Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Joakim Noah's Chances of Playing Remain in Limbo

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Joakim Noah's Chances of Playing Remain in Limbo

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NEW YORK - After waiting nine months for a chance to in a regular-season NBA game, Joakim Noah is finding he may have to wait a while longer.

Finally added to the roster after serving the remaining 12 games of his PED suspension from last season that, combined with an assortment of injuries, last had him in a game Feb. 4, Noah was inactive Monday in his first game eligible and again Wednesday. And it may not change.

"We talked about it," Knicks' coach Jeff Hornacek said. "With the amount of centers we have we can't even really find a lot of minutes for Willy (Hernangomez). We'll just have to play it by ear and see where it goes.

"I think the NBA should not have an inactive list. They have 15 guys on the roster, make 15 spots on the bench. Because then you have games where maybe you can get everybody in, get them some run. But then you have two guys that are inactive. It's a tough spot. But Jo's a professional. He's continuing to work hard and wait for his time.

"Jo's a great team guy. He wants us to win. He sees how they're playing right now. He doesn't want to have to rock the boat but he is competitive and he wants to be out there to help us. Every guy's attitude should be I want to be out there. But there are times when you're not going to get out there, but you're still part of the team. I told the guys you're still part of this team whether you're inactive, playing, not playing. It doesn't matter. Every day in practice there's a team, everybody contributes in their own way."

The players voted Noah defensive captain, but for the time being he will be shouting out his instructions in a suit.

While it is Dennis Smith Jr. who may be compared most to Frank Ntilikina since the Knicks chose the 6-foot-5 French point guard over Smith, who went next to Dallas, they also worked out Donovan Mitchell. Utah got Mitchell, the son of the Metss director of player operations and community outreach, at No. …

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