LeBron James and Joakim Noah fight about dancing

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 12/05/2009, 11:47am

The stodgy parents from “Footloose” were right.

Dancing just ain’t no good for anyone.

Especially in the NBA.

The morning after the heated exchange between Bulls’ Joakim Noah and LeBron James, we are left to find the words to describe a spat brought about by a difference of opinion as it pertains to dancing.

We’re still talking about sports here, in case you’re confused.

Midway through the fourth quarter, and with the game clearly in hand for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the two had a verbal battle over all the jukin’ and jivin’.

As James went to the free-throw line, Bulls center Joakim Noah had seen enough. He essentially yelled from the bench that there was a fine line between celebrating and showing up a team, and James was crossing it.

Ric Bucher seems to know exactly what Noah said, which will not win him any Sportsman of the Year awards.

Noah’s complaint may have merit. The Cavs are owners of some of the most convuluted and complicated celebratary routines out there. If you’re old-school or an Andy Rooney-type, you probably hate it all.

Then again, James may have a point when he says, ‘It’s nothing against the Bulls, it’s nothing against Joakim or any of those guys,” he said. ”It’s not something that’s new. We have fun, and we love to play the game of basketball. It’s nothing about showboating; that’s not what we do. I think he was frustrated by the way he played, maybe, as an individual, didn’t help his team win.”

Did Noah have a right to get in No. 23′s face, or should he have kept his mouth shut? Furthermore, how do we feel about all the dancing and carrying-on? Does it have a place or would you like to see less?