Joakim Noah last appeared in a New York Knicks game on January 23rd and shortly after it was revealed that Noah would not be returning to the Knicks for the time being. It was announced by the team that Noah and the Knicks agreed that we would be away from the team due to an internal issue. The Knicks were attempting to deal him before the trade deadline but they were unsuccessful in doing so.
The root of the issues with Noah and the Knicks have been revealed, according to a report. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek got into a physical altercation with Noah after they had a loud shouting match.
Following comes from Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.
Noah was banished from the Knicks after an altercation with coach Jeff Hornacek during a practice last month. The disagreement stemmed from Noah’s lack of playing time, and it turned physical the day after he logged only five minutes against the Warriors.
While no punches were thrown, the Daily News learned that Hornacek was the first to shove Noah before they had to be separated.
The Knicks signed Noah to a four-year, $72.6 million deal in July 2016, and he averaged 5.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks a night in 46 games last season. He has appeared in just seven matchups this season, posting 1.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.3 blocks a night.