The New York Knicks have played well recently but they have a player who has disappointed so far this season. Veteran center Joakim Noah could lose his starting job soon if he does not improve his play for the East team.
According to Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek, he will continue to monitor Noah’s progress this season. He adds that it’s “something we have to keep our eye on”, referring to Noah’s minutes and starting a job, according to a report from the New York Post.
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Meanwhile, the veteran is feeling good with his own progress and tried to remain positive.
“I feel great — I just got to keep working,’’ Noah added in the same article. “It’s going to work out.’’
Noah is turning in career-low numbers so far in the 2016-2017 NBA Season. The 31-year-old veteran is averaging just 4.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in 21.2 minutes per game in 23 outings this year.
Noah signed a $72.5 million contract for four years with the Knicks last summer. Team president Phil Jackson must now be regretting that free agency signing after seeing Noah far from his form during his prime with the Chicago Bulls.
The Knicks are also playing better most times without Noah on the floor. New York’s backup centers Kyle O’Quinn (6.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game) and Willy Hernangomez (6.1 points and 5.2 rebounds) both have stepped up during the times Noah missed games or played limited minutes.
“I don’t think we’re at that point [for] panic time there. It’s something to keep our eye on,” Hornacek stated after their loss to the Denver Nuggets in their last game.
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Noah’s Knicks have suffered a three-game losing streak but have a winning record of 14-13 so far this season.
Hornacek and the Knicks are still giving Noah a chance to prove he is worth his big contract. But if the veteran keeps hurting the Knicks, there is a big chance that he will lose more minutes and even the starting job in New York.
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