New York Knicks veteran center Joakim Noah will possibly miss the remainder of the season after having arthroscopic knee-surgery. Noah had missed the last seven games with hamstring tightness, in what has ultimately been an injury riddled season.
Knicks’ center Joakim Noah is likely to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery and miss rest of season, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 27, 2017
The procedure is only supposed to be a “cleaning of the left knee” and the team will do a re-evaluation in 3-4 weeks. Even if being cleared in said timespan, it would leave the Knicks with only 12 games left on the schedule. With New York being 11 games under .500 and 4 games back of the eighth-seed, it would probably make more sense for him to take the rest of the season off.
Too add that New York signed Noah to a monstrous $72 million contract this last off-season, the aging center may not push the issue. In the first year of his contract with the Knicks, Noah has already missed games with four different injuries, which includes an illness, a sore left ankle (two seperate occasions) and a thigh hamstring. This will be consecutive seasons that Noah will be shut down early, as he missed the final three months of last season with a separated shoulder.
Joakim Noah to have season-ending shoulder surgery https://t.co/zqGCJ6yZUI
— Post Sports (@PostSports) January 17, 2016
The Knicks have been making moves recently, but were relatively quiet throughout the trade deadline, besides the ongoing rumors of whether superstar forward Carmelo Anthony would be traded or not. The Knicks seem geared to be looking towards the future.
Kristaps Porzingis is an incredible building-block for the Knicks, but the team seemed reluctant to fast-forward the rebuilding process, by first trading for point guard Derrick Rose, signing Noah as well as veteran guards Courtney Lee and Brandon Jennings.
Jennings was waived early Monday morning in a surprise roster shake-up, while the team decided to sign guard Chesson Randle to a 10-day contract. There were also rumors surfacing that former league MVP Derrick Rose was a potential cut candidate as-well. With Porzingis suffering from possible ligaments in his ankle the load will once again fall solely on the shoulders of Anthony.
— New York Knicks News (@N_YKnicksNews) February 27, 2017
Noah, the former NBA Defensive Player, was averaging career-lows across the board with 5.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in his 46 starts. After some woeful moments on the court this year hopefully Noah can bounce back strong in the 2017-2018 season.