"He's a dirty player," Noah said after the Bulls practiced at Quicken
Loans Arena in preparation for Monday's Game 2 against the Cavaliers. "He's
always swinging elbows, man. I'm hurting right now because of an elbow he threw.
It's unbelievable. He's a dirty player. It's one thing to be competitive and
compete and all that.
"But don't be a dirty player, man. He's a dirty player."
"He knows what he's doing," he said. "It's wrong. I shouldn't even be
talking about this stuff. It's crazy."
''If I say anything about calls, is that a fine or something like
that?'' Noah said. ''I'm not criticizing anyone. Of course, I'm biased,
you know -- I'm playing on the court -- but I didn't feel like some of
those calls were fair.''
Opponents of the 7-1, 325-pound O'Neal have been saying that for years. Still, Noah wouldn't blame his woes on the officiating.
''I wasn't really happy with the way I played,'' he said. ''I ... have to ... bring a little more energy.''
I know some people will be upset with Noah for addressing it, but personally, I like it. It's clear from his last quote that someone else broached the topic with him, and that he didn't bring it up himself.
A lot of people would rather have him not talk, but people complain all the time about cookie cutter answers and players not saying anything, but then rip on them when they do. Keep talking Joakim, as if you'd stop if I asked anyway.
As for the comments about the refs, they're geared more towards calls he got than ones Rose didn't get I'm sure, but that was also some serious BS. The worst was perhaps the third call in the first half where Shaq just threw Noah out of the way with his off arm and then fell over. Even the announcers ripped on the call and said it should have been offensive or no call.
Oh well, hopefully the Bulls sent a tape to the league, and there will be a point of emphasis made on Derrick driving and Shaq just throwing people. Unlikely, but one can hope.