After the shootings, Noah took to his Twitter account to express his feelings on the horror the country witnessed. Here was his initial tweet: “This is so f*cked up… There needs to be some kind of gun control.. For real” He also tweeted this: “Bowling for columbine all day,” as well as retweeting Michael Moore tweets, including: “On this day in 1791 the Founding Fathers created the 2nd Amendment. It took a good 15seconds to load 1 bullet(musket ball) then “ Surprisingly, head coach Tom Thibodeau had expressed no problems with Noah’s “guns of glory’’ or Nate Robinson’s “flaps-down’’ post-shot celebration this season. “At times he doesn’t like that,’’ Bulls forward Taj Gibson said of Thibodeau earlier this season. “He knows it works with this group, he understands it, so he puts up with it.’’
Joakim Noah’s post-shot “guns of glory’’ celebration had been on full display this season, with the Bulls center shooting off finger guns and blowing them off, before emphatically jamming them into imaginary holsters after hitting outside jumpers since the start of camp. But in the wake of the shootings that left 26 people dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last week, Noah made the decision to find a new way to express his improved shooting ability from outside the paint. “I started doing it in practice [a few years ago], did the guns and kept doing it,’’ Noah explained after the Tuesday 100-89 win over Boston. “It was a funny, comical thing, but we’re in a situation right now where it’s not funny. You can’t joke around with things like that. Too many people are dying because of guns. We have a problem here with guns, so I’m trying to be a little compassionate. It’s not a joking matter. We have a serious problem with it in Chicago. It’s crazy. I mean this summer, the movie theater, it’s happening all the time. This is unheard of. Every story is horrific. The gun thing in this country is no joke.’’
When he gets back to New Orleans, he said he plans to meet with the schools of his kids. He wants to know what measures they are taking to protect the students. If they don’t convince him measures are being taken, he said he will pull his kids out. “You shouldn’t have to think of home schooling your kids for safety reasons,’’ Williams said. “That’s where I think we need to try harder to save our kids. Get rid of the red tape and bureaucracy. If we have to put policemen at all the schools in America, so be it. I mean, that’s what policemen are supposed to do, protect and serve. you shouldn’t be able to go and buy a bullet proof vest. That should throw a red flag to anyone who sells it.’’
“But the NBA isolates us a little bit, then when things happen, we think perspective, but that’s a natural reality for people in the Sudan, Johannesburg, third world South America. But for us, we live in a world where we read Hoopshype and RealGM everyday, and we don’t pay attention to what’s going on in the world.’’
“I have always felt like (professional) basketball kind of puts us in a fantasy world a bit,’’ Williams said. “When things like (Clackamas) happen we think it puts life in perspective. But the reality is, we’ve have situations like that happen all over the world. There was situation in Asia not too long ago where a guy took a knife and cut up 20 kids, But we don’t hear about that over here. If everything was reported all the time, we probably wouldn’t leave our homes.
Last week, when Monty Williams was in Oklahoma City coaching the New Orleans Hornets, he heard about the Clackamas Town Center shooting. The former Trail Blazers assistant, who said he went to the mall at least 10 times with his kids, said he was instantly taken back to memories of his five years living in nearby West Linn, and coaching in Portland. “As soon as I got the news, I texted LaMarcus (Aldridge) just to make sure all the guys were OK, that nobody was in the mall,’’ Williams said. “I’m so tied to this area, I just didn’t want anybody to forget that I love them. But gosh, I would take my kids there and grab something to eat … and you hear that news and you just don’t think something like that is going to happen in this community. When it does, it brings everybody back home.’’
The horrible, heartless events in Connecticut, where 20 elementary school children were murdered, has left an impact on everybody — especially parents. NBA parents are no different. “My oldest is in school now, and it’s heart-wrenching that the lives of children were taken away,” said Elton Brand, whose child was born in 2008. “That’s the scary part. It could happen anywhere. I like to drop him off at school, and he waves and smiles and says, “See you later daddy. “And those kids aren’t coming back. I just said a prayer and wished their families the best — such a tough situation. You drop them off at school, you feel like he’s happy and safe. To think that something like that could happen, it hurts.”
Out in Chicago, before the Nets played the Bulls, Deron Williams remembered getting texts on Friday morning about Newtown, getting the first wave of terrible news shortly after all the killing started. “I was just shocked, man,’’ Williams said. “It’s sick. It’s a sick world we live in where stuff like that happens. As a parent, sending your kid to school, that’s one of the safest places you can think of, especially elementary school. High school maybe you can understand. Kids get access to guns. They hold grudges and things like that. But elementary school, for an adult to go in there and kill 20 innocent kids, it just makes me sick — that your kids can go to school and you will never see them again.”
The most heinous of all heinous crimes was carried out only about 75 miles from the Garden, and it was still sending shock waves through this arena and other ones, where athletes and fans alike tried to understand how 20 young kids and six adults could be wiped out on a chilly Friday morning at their Sandy Hook Elementary School. “Absolutely shocking,” said Tyson Chandler, walking out onto the Garden floor for pregame warmups. “That kind of stuff, you can’t fathom happening. I was talking to my wife over dinner last night about it. Some parents lost a child. Some people lost a parent. Children witnessed things that they shouldn’t have to witness. Things that took their innocence away. It’s just sickening. My daughter is 6 and something like that hits home, a little too close. You never even want to have to think about anything like that with your own child. I can’t imagine what those parents are going through.’’
LeBron said was Dwyane Wade’s idea for Heat players to have kids with them in moment of silence for Conn. victims. “It was very emotional,’’ James said about the moment of silence before game against Washington. “D-Wade brought it up and we all thought it would be the best thing to do, not taking anything granted, knowing that we have our families still. A very emotional time, a moment of silence. And to have our kids out there was great.’’
Foye agreed with that sentiment, saying, “I feel as though something needs to be done. Too many incidents are happening … [including] the guy in Colorado, the situation with the guy for the Chiefs [Jovan Belcher], the situation today. Something has to happen. “If there are stricter gun laws, then people won’t do it. If they do it they know the consequences as soon as they’re caught.”
Without mentioning gun control specifically, New Orleans Hornets Coach Monty Williams, a father of five, said Friday night the Connecticut school shooting that left 20 young children dead among 27 fatalities calls for swift action to protect innocent victims. “It’s past unfortunate; it’s one of those situations that you don’t have to have kids to have a load of compassion for all the families involved, even the kids who witnessed it and heard it,” Williams said before the Hornets hosted the Minnesota Timberwolves. “At some point, we’ve got to get past bureaucracy and all the nonsense and do something about this so our kids can be safe.
“For starters, I want to send thoughts and prayers to the people in Connecticut who were impacted by this tragedy,” coach Mark Jackson said during pregame interview. “I’m praying for everyone in this world. It certainly is a tragedy, and I’m lifting those folks up.” Assistant coach Jerry DeGregorio used to live 20 minutes from the site of the shooting. Point guard Stephen Curry and center Andris Biedrins have small children. Even rookies Draymond Green and Kent Bazemore were still in shock, pondering how something like that could happen. “Not being able to drop your kids off at school and know that they’re going to be safe and you’ll be able to pick them up after school is a tough feeling to have,” Curry said. “All you can do is pray and hope they find some kind of comfort and peace in the situation, and that something happens that helps our nation become safer.”
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