Joakim Noah holsters ‘six-shooter celebration’
by Chris Strauss, USA TODAY Sports
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah started doing his “six-shooter celebration” earlier this year, where he would occasionally mimic firing a gun like an Old West cowboy after scoring a basket. After last Friday’s tragic shootings in Newtown, Conn., Noah has holstered his fake gun for good.
“I started doing it in practice,” Noah said after recording a triple-double in a 100-89 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday. “I hit a jump shot in Keith Bogans’ face and I started doing (it) and kept doing it and it was kind of a funny, comical thing, but I guess we’re in a situation right now where it’s not funny. “You can’t joke around with things like that. Too many people are dying because of guns. We have a problem here with guns, so (I’m) just trying to be a little bit compassionate about what’s going on. You can’t joke around — it’s not a laughing matter anymore.”
Noah, who achieved the second triple-double of his career on Tuesday, has previously worked with groups in Chicago to try and stop the city’s growing gang violence. He wrote about the experience for the Chicago Sun-Times in September.
Noah is just one of many athletes and coaches who have shared their reaction to the Newtown tragedy and honored the victims.