Bulls’ Joakim Noah Calls Kevin Garnett ‘a Dirty Player’


April 18, 2010

Bulls' Joakim Noah Calls Kevin Garnett 'a Dirty Player' CLEVELAND — While the NBA
considers discipline for Boston’s Kevin Garnett, Chicago Bulls center
Joakim Noah called the Celtics star “a dirty player” for throwing an
elbow against Miami.

Garnett elbowed Heat forward
Quentin Richardson in the face during a sideline skirmish late in the
fourth quarter of Boston’s win in Game 1. Garnett was called for two
technicals and ejected. He faces a possible league suspension that could
keep him out of Tuesday’s Game 2.

On Sunday, Noah said Garnett
deserves whatever punishment is coming.

“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.”

Garnett hit Richardson, who was
walking over toward fallen Celtics forward Paul Pierce, who had gone
down near Miami’s bench. Garnett initially brushed Richardson with his
left arm but TV replays showed him landing an elbow as players from both
teams began pushing and shoving.

Noah said Garnett intended to
strike Richardson.

“He knows what he’s doing,” he
said. “It’s wrong. I shouldn’t even be talking about this stuff. It’s

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