Joakim Noah is undoubtedly a man of the people. The Chicago Bulls center is perhaps the only player in the NBA who would describe himself as a "chill guy" who likes to "go to the beach and go to concerts and do hippie things."
So when Noah took a three-pointer with seven seconds left in Tuesday's game against the Orlando Magic and the Bulls leading 99-93, he wasn't doing it to pad his stats. He was doing it for the fans. You see, if the Chicago Bulls score 100 or more points in a win at United Center, every fan is entitled to a free Big Mac.
Unfortunately for Noah, and thousands of Big Mac-craving fans, he has an extremely poor three-point shooting history. He'd taken four (now five) in his career, and missed all of them.
Frankly, Tuesday's attempt wasn't even close. Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau, about whom the phrase "no-nonsense" would be an understatement, said he spoke to Noah about the shot. It's probably for the best that he did not divulge the details of that conversation.
Magic guard J.J. Redick called the shot "unnecessary" and Ish Smith said "hopefully it won't happen again."
For his part, Noah was apologetic.
"I regret it a little bit," Noah told ESPNChicago.com. "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."
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