Steve Popper: And just a reminder, Noah is still home and sick.Knicks considered flying him out, but he’s still throwing up, high fever.
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Ian Begley: On the injury front, Jeff Hornacek said Joakim Noah is sick tonight but he would have been inactive anyway.
Ian Begley: Ntilikina (knee) did not practice today. Porzingis (hip) was limited to non-contact portions of practice. Noah (illness) did not practice.
Seeing Noah so effective in training camp has even been in a surprise to his coach. “Coming off those injuries, literally, I’m shocked of how well he’s played just because I didn’t think he was gonna be ready this early,” Jeff Hornacek said following practice Saturday. “I’m extremely happy with how he’s playing. He’s playing the right way. He sets great screens, he rolls hard, which opens up other things for guys if he doesn’t get it. He’s been finishing with driving layups. He’s been playing great.”
Noah, who battled shoulder and knee injuries last season, hasn’t seen game action since Feb. 4. “We’re probably gonna keep him limited, but we want to get him in and taste playing again,” Hornacek said. “He was out the last part of the season, so we want to get him some time, definitely.”
Adam Zagoria: Steve Mills says Joakim Noah is medically cleared to play. #Knicks
Steve Popper: Knicks announce Noah injured right shoulder in January, played through it – MRI shows torn rotator cuff and team docs recommend surgery.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Knicks center Joakim Noah needs surgery for a torn left rotator cuff, league sources tell @The Vertical. Four to six months of rehab coming.
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.”
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
Noah, who has been a $72 million bust in his first season as the Knicks starting center, walked around the locker room without a limp or crutches, just six days after surgery to remove a bone particle from his left knee. The Knicks announced Monday he would be reevaluated in 3-to-4 weeks.
“It sucks to not be able to play,’’ Noah said before the Knicks hosted the Warriors on Sunday in his first comments to media since surgery. “It’s been a tough year. I just want to get back healthy and prove myself. I’m not happy with the way I played this year. I want to bring more to this team. Only way you can do that is when you’re healthy.’’
Asked if he would return even if the Knicks’ playoff race was over, Noah said yes. “I want to play,’’ Noah said. “I want to play. Right now, I’m taking it day by day. Next step is getting the strength back in the leg and go from there.”
Joakim Noah is likely out for the rest of the season because of a previously undisclosed left knee injury, sources told ESPN. Noah will undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his knee Monday, a source told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. An exact time frame of Noah’s recovery will become clear after the surgery.
Knicks center Joakim Noah will have surgery Monday on his left knee, putting his availability for the rest of the season in serious doubt. The oft-injured Noah will have an arthroscopic procedure to clean out cartilage from the knee. The timetable for his recovery could be as little as three weeks — or certainly as many as the six weeks that remain in the regular season. The Knicks’ decision with Noah could hinge on whether they are still in a playoff race in late March.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Knicks’ center Joakim Noah is likely to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery and miss rest of season, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Ian Begley: As expected, Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah are out tonight. Porzingis may play on Monday vs. TOR. Noah is unlikely to play Monday.
Coach Jeff Hornacek, following the nighttime session in Tarrytown, said he expected Noah to miss a sixth straight game with his hamstring injury Thursday when the Knicks visit Cleveland.
“He tweaked it again in one of the practices and made it worse, right before the break. He was getting close,” said Hornacek, who indicated he would start rookie Willy Hernangomez again. “That’s the problem with hamstrings. You think you’re fine and you’re going fine and then you make that one hard move that sets you back.”
Ian Begley: Joakim Noah tweaked his hamstring during a practice before the break and will miss the Cavs game, per Hornacek. Hernangomez will start.
Noah injured his left hamstring in the first quarter of Saturday’s loss to Cleveland. He attempted to return in the second quarter but shut it down in the second half. He said it’s as bad as the preseason injury — which means Noah could miss the rest of the homestand. “It’s about the same,” Noah said. “Taking it day by day. Usually it gets more sore a couple of days after then gets better.”
Ian Begley: Derrick Rose will return tonight. He missed four games with an ankle injury. Joakim Noah (hamstring) is out.
