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Report: Joakim Noah taking personal leave of absence from Knicks


CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 27: at the United Center on December 27, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Knicks 92-87. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Jonathan Daniel

What is it about former Bulls stars leaving their current teams?

First, Derrick Rose left the Cavaliers. Now, Joakim Noah is leaving the Knicks.

Marc Berman of the New York Post:

DENVER — Joakim Noah left the Mile High City in a huff Thursday morning
Noah, who has been mostly inactive this year, will miss an undetermined amount of time as he takes a leave of absence, according to sources. One NBA source estimated it could be as long as a week.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:

According to a source close to the veteran center, Noah shouted at Jeff Hornacek after the Knicks head coach removed him in the fourth quarter against Golden State. Noah played just four minutes and 20 seconds.
“It didn’t look good,” the source said. “Joakim is obviously frustrated that he hasn’t been playing and then he finally goes in and he didn’t get much of a chance.”

Ian Begley of ESPN:

Noah, according to team sources, had been upset about his diminished role, but understanding of it.

The Knicks should be fine without Noah, or at least as good as they were while he was around the team. He missed the first 12 games of the season due to a performance-enhancing-drug suspension, and he has played just seven of 37 games since (40 minutes).

Hopefully, everything is also fine with Noah personally.