New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek made it clear that Joakim Noah is done.
The New York Knicks have been stuck with veteran center Joakim Noah since his altercation with head coach Jeff Hornacek last month, that allegedly involved Hornacek shoving Noah.
Ultimately, the Knicks have decided to keep Noah away from the team as they continue to figure out what they’re going to do with him now that the trade deadline has passed.
Hornacek made it clear on Tuesday that the plan is for Noah to not come back.
“I think that is the plan,” Hornacek said on Tuesday night, via Newsday.
It sounds like Noah’s days with the Knicks are over.
“That’s something that happened three weeks ago, four weeks ago,” Hornacek said. “We handled that thing with Jo. It’s not finalized because he’s still on the roster. We’ve dealt with that situation.
“There’s really nothing more to say about it, update it. We’ve moved on. He’s ready to move on and maybe have an opportunity somewhere else. That’s really our focus to go play Orlando. We have 23 games left. We’re trying to get our young guys to step it up. That’s kind of old story and all done with as far as I’m concerned.”
Jeff Hornacek answers questions about the Joakim Noah situation: "I think he's ready to move on and maybe have an opportunity somewhere else." pic.twitter.com/QlwZUyylWQ
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Even though Hornacek is saying that Noah is done in New York, he’s still on the roster, since he refuses to accept a buy out and it doesn’t make sense for the Knicks to waive him, given the fact that they owe him so much money.
The Knicks are in a bad spot after former executive Phil Jackson made the mistake of signing Noah in the summer of 2016.