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Bad moment for a (usually) good guy

Gay slur doesn't make Joakim Noah a bigot, but he clearly still has growing up to do

Updated: May 23, 2011, 11:51 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

MIAMI -- Someday, presumably, Joakim Noah will be a wise old man, his ponytail streaked with gray, perhaps some grandkids gathered around him, and he'll tell them about all the life lessons he has learned.

He will tell them how he learned the hard way. And no one who remembers will argue.

Like the Chicago Bulls team assembled around him -- and, frankly, almost everyone else -- Noah needs life experiences to shape him. There is no adequate substitute for the kind of education ...

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