Bulls’ Noah told to change clothes during game
by Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY Sports
Joakim Noah doesn’t even need to be on the court to create a controversy.
Noah watched the Bulls’ loss to the Pacers on Monday from the bench, sitting out his third straight game with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. But someone from the NBA decided Noah’s wardrobe choice — a cardigan, blazer and jeans — didn’t jibe with the league’s much-maligned dress code.
Noah left the bench in the second quarter and being approached by someone about his attire, though the center said he wasn’t sure what part of his outfit was objectionable.
“I don’t even know really,” Noah told ESPNChicago. “They told me I wasn’t dressed appropriately so I changed.”
Take a look for yourself (thanks to @HPbasketball for the screen cap):
The get-up is a far-cry from Joseph Forte’s Scooby-Doo shirt, but we’ll let you make the call as to whether it warranted the hook from the league.
Noah resolved the issue by returning to the bench in the third quarter after ditching the sweater for a striped collared shirt. It’s a safe bet that Noah will look a little more formal for the Bulls’ next game.