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Noah regrets meaningless three trying to get Bulls fans Big Macs

Nov 7, 2012, 9:09 PM EDT

Joakim Noah AP

When the Chicago Bulls score 100 points in a game attendees at the United Center get a coupon for a free McDonald’s Big Mac. If Derrick Rose were still playing they would probably have to give out coupons for a free angioplasty by the middle of the season, but with him out McDonald’s is largely safe.

Which brings us to Tuesday night, when the Bulls were about to beat the Magic 99-93 and should have been running out the clock, then suddenly Joakim Noah tried a three to get the fans their Big Macs. He missed. When the final buzzer sounded some Bulls fans booed because they didn’t get their free burger.

Coach Tom Thibodeau talked to Noah about the shot, and the center said he regretted the choice, reports

“I got caught up in the moment,” Noah admitted after the game…

“I regret it a little bit,” Noah said. “It wasn’t a good shot.

“You have to respect the game because you never know what can happen in a game. I just got caught up in the moment and I was trying to get the people a Big Mac. They really wanted a Big Mac (judging by how loud the crowd was getting) and I felt like, not only did I take the shot and miss the shot, we didn’t even get the Big Mac. Next time, I won’t take that 3-pointer.”

Bad Karma, Joakim. Bad Karma. Like a football team going all out and trying to create a turnover on a kneel down play at the end of a game.

People love free stuff and these fast-food promotions lead fans to do silly things — the “we want ta-cos” chant remains a favorite — but the players should know better. Rise above it, guys.

Besides, Chicago is a city with some amazing burgers around. You don’t want to send the people to McDonald’s.

  1. mcdonoughs - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Cool story hansel

  2. 00maltliquor - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    No apologies Jo! If I was a fan attending the game, I would have greatly appreciated the gesture! Shame on the Chicago fans for booing him, at least he tried. And who cares, the game was over anyways, the oposing team shouldn’t get bent out of shape, same with coach Thibs, wasn’t like Reggie Miller or Tracy McGrady was playing for ORL down 6 with a couple seconds to spare!

    Give the fans something to go home with!!! It makes the experience that much more memorable and enjoyable.

    • zerole00 - Nov 8, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      I can’t believe they booed him, he took a bad shot purely for their sake.

  3. blueintown - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    This promotion is a great barometer for the state of the Bulls. During the 90’s it was usually 110 points for a big mac. During the post-Jordan/Pippen years it was 90 points for a small order of fries.

  4. philtration - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Big Macs are nasty anyway

  5. Gordon - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    They should have been booing about the prize being some crappy McD’s burger, or even worse when it’s Taco Bell.

  6. misterdreamer119 - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    What was the spread?

    • 00maltliquor - Nov 7, 2012 at 11:19 PM

      Great question! It was CHI -9. A make from behind the arc by Noah would’ve resulted in a push. A push means you get your money back, no gain-no loss (And I wouldn’t have gone 3-0 for the day : -D )

  7. qmizzle - Nov 7, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Um.. How the hell can you correlate that to the Bucs??

  8. scalfor3 - Nov 7, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    the best tasting burger is a free burger

  9. eugenesaxe - Nov 7, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    It wasn’t a meaningless shot to the people paying over-inflated prices to attend the game. They should be going for 100 every night. If that embarrasses the other team, maybe they need to play better.

    • 00maltliquor - Nov 7, 2012 at 11:35 PM

      Your last sentance reminded me of my high school coach.

      • eugenesaxe - Nov 8, 2012 at 3:19 PM

        I don’t recommend that attitude at the HS/college level. But when you’re getting paid to play, you give the fans a show from beginning to end, and if you’re on the wrong end of the score, sucks to be you.

  10. charlescub80 - Nov 7, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    Need to add it was a very stupid shot because they would have fouled him if he just held the ball. On top of that the bulls missed their last 3 free throws that would have sent everyone home happy anyway.

  11. beardown2489 - Nov 8, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Bad Karma, Joakim. Bad Karma. Like a football team going all out and trying to create a turnover on a kneel down play at the end of a game.


    Please dont’ compare things just because the may have come up in the last month or 2. They are not alike and it didn’t help your point. Just a sentence to fill space. Think about what you are about to write, ask yourself, “Does this make sense?”. If the answer is no, start over.

  12. davidly - Nov 8, 2012 at 5:25 AM

    If Noah had run out the clock and told the fans to go to the Billy Goat, he’d’ve probably been fined.

  13. raidmagic - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    As a Magic fan I wasn’t offended by the attempt nor do I think the team was bothered

  14. metalhead65 - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    please spare me the sportsmanship angle,everybody knew why he did it and was not to rub the magic players noses in it. it was to get the crowd something free. why must every little thing like this have a hidden meaning? don’t be afraid to do it again and if the other team does not like it well to bad for them. and if a certain blogger does not like it then that is even more of a reason to do it.

    • chicitybulls - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:50 AM

      I wish I could give you like 10 thumbs up. Especially your last sentence.

  15. phillyphannn83 - Nov 8, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    This has Jackie Moon written all over it

  16. nolahxc - Nov 8, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Definitely NOT bad karma! The fans will appreciate the gesture… at least they should.

  17. frommmattmdfitness1975 - Nov 8, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    For real, Kurt? Are you serious? Pontificating about “karma” in a meaningless regular season NBA game? Ask 100 NBA players if they care about a guy taking a 3 at the buzzer – regardless whether or not free Big Macs are involved – and I PROMISE you all 100 would say that dont give a f@ck. I mean, come on, everybody always whines about NBA players not caring about the games until the play-offs anyway, you really think they care about a player trying to send a buncha kids home with smiles on their faces?!?!?

    Please think for a second before you say things that absolutely shred your credibility.

    Doug Collins does this to Sixer fans all the time and it blows my mind. You can tell that the player is just DYING to make the fans happy, but Collins gives them that stern look and instead they dribble out the clock and draw a hail of boos after a win – all to satiate a bunch of old school coaches stuck on some archaic display of “sportsmanship”?

    You do realize we are the ones paying their salaries, right? And besides that, how many little kids are screaming with excitmeent and getting caught up in the buzz, and get to drive home smiling because they won a free burger? Maybe that makes the overall experience just a little bit better for the entire family (who just blew a couple hundred bucks for a night out), and maybe it makes them just a little more likely to come back and try and re-capture that positive experience?

    In fact, David Stern, before he rides out into the sunset, should issue a statement encouraging players to go ahead and simply finish out those last possessions rather than p!ssing off 20,000 people just to appease a few child’ish coaches whose feelings may get hurt if they lose 100-87 instead of 97-87.

    Look Kurt, admittedly, I’m no gynecologist. But you are definitely a c-word.

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