Knicks president shades Joakim Noah, says he never should have been signed
It’s safe to say the New York Knicks don’t care much for Joakim Noah.
Two and a half years after the team signed Noah to a four-year, $72 million deal, team president Steve Mills admitted that he never should have been signed and hinted that he was bad for the team’s culture.
On Joakim Noah intimating he may have partied too much as a Knick, president Steve Mills says: “Had it been just my decision I don’t know that I would have signed him. There was a reason why we thought that (waiving/stretching) was the best thing for the culture…. of our team.”
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) December 21, 2018
Mills was actually the team’s general manager when Noah was signed, but he was acting under the direction of then-president Phil Jackson. Mills is making it quite clear that Noah was a Jackson signing — or trying to deflect blame for the disastrous contract.
Noah wasn’t too enamored with his time in New York, either. It’s best for everyone that they’ve moved on.