Coach calls confrontation between Noah, Wallace no big deal

MIAMI -- Fiery Chicago Bulls rookie Joakim Noah had a testy
exchange with teammate Ben Wallace during a loss at Orlando on
Wednesday, but coach Jim Boylan downplayed their argument.

"I know all about it. A couple of words passed back and forth
between teammates. That's all it was," Boylan said before
Wednesday's game against the Miami Heat. "There was no

Noah had a confrontation with assistant coach Ron Adams in
practice Friday and sat out the next two games for disciplinary

Noah scored 12 points in Tuesday's 102-88 loss at Orlando. On
Wednesday, he declined to talk to reporters.

Wallace didn't want to talk about his incident with Noah.

"Ask Joakim about it," Wallace said.

"I talked to them both this morning," Boylan said, "and they
were laughing about it."

But Noah wasn't laughing on Tuesday. According to a Chicago Sun-Times report, he said that whoever leaked the story of the confrontation is dividing the team.

"You know what makes me mad, that somebody actually said and told you guys that there was a situation," Noah told WSCR radio station in Chicago. "That's what makes me mad. That's the only reason why I'm doing this right now. Otherwise I wouldn't be doing it.

"For people to say we've had a clash ... this is the kind of stuff that divides a team. You guys write these stories and hype things up. It's crazy."

The Bulls got a much needed win on Wednesday, routing the Miami Heat 126-96. Noah had three points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.