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Joakim Noah will return to the Knicks’ active roster on Monday as a 20-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs that began last season comes to an end. The veteran center will have missed the Knicks’ first 12 games of this season, including Saturday’s home date with the Kings.
“I’m not going to lie,” Noah said on Friday after practice. “It was very humbling, very tough, to not be able to be with the guys, to have to stay back and watch the games alone. That’s been tough. It’s been a long couple weeks. I’m happy we’re playing well. And I’m just happy to be back with the team.”
Coach Jeff Hornacek has been happy with the center tandem of Enes Kanter and Kyle O’Quinn, so much so that Willy Hernangomez can barely get off the bench. How (and if) Noah fits in is yet to be determined. “All I can do is just be as ready as possible,” Noah said. “Whatever my role is, I’ll accept it.”
Ian Begley : NBA’s independent doctor concluded Joakim’s physically able to play. 20-game suspension starts tonight. He’ll miss first 12 games in 17-18.
Joakim Noah returned to the court Tuesday afternoon, donning a Knicks workout jersey and shuffling through a light practice at the team’s training facility. The timing and the significance of the scene were not immaterial.
Although Noah was cleared by Knicks doctors on Monday night to resume practicing, the league has yet to weigh in. Only when it does, and approves Noah’s return to the court, can he begin serving the suspension. If he is cleared by the league before the Knicks host the Miami Heat on Wednesday night, he will miss eight games this season and the first 12 of the 2017-18 campaign. “Right now, it’s just starting my suspension as soon as possible,” Noah said. “And moving on from this.”
Fred Kerber: #Knicks Noah apologizes: “I made a mistake”
“I’m more of a kind of a natural guy, juiceball guy, Chinese herbs, African herbs,” Anthony said after the Knicks’ 109-95 victory over the Pistons. “That’s what I’m into. If you look at the banned substances, the list goes on and on. Changes are made that you have no clue. It makes it harder. It’s protocol you have to go through. For me, I stay away from pills — more of a natural guy.” Anthony says Noah is ready to face the consequences. “I feel bad for the situation,” Anthony said. “I’ve talked to him personally. It’s something Jo has come to grips with and face those consequences. He’s ready to man up.”
Joakim Noah could begin his 20-game suspension for failing a drug test as soon as Wednesday, meaning best-case scenario he’ll miss 12 games next season when games actually matter. Noah, who is recovering from knee surgery, was examined by doctors prior to Monday’s game to determine if he can practice again. If Noah is medically cleared, he can train with the team Tuesday and the league will have to start his suspension a day later when New York hosts the Heat — starting the clock with eight games remaining in this lost season.
Noah reportedly ingested the offending substance while taking a supplement purchased over the counter. According to the players union — which, it should be noted, works for Noah — the center did not know he consumed a drug that violates NBA rules.
Steve Popper: Hornacek said yesterday was 4 weeks for Noah. Checked by docs today and if he can practice tomorrow he can start his suspension
A. Sherrod Blakely: .@nyknicks Joakim Noah is suspended w/o pay for 20 games for testing positive for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033.
The Knicks expected to evaluate Noah later next week to determine if he’ll be able to return to the court this season. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters in San Antonio on Saturday that Noah hasn’t yet started on-court work. The Knicks have nine games remaining on their schedule following Saturday’s game against the Spurs, so Noah will serve at least 11 games of the suspension next season.
Jeff Zillgitt: Statement from NBPA on Joakim Noah’s 20-game suspension for violating league’s anti-drug policy: “After a thorough investigation, the National Basketball Players Association believes that Joakim Noah did not intentionally or knowingly violate any policy of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Under the recently negotiated CBA effective July 1, a player’s unintentional ingestion of a prohibited substance would be taken into consideration, and we believe the conduct here would not result in discipline. Unfortunately, the current CBA does not permit such consideration.”
Statement from NBPA: “Joakim was completely forthcoming and cooperative throughout the investigation and we believe that this isolated occurrence was a regrettable mistake. Joakim has offered his deepest apologies for this infraction, and neither he nor the NBPA will pursue an appeal.”
Rose isn’t into supplements for recovery. “I don’t take supplements at all — the supplements I get is from the team,’’ Rose said. “I heard over the years it’s tricky what you can over the counter. Once it’s in your system, it can change in yourself.”
Marc Berman: Suspension is for supplement in Androgen family.
The NBA is suspending New York Knicks center Joakim Noah 20 games for violating its anti-drug program, league sources told The Vertical. The NBA plans to announce the suspension on Saturday.
Noah tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement that is prohibited under the outgoing Collective Bargaining Agreement, league sources said. Noah, 32, is expected to serve 10 games of the suspension to finish out the 2016-17 regular season and 10 games to start the 2017-18 season, league sources said.
The National Basketball Players Association’s investigation concluded that Noah hadn’t “knowingly or willingly” violated the policy and cooperated fully with the league’s probe, league sources said.
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