Latest Update (April 27)
9:20AM: Joakim Noah had shoulder surgery on Wednesday to repair his right rotator cuff, the Knicks announced Thursday morning.
The surgery was performed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.
Jeff Hornacek told Ian Begley of ESPN that Noah's recovery time is approximately five months.
Previous Reports and Reaction (April 12)
6:41PM: Joakim Noah has not decided if he will have surgery on his injured on shoulder, head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters before Wednesday's game.
If Noah does get the surgery, Hornacek said the recovery time will be about five months.
Noah initially injured his right rotator cuff in January, but continued to play through it, the team said Wednesday. He underwent an MRI after the injury and had a follow-up test in April, which showed no improvement.
The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday that the 32-year-old would undergo the surgery.
Noah, who will serve a 20-game suspension once he is healthy, is expected to have a recovery time of four-to-six months.
Noah was suspended after being cited by the league for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033. He has not played since Feb. 4.
He signed a four-year, $72 million contract with the Knicks last year.
April 11: Noah's Knickerbocker tenure has rapidly taken a turn into Amar'e Stoudemire territory. Whereas the beginning of STAT's time in New York represented hope, by the end, he was all but a shell of his former self. All that could go wrong was going wrong. While rehabbing his way back from one injury, he simply hit another wall. By the end of his tenure, Stoudemire and his contract became a huge (and unmovable) liability.
New York reached that point with Noah before his first official season in town had even ended. His latest injury and subsequent rehab figures to keep Noah sidelined well through the early goings of next season. The clock for his suspension will stop, meaning it'll take even longer for him to make his return.
The Knicks will be looking to go younger next season and Noah's contract had already made him an impossible asset to move. Now his injuries and suspension will prevent him from hitting the hardwood and likely disrupt any sense of rhythm the Knicks attempt to find when the new campaign begins. The entire situation is just a mess that figures to continue impacting the Knicks in a negative way going forward.