Last Friday’s tragic Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Newton, Connecticut has taken a serious toll on every American citizen. Unfortunately we all have ties to this story, somehow we all can relate, and we all want to do everything we can to prevent another horrific event like this from happening in our country.
Everybody grieves tragedies in their own ways, and we all respond differently. We all feel for our fellow Americans, as citizens of the United States we need to do everything we can to minimize the influence of violence and more importantly we have to stop glorifying weapons.
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has stopped using his signature finger pistols Saturday against the Brooklyn Nets; moving forward he has left them out of Monday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies and they were also excluded from last nights victory over the Boston Celtics.
After Tuesday night’s game, Nosh finally spoke to the media on the removal of his pretend gun-play.
“You can’t joke around with things like that, too many people are dying because of guns.”
Well aware of the gun problem our country is involved in right now, Joakim Noah was trying to show some compassion and the respect he has for all involved in the recent tragedy.
Joakim Noah’s finger guns emerged on to the court back in the 2010-2011 season after Noah shot a mid range jumper right in the face of former teammate Keith Bogans at a team practice. Quickly the finger pistols became Joakim’s signature way of celebrating his jump shots and other significant plays. We all know Joakim never meant any harm nor did he try to glamorize gun violence at any point in his career. Over time Noah’s offense has improved impeccably, his finger pistols came out of his holsters more often and soon enough the gesture became routine.
However looking back it is rather innapropriate for anybody to use an act of violence as a way of celebration. Joakim used the old western style gesture in a comical sense, but in reality there is nothing funny at all about guns.
Now this does not change the fact that Joakim Noah is my favorite center in the league what so ever, and I find it very touching that he is removing the gesture from his game. Noah is a big ball of energy, the Bulls feed off of that and his new found leadership he has taken on since Rose is still out.
I have no doubts that Joakim Noah will quickly pick up a new way of celebrating his shots. It’s all about trial and error. In Joakim’s big game Tuesday night I couldn’t help but notice he was doing new tricks with his hands after a few shots were made. They looked to be like jazz hands more than anything else. Joakim Noah is a well respected player, his compassion will be remembered more than his silly finger pistols.
I hope every Bulls fan enjoyed the gesture while it lasted, because those guns are now retired.