It doesn’t sound like Joakim Noah is fine with riding the pine with the New York Knicks.
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah has left the team for what is being considered “personal reasons” by the club.
After only playing four minutes this past Tuesday night against the Golden State Warriors, Noah was clearly upset after the game after declining to comment. He likely expected to play more with Kyle O’Quinn out with an injury and wasn’t happy that didn’t.
This means that Noah won’t be available for Thursday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets and Friday’s game against the Phoenix Suns.
“[It’s] for these two games and we’ll see,’’ said Knicks’ head coach Jeff Hornacek, via the NY Post.
Hornacek couldn’t comment further on Noah’s situation.
“We’re not going to comment on that stuff. Personal reasons, he won’t be with us for a couple of games. He works hard to keep himself in shape. He’s professional that way. It’s always tough when you want to play.’’
Noah may not be happy with his situation, but I’m sure the Knicks aren’t crazy about the fact that they have to pay him millions of dollars to sit on the bench. And his contract is untradeable due to the fact that he’s scheduled to make over $17 million this season, $18.5 million during the 2018-19 season and $19.2 million during the 2019-20 season.
The fact of the matter is that Noah is New York’s fourth best center behind O’Quinn, Enes Kanter and Willy Hernangomez. I’m not sure what his issue is, but his best move is to sit on the bench and cash in his checks.
Update: Frank Isola of the NY Daily News says that Noah’s absence could be due to him yelling at head coach Jeff Hornacek.
Joakim Noah not with the team….could be related to Noah, according to a source, yelling at Jeff Hornacek after playing five minutes vs Warriors https://t.co/BIlqxTrgwF
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) January 25, 2018