Another testy exchange for Noah


Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 12:18 a.m.

MIAMI — Fiery Chicago Bulls rookie Joakim Noah had a testy exchange with teammate Ben Wallace during a loss at Orlando on Wednesday, but coach Jim Boylan downplayed their argument.

Joakim Noah, Adonal Foyle, Hedo Turkoglu
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Joakim Noah, Adonal Foyle, Hedo Turkoglu

Chicago Bulls forward Joakim Noah (13) dunks past Orlando Magic center Adonal Foyle, center, and forward Hedo Turkoglu (15) during the second half in Orlando on Tuesday.Orlando won 102-88.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

The Associated Press

‘‘I know all about it. A couple of words passed back and forth between teammates. That’s all it was,’’ Boylan said before Wednesday’s game against the Miami Heat. ‘‘There was no confrontation.’’

Noah had a confrontation with assistant coach Ron Adams in practice Friday and sat out the next two games for disciplinary reasons.

Noah scored 12 points in Tuesday’s 102-88 loss at Orlando. On Wednesday, he declined to talk to reporters.

Wallace didn’t want to talk about his incident with Noah.

‘‘Ask Joakim about it,’’ Wallace said.

‘‘I talked to them both this morning,’’ Boylan said, ‘‘and they were laughing about it.’’

Noah had three points and eight rebounds in the Bulls' 126-96 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday. Fellow former Gators Jason Williams scored 17 points and Udonis Haslem had 15 for Miami.

*- Gator alum David Lee had six points and seven rebounds in the Knicks' 111-105 win over the Nets.

*- Gator alum Al Horford had six points, seven rebounds and two blocks in Atlanta's 87-80 loss to Milwaukee.

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