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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Knicks considering benching Joakim Noah

With the New York Knicks at 14-13, it would be unfair to say that their offseason moves have been failures. One, however, really isn’t working out well at all.

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek admitted that Joakim Noah could lose his place in the starting lineup if things do not change soon, calling it “something we have to keep our eye on,” via Marc Berman of the New York Post.

Noah, who is averaging just 4.4 points in 21 minutes per game, is simply keeping his head down as he tries to get better.

“I feel great — I just got to keep working,” Noah said Saturday. “It’s going to work out.”

Noah played just 11 minutes on Saturday against Denver, and he has struggled to get into the flow of New York’s offense. His 30.6 percent free throw shooting hasn’t helped either, and he’s an obvious weak spot in that regard when on the floor.

Noah has been frustrated with his play for quite a while now. So, too, are the Knicks, in all likelihood. They didn’t pay $72 million for this.

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