Knicks C Joakim Noah will miss at least the next two games due to personal reasons, the team announced Thursday.
Noah, who practiced on Wednesday in advance of the Knicks' game Thursday night against the Nuggets, reportedly screamed at head coach Jeff Hornacek after being taken out of the game in the fourth quarter on Tuesday night, reports Frank Isola of the NY Daily News.
The Knicks did not provide a specific reason for Noah's upcoming absence.
"We're not going to comment on that stuff," Hornacek said. "Personal reasons. He won't be with us the next couple of games."
Noah missed the first 12 games of the season while finishing a 20-game suspension he received last year for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.
He made his season debut on Nov. 27, and has averaged 1.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in seven games this season, while averaging just under six minutes played.
The 32-year-old Noah signed a four-year, $72 million contract prior to last season.
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Honestly, good for Joakim Noah yelling at Jeff Hornacek. Somebody has got to do it. Hornacek's rotations have been awful, and having Noah play almost never makes zero sense.
Forget about his big contract for a second. Why have a guy who has had success in the NBA and still has something in the tank rot away on the bench? The Knicks keep on losing with Noah not playing and Hornacek still refuses to play him. The one time he did play, he helped the Knicks win a game in the fourth quarter on the road against the Pelicans.
You can understand the frustration from Noah. Sure, he's getting paid $18 million a year to sit on the bench and never play. Some guys wouldn't mind that. They will collect their check and call it a day. Noah is a competitor who wants to be out there trying to fight and help his team win games. He had a chip on his shoulder coming into the season, sitting out because of his suspension. You can't prove anything to anyone if you don't get a chance to play any minutes. Guys with something to prove play hard, and if you're Joakim Noah, you should be furious at Hornacek for never getting to play. Rotting away on the bench isn't helping the Knicks win. He might not be the savior, but his energy and effort could provide a spark.
Guess we'll never know though...