Joakim Noah was ejected from Game 2 while the Miami Heat routed the Chicago Bulls, 115-78, and was given a rude farewell on his way to the locker room. The woman has been identified as Heat season ticket holder Filomena Tobias. Since then, the Bulls have returned to Chicago to prepare for Game 3, the picture has swept across the Internet, and Noah has given his thoughts on the one-finger salute.
"Do you have fun when somebody sticks their middle finger in your face?" Noah said to ESPNChicago.com.
Noah admitted that unruly fans, especially during road games, are part of the gig, and concurred that hostile treatment goes back as far as high school as it has for most players who have reached the professional level.
"It's all good," he said. "It's all part of the process. It's all part of the process."
Of course, the teams could just call it even on "crowd interaction outbursts." In March, a fan in Chicago tried to swipe LeBron James' headband off of his head while he was leaving the court after the Bulls snapped Miami's 27-game winning streak.
The Heat, and their fans, have tied the series at one win apiece.