Al Iannazzone: Joakim Noah has a sore left hamstring and will not return, Knicks say.
Fred Kerber: Joakim Noah “feels good” and is ready to play for #Knicks Jeff Hornacek said
Gary Washburn: Porzingis and Noah are OUT for the #Knicks vs #Celtics
To his credit, the 31-year-old center, who has missed two games because of the flu and half of the preseason due to hamstring and ankle woes, wouldn’t use that injury as an excuse. “Early in the game, I sprained it,’’ Noah said. “I was able to keep playing on it and it just got a little worse. I keep getting treatment and see how I feel tonight.” Asked if it affected his jumping ability in the final period, when Kanter led the Thunder to victory with bullying play inside, Noah said, “It wasn’t too much of a factor. I was on adrenaline, playing on adrenaline. It didn’t go as we wanted. It is what it is.’’
Michael Scotto: New York Knicks say Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah (sore left hamstring) will not be available for tonight’s game against the Brooklyn Nets.
Al Iannazzone: Joakim Noah will not play tonight due to sore hamstring
Calvin Watkins: Knicks center Joakim Noah will miss the Tuesday preseason opener against the Rockets with a left hamstring injury. Noah said he injured the hamstring on the last play of training camp practice last week. “It’s tough, I want to be out there and I want to play,” Noah said. “But at the same time, I have to be smart. You have to be careful with hamstrings. It’s preseason and I just want to be right when it counts.”
Noah said his left shoulder, which needed season-ending surgery to repair a dislocation in January, has fully healed. He even stretched his left arm behind his head to try to prove it. For the second straight summer, Noah has spent time at P3, the acclaimed sports science academy in Santa Barbara, Calif., first popularized by former Bull Kyle Korver. “I’m feeling good,” Noah said.
Other than this interview, what’s your worst NBA moment? Joakim Noah: It was probably when my shoulder slipped out last year. … Always getting dunked on, that’s never a good feeling. But yeah, I would probably say doing this interview. … Yeah, I would say this is worse (smile).
Nick Friedell: Hoiberg knows that having Noah’s veteran presence back in the locker room will help some of his younger players. “Look, Jo obviously is one of the leaders of this team,” Hoiberg said. “He’s one of the vocal leaders of this team and definitely can have an impact. He built a great relationship with Bobby, who has been one of the guys that has gotten a great opportunity with Jo out of the lineup. So just to be there and have him around I think will be a welcome sight for our guys and we’re looking forward to getting him back.”
Joakim Noah: I want to thank everybody for the love and support. Good luck to the homies in LA tonight. Stitches out. Still rockin my drop. #rockyourdrop #seered
He is an unrestricted free agent following the season and his return is in doubt as the Bulls’ roster figures to get an overhaul during the summer. Still, Noah expressed a desire to return to the Bulls. “I hope so,” he said. “Right now, I’m not trying to focus on the future. I just had season-ending surgery last week but this is all I know. I’m looking forward to see what the guys are doing and just right now it’s all about taking a step back and just focusing on getting healthy and then we’ll go from there.”
Noah acknowledged that suffering such a devastating injury with free agency looming is not an ideal situation. “It’s not easy but I know there are people out there it’s a lot harder for (so) I’m not complaining,” Noah said. “It’s all about how you bounce back. I just want to prove that I have a lot more basketball in me. It’s very humbling to go through injuries. As an athlete, the last thing you want to prepare yourself for a long season and then get hurt. But it’s part of it. It’s tough but I’ll bounce back.”
Nick Friedell: Joakim Noah is back at practice today watching his teammates. es.pn/1OWrltM https://t.co/uxYChMayso
Coach Fred Hoiberg said Noah could return to Chicago by this weekend, though his four- to six-month rehabilitation will be slow at first. Unrestricted free agent or not, Noah is eager to return. “If we’re in the locker room or we’re in the huddle, he’s always going to be the one guy that says that one funny joke that loosens up everybody,” Gibson said. “That’s why hopefully we get him back right away.”
KC Johnson: Gasol on Noah: “It’s hard to accept the news.”
