No one knows when Joakim Noah will play again for the New York Knicks.
Since coming back from his 12 game suspension, New York Knicks’ center Joakim Noah knows that head coach Jeff Hornacek doesn’t have to play him with Enes Kanter and Kyle O’Quinn playing so well.
“You guys understand the situation right now,” Noah said, via NorthJersey.com. “It is what it is. I’m just trying to be the best that I can be. I don’t know what that is. I’m not playing. I haven’t played in 10 months. I’ve gone through some injuries. I’ve gone through a lot of things. But at the same time this is not – I’m not making an excuse. It is what it is. This is my reality. I’m going to do my best in a team setting. That’s always been who I’ve been. I just want to be true to myself.”
The 32 year-old Noah hasn’t played since last February and knows that he’s not the player he once was.
“Probably not. I can help. I feel like I could help this team and that’s just my reality. But I just want to, you know, just be the best that I can be. It’s not about trying to be what I was three, four years ago, because it’s not the reality.”
Unless Kanter and O’Quinn completely fall off or suffer injuries, Noah will continue to be inactive for every game going forward.
I’m sure the Knicks would love to trade Noah, but his contract almost makes the impossible. He’s scheduled to make $17 million, $18 million and $19 million during each of the next three seasons. Noah’s contract doesn’t run out until 2020.