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NBA brass went easy on Bulls' Noah

Bulls center Joakim Noah shouts after getting his second technical foul and was ejected from this game against the Sacramento Kings on Monday. Noah apologized and was later fined $15,000 by league officials.

Bulls center Joakim Noah shouts after getting his second technical foul and was ejected from this game against the Sacramento Kings on Monday. Noah apologized and was later fined $15,000 by league officials.


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By Mike North

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah got a slap on the wrist with a $15,000 fine and no suspension for his profanity-laced tirade at three NBA officials and not exiting the court in a timely fashion in Monday night's loss to the Sacramento Kings.

Noah got lucky, and new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's first fine edict seems to declare open season on the officials with its leniency.


Look $15,000 is pocket change to NBA players, and even though Noah was right about the officials missing the call, he wasn't fined appropriately for his actions.

If you are an official, you can't be happy with that punishment.

Noah is a great player who busts his rear every night, but I think he was out of line this time.

It will be interesting to see what happens to the next player who pulls the same antics, and interesting to see how soon it will occur.

Film favorites:

While the Chicago area has been buried in snow this winter, there has been plenty of time to be what movie people call "Shawshanked."

That means when you're flipping around with the remote and you see a movie, you will consistently stop and watch no matter how many times you have seen it -- like we all do with "Shawshank Redemption," "Goodfellas" or "Saving Private Ryan."

Which sports movies make you stop in your tracks? Here are my Top 5 films:

1. Hoosiers (1986), with Gene Hackman coaching a small town high school basketball team that rises to win the Indiana state championship.

2. Raging Bull (1980), with Robert DeNiro playing former middleweight boxing champ Jake La Motta with all of his flaws.

3. Kingpin (1996), a comedy about tournament bowling, and a laugh all the way through with Woody Harrelson and Randy Quaid.

4. The Hustler (1961), an award-winning movie with Paul Newman and old pro Jackie Gleason at his best as Minnesota Fats in the shady world of pool.

5. Beer League (2006), with Artie Lang. This is my dark-horse film. Whether you played 12-inch or the 16-inch kind, it is a great flick about local softball teams on the field and partying off. If you played at all, you know it's pretty accurate and hilariously funny.

I'd like to know your Top 5 films. Email me at or tweet me via Twitter@north2north.

Why not? We still have at least two more months of winter.

Program notes:

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• Mike North's column appears each Tuesday and Friday in the Daily Herald, and his video commentary can be found Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at For more, visit

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