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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Joakim Noah disappointed in his play: ‘I’m not happy with where I am right now’


The New York Knicks are off to an uninspiring 6-7 start to the season, and it’s causing at least one of their players to do some soul-searching.

In a recent interview with Ian Begley of ESPN, two-time All-Star big man Joakim Noah admitted that he’s been disappointed with his play so far.

“There’s still things I feel like I need to do a lot better,” Noah said. “I’m not happy with where I am right now. I feel like I can definitely play better, but I’m not going to get frustrated with the process. I’m giving everything I’ve got and looking forward to being better with this team, but not being frustrated with the process.

“I’m trying to figure it out. There’s no question. It’s been really up and down,” he continued. “I think that’s kind of like my role on this team. Some nights it’s going to be my night, sometimes it’s not, but at the end of the day I just have to be consistent with my effort and be consistent and try to bring something positive to this team.”

The 31-year-old Noah is averaging just 4.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game on 45.1 percent from the field and a horrific 31.6 percent from the line. While he’s managed to help the Knicks in other ways since signing with them this past summer, that kind of on-court production simply won’t cut it for a guy they gave $72 million to, and Noah knows it.

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