During last night’s game against Dallas, Joakim Noah sustained a dislocation of the left shoulder which was reduced in the training room. Earlier today, he was evaluated at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, where it was determined that he will undergo surgery to stabilize his left shoulder. His recovery time is estimated at four to six months.
Noah’s season is in jeopardy and perhaps, his emotion-filled eight-year tenure with the team that drafted him and city that embraced him is in doubt, as he’ll be an unrestricted free agent after the season. A member of an NBA team’s medical personnel familiar with the injury said to CSNChicago.com, “He’ll be out awhile, the second time it pops out is not good. Whatever has healed has been injured again along with usually more stuff”.
Eyes were low and voices were lower in the Bulls’ locker room as the mood was more somber than a regular-season loss called for, but as Derrick Rose said, Joakim Noah’s shoulder dislocation was “devastating.” Anyone who saw it, heard it or caught the reaction on Noah’s face after his left shoulder got tangled up with Dallas Mavericks center JaVale McGee at the 9:41 mark of the second quarter immediately seemed to realize the ramifications.
Earl K. Sneed: Per Bulls PR, it’s actually a separated left shoulder for Joakim Noah. Not dislocated. #DALatCHI
KC Johnson: The screams that emanated from Noah after the injury were no joke. Ran right past reporters on press row. Moving past human element, which is real, this also could affect Bulls as they approach trade deadline. Noah was available.
Nick Friedell: For what it’s worth, Noah said his shoulder was fine after the game and that he was looking forward to playing on Tuesday vs. Bucks.
FOX Sports News: Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg says center Joakim Noah (shoulder) will play tonight against the Washington Wizards.
Vincent Goodwill: Joakim Noah will play tonight. Will be eased back in. No minute restriction but…
Nick Friedell: Noah did not travel to Atlanta. Hoiberg is hopeful he’ll be able to play Monday.
Vincent Goodwill: Noah out for Hawks game. Didn’t make trip to Atlanta. Hoiberg wants him to go through a practice first
Noah will miss Thursday night’s game against the Boston Celtics, but Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg is optimistic that when the schedule gets more strenuous over the next couple of weeks, he’ll have Noah ready. “He’s out tonight and then Saturday, right now, he’s 50-50 at best I’d say,” said Hoiberg, referring to Saturday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks. “Hopefully, we’ll get him for next week for sure, back for that four-in-five-nights stretch.”
KC Johnson: Hoiberg said now it’s “most likely” Noah won’t travel to Atlanta. Next week is target. Bulls’ only 4-in-5 stretch.
Vincent Goodwill: Joakim Noah will be re-evaluated next week. He was shooting around at shootaround this morning
Vincent Goodwill: Noah said he was told 2-4 weeks. MRI revealed a slight tear.
KC Johnson: It’s 2 weeks of rehab for Noah and then an evaluation. So longer until return to game action. Noah will miss at least at OKC, at Dallas, home vs. Raps, Indy, Knicks and at Raps. That’s a tough stretch.
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During the latest episode of ESPN’s “The Lowe Post” podcast, ESPN’s NBA Insider Brian Windhorst says Toronto could be in the “driver’s seat” to land San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard and went on to say the Lakers and Sixers have bowed out of the Kawhi sweepstakes.
Brian Windhorst: “I think they’re in the driver’s seat for Kawhi because I think the Lakers have given up.” “The Sixers have given up and with the Nets, Bulls and Hawks spending their cap space, it makes it harder to assemble a multi-team trade. I think the Raptors are in the driver’s seat.”
Matt Velazquez: Marshall Plumlee is no longer on a two-way contract with the Bucks, giving them at least one two-way spot to work with. Bucks extended a qualifying offer to fellow two-way player Xavier Munford earlier this summer.
Walton told ESPN he has been encouraged by their early communication. “He’s about the team. He’s about doing things the right way, and he’s about winning,” Walton said. “I can work with those qualities.”
Mike Trudell: Alex Caruso will not play in tonight’s semifinal game vs. Cleveland due to an illness. He’s back at the team hotel, in fact. Caruso been terrific in L.A.’s 5-0 run in Vegas, and will be missed on both ends of the floor.