Joakim Noah Suspended 20 Games for Worst Performance Enhancement Drugs in the World

From The Vertical, the NBA is suspending Joakim Noah 20 games for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy.

According to Woj:

Noah tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement that is prohibited under the outgoing Collective Bargaining Agreement, league sources said.

Noah, 32, is expected to serve 10 games of the suspension to finish out the 2016-17 regular season and 10 games to start the 2017-18 season, league sources said.

The National Basketball Players Association’s investigation concluded that Noah hadn’t “knowingly or willingly” violated the policy and cooperated fully with the league’s probe, league sources said.

Hilarious. Dude’s on PEDs, can’t get through a full season and this is just year one of four.

19 replies on “Joakim Noah Suspended 20 Games for Worst Performance Enhancement Drugs in the World”

hell, here comes the cherry on top of this season.

one of the knicksiest stories ever.

In all seriousness, I wouldn’t be surprised if plenty of players were using some form of PEDs. And some of them probably don’t even know what they’re taking, exactly. I highly doubt that Noah is the only one. He’s just the one who got caught because, well, you know, Knicks.

Fox opened my eyes with that game against UCLA. He looked good and thoroughly outplayed ball. He has good size, can get to the rim, and score and defense looked adequate. Special bonus, heard him interviewed after the game and he didnt sound like a dick. I’d be more than ok with it if the Knicks drafted him, Monk not so much.

Could it have just been an honest mistake due to him liking mushrooms in his omelettes?

Whatever. Most times I forget he’s a New York Knick when I’m planning our future world dominance.

Charley Rosen on Randall after the Portland game:

“4-of-7 (2-of-4 on triples), two assists, for 13 points in 19 minutes.

He showed quick hands and feet, excellent athleticism, a good release and good range (especially when he hit a left pull-up trey), and he also plays earnest defense.

Randle’s adhesive defensive pressure deep in the backcourt produced a turnover. Also give him credit for a tip-in among the trees. Plus, he alertly moves without the ball and plays with a quiet fearlessness.

All Randle lacks is experience. As an undrafted rookie, he was routinely dissed by the refs.

How good could he be?

If not a starter at the point, then at least a 20-minute sub.”

On Willy: “5-of-10, eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and 14 points in 21 minutes.

He showed a soft touch on mid-range jumpers, as well as on flippers in the paint — and he played hard.

However, the rookie rarely boxed his man off the glass, didn’t finish his screens, failed to adequately show in defense of screens, and made just as many good defensive rotations as bad ones.

Hernangomez’s biggest problem was the 7’0”, 280-pound Jusuf Nurkic, who repeatedly bullied him in the low post.

Despite all the talk about Hernangomez being the Knicks’ center of the future, his glaring defensive inadequacies indicate that he’s better suited to being a backup.”

Rosen on Baker:
“2-of-8 (0-of-2 from distance), four assists, one steal, block, and turnover, for four points in 24 minutes.

This is a hard-nosed kid who is fundamentally sound. He battles around-and-through defensive screens, plays excellent team defense, and generally makes good decisions with the ball.

On the debit side, Baker lacks quickness, and a consistent jumper.

Pencil him in for a fourth guard in a three-guard rotation.”

On Kuz:
“3-of-8 (including 2-of-5 from downtown), eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, two turnovers, and 14 points in 32 minutes.

He runs, shoots, scraps, is aggressive in attacking the hoop, and has good hands. Kuzminskas definitely has enough game to eventually become a third scoring option on a second unit.

Too bad his defense is atrocious. His rotations were routinely late. He frequently turned his head, and he was confused when confronted with to-switch-or-not-to-switch situations.

And at 27, how quickly can he develop? Or is his future already behind him?”

“In sum, except for Porzingis, only Holiday and Randle (and possibly Baker) have the possibilities of evolving into valuable rotation players who can be trusted to play significant minutes in close ball games.”

Oh, and Rosen on Justin Holiday:
“3-of-8 (0-2 from long range), two assists, seven points in 22 minutes.

He’s already proven to be a quick-release, bull’s-eye 3-point shooter. Moreover, he’s athletic, has good hands, moves well without the ball, and competes.

Consistent defense is his most significant problem — mostly turning his head and finding his man in early-offense situations. Nothing that can’t be remedied and, indeed, his defense has improved.

A valuable scorer off the bench, Holiday is also not afraid to take clutch shots.

But can the Knicks re-sign him? And if they do, will that lure his brother Jrue to New York?”

It sounds like Rosen really likes Jrue.

On Plumlee:
“0-of-1, two rebounds, two assists, one steal, zero points in five minutes.

The youngest of the brothers Plumlee, Marshall is a banger. He sets solid screens, offers admirable defensive help in the paint, makes effective shows in defending screens, has good hands, is an alert passer with a high basketball IQ, plays with extraordinary energy, and is strong enough to establish and maintain optimal position in the low post.

But can he score?

Again, unless he can broaden his game, Plumlee’s ceiling is being a stout backup at center.”

The Noah suspension is only for 5 games. He was going to be out these 10 games anyway and he probably would have been hurt for at least 5 games next year anyway. 🙂

I read that the substance that Noah tested positive is not even banned in the new CBA contract so he’ll, in effect, be serving a suspension for a drug that will be legal to take next year.

I get Rosen’s comments on Hernangomez and even made a comment about his defensive game in Portland along those lines, but I don’t see much reason he can’t get stronger and better defensively over time.

@16 I agree. I left this comment to Rosen’s article:

“I think that Rosen was a little harsh about Willy. Willy gets his share of blocks so he does offer some resistance on defense and should get better there. He’s also an excellent rebounder even though his boxing out can improve. He did get pushed around by Nurcic but can and will get much stronger with more work and with natural aging. His offensive game is exquisite and he can easily learn to hold his picks and to defend the PnR better. Again, he’s only a rookie. How did Jokic do in his first season or even Marc Gasol, who he reminds me of.”

P.S. I know he’s not in Jokic’s league but his defense could turn out to be better.

The Noah suspension is only for 5 games. He was going to be out these 10 games anyway and he probably would have been hurt for at least 5 games next year anyway. 🙂

Now I hear it’s for 20 games next year. This year does not count.

I wonder if there’s a clause in his contract that could help us get rid of him. Also what would prevent us from activating him now so that he can start serving the suspension immediately?

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