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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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Joakim Noah unloads on refs over missed call late in Florida loss

Florida fans were left disappointed and infuriated on Saturday after a non-call helped Auburn eliminate their team from the SEC Tournament, and Joakim Noah was as angry as anyone about it.

With the Gators trailing 65-62 and the final seconds ticking off the clock, freshman Andrew Nembhard dribbled up the court and tried to toss up a desperation three-pointer that could have sent the game to overtime. It looked like there was plenty of contact from Auburn defenders, but the whistle never blew.

Noah, who won two championships at Florida before he was drafted by the Chicago Bulls, was asked for his thoughts on the way Saturday’s game ended. He did not hold back.

“Bulls—. F—in bulls—,” Noah told SB Nation’s Matt Ellentuck. “They cant fine me. It’s the NCAA. That’s f—ed up.”

Referees are always more hesitant to blow the whistle in situations where it could decide the outcome of the game, but it sure looked like Nembhard was fouled. That would have created a separate debate about whether or not he was in the act of shooting, but a foul should have been called. Noah and others have a right to be angry.

Watch: Joakim Noah booed by Knicks fans in MSG return

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New York Knicks fans sent a message to Joakim Noah during the forward’s return to Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

Noah was booed when he checked into the game for the Memphis Grizzlies late in the first quarter.

The boos make plenty of sense. Noah was signed to a 4-year, $72 million deal with the Knicks in 2016. He was suspended for PEDs in his first season; fought with Jeff Hornacek in his second; and he was waived via the stretch provision prior to his third season. He played just 53 games for them and hardly made a difference.

Noah has played in 25 games for the Grizzlies this season and is averaging 4.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in 13.2 minutes per game. The Knicks are still paying him over $6 million each of the next three seasons. You can understand why the fans are booing him.

Knicks president shades Joakim Noah, says he never should have been signed

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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.

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.

Joakim Noah agrees to one-year deal with Grizzlies

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Joakim Noah was waived by the New York Knicks more than a month ago, and the veteran big man has finally found a new home.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Noah has agreed to a one-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies. The deal will be for the veteran’s minimum.

Noah, 33, is nowhere near the impact player he used to be, and he played in just seven games with the Knicks last season. His time with the franchise came to a rather ugly end, so it’s possible a fresh start could invigorate him if he’s healthy. From the Grizzlies standpoint, there wasn’t much risk in signing a player who has the potential to provide decent depth for their 12-8 team.

Report: Grizzlies nearing deal with Joakim Noah

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Joakim Noah appears to be ready to find a new home.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Memphis Grizzlies are in talks to sign Noah, who has been available since being waived by the New York Knicks on Oct. 13.

The Grizzlies are off to a 10-5 start, so Noah will at least be able to join a team that has some ambition of making something of their season. Still, at this stage of his career, he’s little more than a depth option, and that’s likely the role he’ll be asked to play in Memphis as long as the deal is completed.

Knicks to waive Joakim Noah

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Joakim Noah and the New York Knicks will reportedly finally be free of each other on Saturday.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley of ESPN, the Knicks will waive Noah on Saturday after he refused to take a buyout in light of a lack of interest in his services from the rest of the NBA.

This should end a months-long saga that has always looked to be headed for an inevitable ending. It has been clear for months that Noah would have no part to play in New York this season, but the Knicks were clearly looking for ways to save any money they could while getting rid of him. Ultimately, Noah’s steadfast refusal to take a buyout coupled with no apparent interest in his services led them to this step.

Joakim Noah Instagram post hints at frustration with Knicks

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Joakim Noah wants to know why the New York Knicks won’t just let him go.

In a post from his Instagram on Friday afternoon, Noah posted a cryptic message, presumably urging the Knicks to “let me go” as rumors fly about his future.

Some would say Noah has a point. It has been no secret for quite a while that the Knicks intend to get rid of Noah, with one report stating it would happen before training camp. That hasn’t come to fruition, and is perhaps a source of Noah’s frustration. Though the Knicks don’t want him or have any use for him anymore, they still have him on the roster, while he would simply prefer to be moved along and given the opportunity to catch on elsewhere.