MINNEAPOLIS — The Orlando Magic obviously didn’t like losing to the Chicago Bulls 99-93 Tuesday night in Chicago.
But at least some Magic players also took offense to an attempted 3-pointer by Bulls center Joakim Noah with 3.8 seconds remaining in regulation and the Bulls ahead by six points.
Noah took the shot from 26 feet in order to try to push the Bulls past the 100-point barrier and trigger a promotion that would have won the announced crowd of 21,216 inside the United Center free Big Macs.
“It was unnecessary,” Magic shooting guard J.J. Redick said when he was asked Wednesday night about Noah’s shot.
Orlando point guard Ish Smith said: “We noticed, and hopefully it won’t happen again.”
Noah expressed some contrition for his shot.
“I got caught up in the moment,” Noah said after the game. “I regret it a little. It wasn’t a good shot. You have to respect the game because you never know what can happen.
“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. 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.”
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau spoke with Noah about the shot.
"I talked to him about it, but I'm going to keep that private," Thibodeau said Wednesday, according to ESPNChicago.com.
K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune contributed to this report. Josh Robbins covers the Orlando Magic and the NBA for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and connect with him on Facebook at facebook.com/JoshuaBRobbins. Follow him on Twitter at @JoshuaBRobbins.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun