Joakim Noah shot a free throw on Monday that caused everyone, including himself, to cringe.
During the first quarter of the game between the Knicks and Pacers, Noah went to the free throw line after drawing a foul on Myles Turner. Noah missed both shots, but it was the second attempt that had everyone talking. Take a look for yourself.
SCREAMING at this Joakim Noah airball FT and his reaction pic.twitter.com/8Tjpxcu10L
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) January 24, 2017
Noah’s reaction is priceless, as he knew as soon as the ball left his hands the end result wasn’t going to be good, and it wasn’t.
Four seasons ago, Noah shot 75 percent from the free-throw line. Since then, he’s steadily decreased and came into Monday making just 43 percent from the line.
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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.
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.
New York Knicks big man Joakim Noah is willing to give the Cavaliers props for winning the NBA title, but his thoughts on Cleveland still haven’t changed one bit.
The Knicks open the 2016-17 NBA season in Cleveland on Tuesday, a game in which the Cavs will receive their championship rings in a pregame ceremony. Before the contest, Noah took an opportunity to congratulate the Cavs and to throw some more shade at the city of Cleveland in the process, per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.
Famous Cleveland denigrator Joakim Noah on being there for ring night: "Congratulations to Cleveland, even though it's not a vacation spot."
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) October 25, 2016
Of course, Noah and the Rock and Roll Capital of the World have a lengthy history with one another. Back in 2010, the University of Florida product famously quipped that he’d never heard of anybody going to Cleveland on vacation. Noah’s jabs at Cleveland continued over the years, as did his blood feud with LeBron James.
In an age of such turmoil and uncertainty, it’s quite comforting to know that we can rely on one constant to serve as our guiding light through it all: Joakim Noah will always hate Cleveland.
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Derrick Rose was cleared by a jury in his rape trial on Wednesday. While there is no way of knowing what actually happened between the plaintiff, Rose and his two friends on the night of the alleged incident, the defendants were found not liable. That is different from being found not guilty.
Someone should tell that to Joakim Noah.
Noah, who played with Rose in Chicago before they both made their way to the New York Knicks, had some very strong words on Wednesday for the woman who accused Rose and his friends of gang raping her.
“It’s a blessing to have him come back — it’s great the truth came out,” Noah said, via Marc Berman of the New York Post. “We didn’t have a point guard for all of preseason. All because of a girl who was trying to make money off my friends. … [It] is just wack.”
Noah added that Rose is “a tough kid but it was definitely a distraction, not just him but the whole team because some girl went out of her way to make money off of him.”
You can understand why Noah feels the need to defend his friend and teammate, but he should have a better understanding of what Wednesday’s ruling means before sharing such a strong opinion publicly. Rose was not facing criminal charges. The jury was not tasked with determining whether it is beyond a reasonable doubt that Rose committed a crime. Rose was facing several civil claims that included sexual battery, and the jury found that it is less probable than not that he and his two friends are liable for those claims.
Without getting too deep into legal jargon, the bottom line is even the jurors — those same ones who posed for these controversial photos with Rose — said there simply wasn’t enough evidence and made it clear they were not accusing the plaintiff of lying. Noah, on the other hand, called her a gold-digger. Right or wrong, he’s better off keeping those thoughts to himself.
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah chose not to attend a team dinner with US Army cadets and a retired colonel on Thursday night because he is against the idea of war.
Noah told reporters on Friday that he received permission from head coach Jeff Hornacek to skip the event.
“It’s hard for me a little bit – I have a lot of respect for the kids here fighting — but it’s hard for me to understand why we go to war and why kids have to kill kids all around the world,” Noah said, per Marc Berman of the New York Post. “I have mixed feelings about being here. I’m very proud of this country. I love America. I don’t understand kids killing kids around the world.”
This is the third consecutive year that the Knicks are holding training camp at West Point, where the United States Military Academy is based. Noah insists his decision to pass on the dinner was not a form of protest.
“It’s not my way of saying anything – I was not comfortable,” he said.
Hornacek said skipping the dinner is Noah’s “right,” noting that the team was fine with the decision especially given all that Noah does with raising awareness about gun violence. The former Florida star runs a charity called Noah’s Arc, and one of the goals is to fight gun violence.
“It’s changed my life the way I see things,” Noah said. “I spent a lot of time in Chicago in the neighborhoods trying to fight the gun violence. The truth is we’re losing big time. It’s just sad not enough is being done about it. This is the best country in the world, most powerful country in the world, and you go into some of these neighborhoods and feel you’re in a third-world country or war zone.”
Noah’s decision will almost certainly be likened to all the drama that is going on in the NFL, though it sounds like he was not trying to make that strong of a political statement. Still, we all do things on a daily basis that we are not comfortable with. Noah had to have known the reaction he would get.
The New York Knicks continue to aim high as their training camp opens up.
On Wednesday, it was Joakim Noah’s turn to be bullish, stating that the aim for the team this year was to dethrone LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“That’s definitely the goal,” Noah said, via Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. “It’s definitely not an easy task but that has to be the mindset. We all know what it is. Right now it goes through him. It goes through that guy. For us to get to where we want to get to we have to beat that guy.”
The Knicks are definitely feeling bold. Another new member of the team has gone as far as to call them a “super-team.” These proclamations are being met with a lot of skepticism, as is the notion that they’ll be able to get through the Cavaliers, but we’ll see how their confidence translates to games.