Chicago Bulls forward Joakim Noah hasn't always been a fan favorite. His effervescent personality often rubs people the wrong way, but you can't fault him for trying to win over the United Center home crowd on Tuesday.
Apparently, the Bulls have a promotion through which fans can receive a free Big Mac if they score 100 or more points in a home win. Noah obviously has knowledge of this fact.
So, with the Bulls leading the Orlando Magic late in the fourth quarter, Noah uncorked an uncharacteristic 3-pointer with approximately 3.8 seconds left in the game in an attempt to do just that. Unfortuantely, he missed, and Chicago came up one point shy of eclipsing 100. Final score: Chicago 99, Orlando 93.
"I regret it a little bit. 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."
It marked only the fifth three-point attempt in Noah's career, and as fate would have it, he has missed all five. Except only this one had a lot more riding on it...the stomachs of hungry fans.
Via USA Today.