It all started about a year ago, this rapidly intensifying feud between Chicago Bulls All-Star Joakim Noah and Detroit Pistons mascot Hooper. Or at least that’s the earliest thing I can find, that there clip from before a Bulls game in Detroit on April 7 of last year. It was then that the dastardly horse threatened Noah with a vicious ball toss, ignored Noah’s peace-keeping warning and then pelted the big man with a basketball, only to suffer the consequences — a single lash of the jumprope as whipped by the noble hand of Joakim Noah.
Then last night, the clash was reignited.
Once again, Hooper preyed on Noah, luring him in to a false sense of security with a pregame paper-rock-scissors match before scaring the bejeezus out of Noah in the hallway after the Bulls’ victory. And once again, it was Hooper who took the upper hand in this quarrel, showing Noah that he could defeat him with psychological warfare just as easily as he had destroyed him physically with that ball whip. We knew Hooper liked fisticuffs, but this is something new, something far more sinister.
If you have any further details regarding the Noah-Hooper altercation, please contact The Starters. He’s been messing with us for a while now, so it’s time to strike back.
On Thursday’s live episode of The Starters, the guys discuss the 2014 Nets, Big Al Jefferson, Dwight Howard’s video tribute, Kyle Korver’s streak coming to an end, Tupac, road trips, a Knicks protest, “Survivor,” Stan Van Gundy on stats, and who would win: an All-NBA Gunner Team vs. an All-NBA Pass-Happy Team.
Shoutout: 25 points in the second half for James Harden, who scored 31 in total and led the Rockets to a victory over the Magic. Yeah, it’s against the Magic, and even I don’t really care about it, but I just didn’t want to talk about how great the Bobcats were for this entire post.
Not so much: One of the reasons I didn’t want to talk about the Bobcats up there is because I wanted to mention that Paul George went 0-9 last night, scored all of two points, and added five turnovers in the Pacers’ loss to Charlotte. Bad action.
Heart-breaking sadness: Kyle Korver’s consecutive games with a three-pointer streak ended last night. I’m sure you were crushed.
It had been 127 straight games for K2 before going 0-5 in another Hawks loss last night. Between the streak ending, all of their All-Stars being injured and losses in 12 of their last 13 games, there is literally nothing left to cheer for in Atlanta.