Joakim Noah does right by Gator fans


THE PHILADELPHIA Gator Club, the local alumni association for the University of Florida, had 75 members in the Wachovia Center Friday night hoping to catch Florida star Joakim Noah, now with the Chicago Bulls, take on the 76ers.

They were disappointed to see that Noah, a rookie, was benched that night after arguing with an assistant coach earlier in the day. The Sixers told club membersthat Noah, upon learning what happened, volunteered to personally buy tickets for the 75 club members who were at the game to come back to see the Bulls play the Sixers on March 26. Noah, who was also benched for Sunday's game after a unanimous vote for the punishment by his teammates, has earned more respect from the Gator Club for his gesture to buy their tickets.