Joakim Noah and the New York Knicks are all but done with each other. Despite the apparent ceasefire, Noah recently voiced his frustration.
Joakim Noah wants out! And if you didn’t already know that, he definitely put the New York Knicks on notice with his recent Instagram post.
Wonder what Joakim Noah might be talking about in his latest Instagram story… pic.twitter.com/mU3EU9HkTQ
— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) September 28, 2018
Noah held no punches when putting this story out on Instagram. Yet, despite the clear frustration, the 12-year veteran quickly took down the post, but the damage was already done. Certainly, you can understand Noah’s position as a player who wants to sign with a contender before the start of the season. However, playing the victim card gets old when you’re making $72 million over four years.
During the last episode of the Noah-Knicks saga, Shams Charania of The Athletic explained that the two parties are looking to part ways before the start of the season, with the Knicks using the stretch/waive provision. In this situation, the Knicks would likely pay all of Noah’s salary for the 2018-2019 season, and the rest of his contract would be divided into $6.4 million over the next three seasons.
In two seasons with New York, Noah has posted career lows in points per game, rebounds per game, and free three percentage. He’s played a total of 53 games and had a public feud with former coach Jeff Hornacek.
Noah’s skill-set is hardly tailor-made for the modern NBA game, but there’s certainly a place for a smart defender who still plays hard when he gets minutes on the court. With the Knicks, Noah can best be remembered for his weird screams on the court, awkward running style, and an impressive airball from the free-throw line.
Here’s to hoping that Noah can find another squad so that he can stop posting on IG with his shirt off, bleached beard, and celebrity friends (cough, cough John McEnroe).