Joakim Noah Rumors

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Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
Position: C
Born: 02/25/85
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:227 lbs. / 103 kg.
Salary: $17,765,000
Joakim Noah is back on the court and his physique is still impressive. The Knicks center, who will be suspended for the first 12 games of this season for using a PED, has been working out at the team’s training facility and apparently “looks great,” according to teammate Michael Beasley. “I mean, he’s cut up. He’s got 25 abs right now,” Beasley said. “He’s in shape. Y’all know he’s strong as hell.”
Noah, 32, spoke philosophically about a year in which everything that could’ve gone wrong for him went wrong. “I wouldn’t trade it for s–t,’’ Noah said. “I know a lot of people are mad about it, but I’m not. I don’t feel sorry for myself. Everything that happened were my decisions. I’m a grown-ass man. I’m playing in New York City. It sucked because I didn’t play well. I get to bounce back and come back next year. … I’m not going to quit. “I know New York — I know if I can come back and get it right, that could be a big story, too,’’ Noah added.
On several occasions, Noah mentioned a confidence loss last season. He struggled from the free-throw line (43 percent), couldn’t find rhythm on offense and seemed to lose a step on defense in his 46 games. He admitted he faced “high expectations” because he signed “a really big deal.” “I went through a lot of adversity,’’ Noah said. “You go through injuries. I lost my confidence this year. It’s about bouncing back and showing who I am through these tough times. It can really show what you’re made of.”
“It’s tough, man, because I got a lot of love and respect for Phil,’’ Noah said. “He gave me an opportunity to play back home. Somebody I read all his books as a kid. I was just a big fan and still am. I have a lot of respect for him. It didn’t work out. That sucks. It’s something I have to live with. He believed in me, and I kind of let him down. That’s frustrating. He got a lot of blame that it was his fault. But we didn’t lose all those games because of Phil Jackson.’’
According to sources, West Point would have let the Knicks return. Sources said the Knicks aren’t leaving because of the Noah matter, even though the issue may have resurfaced. The sense is staying at home in Tarrytown for this post-Jackson training camp will contain less distractions and allow them to get more work done in a key preseason during which coach Jeff Hornacek will reestablish his pace-setting offense.
Sources told Ramona Shelburne and I that Noah’s name came up in multiple discussions about possible Porzingis trades with Jackson and the Knicks looking to send out the remainder of the four-year, $72 million contract that he signed last offseason. Butler factored in because one of the many offers discussed between Boston and the Knicks, per sources, included Boston’s third pick, a second 2017 lottery pick and an additional player (Jaylen Brown, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart were among the names discussed).
3 months ago via ESPN
Storyline: Joakim Noah Trade?