Knicks C Joakim Noah is looking to put his first year as a Knick behind him, and redeem himself this season.
Noah signed a hefty four-year, $72 million contract with the Knicks last offseason, and with that, came high expectations for the veteran center. On the contrary, Noah had a tumultuous season which is why he wants to give the Knicks and their fans exactly what he got paid to do.
"I'm in a position where I had a really rough year last year, I'm coming off injuries," Noah told The Post's Marc Berman. "And I just want to redeem myself for myself more than anybody else. Just come back and, look, I got paid a lot of money to be here and i just want to be at peace with that."
It was an injury-riddled season for Noah who only played in 46 games last season. He underwent surgery in April to repair a torn rotator cuff as well. The 10-year veteran also received a 20-game suspension for violating the NBA's drug policy. He served eight games already, meaning he will miss the first 12 games of the season.
If that wasn't enough, Noah enters training camp with hard competition at center with presumed starter Willy Hernangomez and newly acquired Enes Kanter vying for time.
"We have a lot of bigs, we have a lot of quality bigs so it's on me to just go out there and bring something to the squad," Noah said.
Last season, Noah averaged five points, 8.8 rebounds, and avearged 49 percent from the field. He also shot a career-worst 43.6 percent from the charity stripe.