adams on Friday in Philadelphia.

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Chicago, IL

#67 Jan 14, 2008
sorry to report that earlier today i was inappropriate toward my boss in a staff meeting. my boss later came by my desk and told me i was suspended for the rest of the day (without pay?), that i should go home immediately, and said that would be the end of it. but then my eldest co-worker came in and told me all my cubicle mates decided that my suspension should go one day longer, so i better not show up tomorrow.

such is another day in the life of our 14-21 bulls.
Noah Sucks
#68 Jan 14, 2008
Who does Noah think he is? He is a rookie and he sucks! He is a joke! He is not ever gonna amount to anything in the NBA. Trade his sorry arse------ oh wait nobody in their right mind would ever want him. Doesn't matter anyways cuz the Bulls suck, and Portland is gonna be a dynasty like the Bulls USED to be in a few years.

Kinsman, IL

#69 Jan 14, 2008
You guys are a bunch of whiners. What a bunch of negative babies. I think it's great the team has the steped up and come together to make a group decision.

Yeah it's been a tough year. Everything seems to be going wrong. The Bulls are trying to deal with it, so why don't you. I bet $ they make the playoffs.
Joe C

Vernon Hills, IL

#70 Jan 14, 2008
first off its up to the coach to sit players, not the players itself. second paxon has got to go. everything is assbackwards over there

United States

#73 Jan 14, 2008
The Bulls are the NBA's version of Britney Spears, there's need to be an intervention quickly. And that needs to come from GM John Paxson by hiring a real coach and trading away these garbage players.
former bulls fan

Raleigh, NC

#74 Jan 14, 2008
My Nephew plays HS ball and i think sometimes the COACHES go too far...Coaches have to understand that not every player will play better just because you call him out........ A team is about playing together and doing so takes respect and trust from all sides. Leadership is needed and losing highlights problems...wins makes everything seem ok.

i think some things need to stay in house and we don't need to know about every team problem...ya feel me?


Saint Paul, MN

#75 Jan 14, 2008
AGREED, Agreed. Still the facts tell me, as a logical person, something is different from last year besides the obvious.
I doubt we'll ever know what it is, but Paxson does. Hinrich, Nocioni, Duhon, Deng all contributed, on a pretty consistent basis, in the stretch run last year. All of a sudden, they're bums and performing badly on defense or shooting or ?
Something smells rotten in Denmark, as my Granpa used to say.

Huntley, IL

#76 Jan 14, 2008
Another wasted draft pick by John Paxson. When is the real issue with this team going to lose his job?
expat bulls fan

Courbevoie, France

#77 Jan 14, 2008
Noah got the message with the one-game suspension.

So the issue no longer is bad behavior. The issue now is a team of low-effort, mediocre players "coming together" to "make a decision" that maybe Noah should sit for another game. They are all millionaires and we are supposed to be impressed by this group decision? This is the pros, not elementary school!

What they SHOULD have done instead is put out the effort necessary to beat a mediocre team in Atlanta. Instead, they showed less hustle and fire than Noah has in his pinkie and undermined the original message sent to Noah.

Of course, aside from the worldly Deng, Gordon and Noah himself, the Bulls players are not the brightest lights in the NBA so what can we expect?

Beaver Dam, KY

#78 Jan 14, 2008
Interesting, but not unexpected.

Since: Nov 07


#79 Jan 14, 2008
ballabigben wrote:
forget about noah. he ain't the problem. the problem is hinrich and nocioni. these guys suck. i'm looking at the first half against atlanta and man, i can't believe that paxson signed both of the guys to any contract. even the atlanta team has no respect for these guys. atlanta has them both intimidated. which doesn't take much. no defense of any kind by either. they both complain about either getting fouled on every shot that they take or every foul that is called against them. it's all a diversion from the fact that they are not starters in the nba. it appears that boylan has the same dilemna as skiles. not knowing how to bench those guys gracefully. meanwhile lets put gordon on the bench, despite the fact that he has more potential as a scorer than either of these guys. that is inane!!! these guys are both very very overmatched for the most part in the league. sure they can get lucky sometimes but, so can you or i. trade them both to the only team that would take them. UTAH!!!!
Anyone who says that Nocioni has been a contributor to the problems of the Bulls probably has a non-basketball agenda. Nocioni has tried to deliver what he is capable of every single game, and doesn't seem to moan about whether he comes off the bench or starts. He is also the only player at times who seems to have the guts to try and score when everyone else is dribbling away the clock instead of daring to try and fail (Ben Gordon is among the worst offenders in this area).

New Albany, IN

#80 Jan 14, 2008
Jerry wrote:
Was this unanimous vote a secret ballot?
It couldn't have been unanimous, unless Noah voted to suspend himself. Doesn't this action present an uncomfortable precedent? What if the players get together again to suspend someone else? Will the coach go for it, and what if he doesn't? Etc.

Edwardsville, IL

#81 Jan 14, 2008
The bulls are screwed up underachievers

Dekalb, IL

#82 Jan 14, 2008
Ben Wallace, I can't believe a guy who can't even average 10 rebounds a game would have anything to say regarding Noah! Ben Wallace is a joke and I can't wait till he is traded or released. Until that happens shut up and REBOUND!!!

Woodridge, IL

#83 Jan 14, 2008
do the players have the right to do this under the collective bargaining agreement??? can the players now also vote on the next coach or who to trade??


#84 Jan 14, 2008
How embarrassing! Being chatized by a bunch of long legged losers!!
Marty in LA

Yorba Linda, CA

#85 Jan 14, 2008
Penalizing Noah like this is absolutely ludicrous. Ben Wallace a known cry-baby and locker room insurgent who is being awfully hypocritical in his advocating Noah's two game suspension. He rode the coat tails of four All Stars to get him that one championship ring and I can't help but think that there isn't a hint of jealousy in his decision. As for Adrian Griffin, is he still in the league? Is the third round draft pick, D-League reject really a captain of the Chicago Bulls? You can't be serious!! No wonder we're losing! I'm really worried that the ridiculously conservative Bulls team culture is out of step with today's superstar-driven game. Anyone with any real talent or record of success need not apply to the Bulls, because your individuality and confidence will be crushed by so-called do-gooders in the front office and coaching staff. Noah is no Tim Duncan in the talent category, but he is a winner and probably one of about five players in the NBA today (which would include his fellow Florida Gators that are rookies) that can boast of winning back-to-back college championships. That in itself is remarkable and he was a key contributor on those campaigns and should be treated with given some extra leeway and freaking PLAYING TIME. Not to mention his pedigree, which may be his worst liability on that team of losers. The Bulls need Noah playing significant minutes just as much as the Supersonics need Durant and Atlanta needs Horford to do the same. It's the least they could do now that Paxson made the major tactical error of shipping off Eddy Curry. Let's at least honor that trade and see what the kid (Noah) has. I'm not sure if we can say we're holding out for something better with a straight face with the team that we have on the court today.

Oak Park, IL

#86 Jan 15, 2008
Clyde of brunswick GA & Roy L of chicago....
both of you suck and your post sounds racists...grow some bigger balls before you try putting people down you losers!
Bull Sfan

Nyack, NY

#87 Jan 16, 2008
What is Boylan doing? Is he the coach or the coached? He has to step up and make decisions for the team. If players can hand out suspensions at will, there'd be a slew of them whenever there was any disagreement. And those "grown men" on the bulls and their "leader" Adrian Griffin need to start facing facts. They're a subpar team and it's because of what does "grown men" haven't done rather than what Noah has done. And that's play with intensity. That entire team combined wouldn'thave the intensity of Joakim Noah in a million years.

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