INDIANAPOLIS -- Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was escorted off the bench during the second quarter of Monday night's game against the Indiana Pacers because of an issue the league office had with his wardrobe.
Noah, who missed his third consecutive game because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot, was sitting on the bench wearing a grey sweater, a black blazer and jeans before being asked to change. After the Bulls' 111-101 defeat, Noah said wasn't quite sure what the league was upset about regarding his wardrobe.
"I don't even know really," Noah said. "They told me I wasn't dressed appropriately so I changed."
During the game Noah was taking taunts from fans in stride including one fan who barked out, "Hey Noah, nice skinny jeans!" Noah responded by giving the fan a thumbs up.
Noah admitted that it was the first time in a while he was dressed in that kind of attire.
"That's not really my style," he said. "But I want to be out there with my guys."
He headed into the locker room to join Derrick Rose, who has not yet watched a game from the bench, as he recovers from ACL surgery.
Noah then returned to the bench at the start of the second half wearing a blue-striped shirt. He also switched out of his black suit blazer and borrowed Randy Brown's blue blazer. Apparently the sweater was the problem under the league’s fashion code of conduct.