Is it over for Joakim Noah? | The Tylt
Knicks center Joakim Noah will most likely be out for the rest of the season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. Let's be honest—he's no stranger to sports injuries. In fact, Noah has missed 97 games in his first eight seasons, and 89 more games in the last two years. Critics argue it's over for Noah—the Knicks need to pay out his contract, and push him to retire. But his $72 million contract lasts for three more years, and Noah always makes a return. What do you think? 🏀
Is it over for Joakim Noah?
Noah missed many games throughout his career as a NBA player. Something has to change next season. Should the Knicks face the inevitable and let Noah go?
Joakim Noah missed 97 games in his first 8 NBA seasons.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 27, 2017
If he misses rest of the season, he'll have missed 89 games over last 2 seasons.
Wasn't it always a bad move for the Knicks to take on Noah?
Sports Illustrated wrote:
It’s important to note that Knicks president Phil Jackson isn’t taking a “flier” on Noah. No, he’s paying starter-plus money on a full four-year contract that will carry Noah past his 35th birthday. While the Rose/Noah pairing will generate some initial excitement, given their name recognition, this money would have been better spent on a younger center like Bismack Biyombo or Festus Ezeli who could work as a Porzingis complement for years.
Noah's contract might be guaranteed, but it's not looking too good for the center. His starting days are practically over. So, maybe it's time for the Knicks to have him to take that money, and bounce for the greater good of the team. Critics argue injury after injury is a sign that it's time for Noah to retire.
Sports fans call it the sad demise of Joakim Noah.
Knicks have to make the best of it. Whether or not Noah becomes a backup center, he'll most likely still be around.
Back in July, USA Today reported:
The New York Knicks have agreed to a four-year, $72 million contract with Joakim Noah, a person with knowledge of his situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because contracts can't be signed until July 7. All four years of the deal will be guaranteed.
Although it might feel like an unpopular opinion, some fans believe Noah can make a comeback. He has three years left in his contract, and yes—he's accident-prone. But he always returns. Maybe he can do that again, and finish out his last three years strong. Put that contract to good use.
According to New York Post, coach Jeff Hornacek said:
If he’s out the rest of the year, he can take all that time and summer to get himself back right. If that’s the case, he can’t come back this year, it’s nice long stretch of getting back healthy.
Knicks fans are fed up with Noah. Signing him was a bad move for the Knicks.
Maybe it's time you move on, Noah.
After yet another surgery Joakim Noah's only going to come back even worse than he was when he was playing.— NYK Insider (@NykInsider) February 27, 2017
4 years 72 million :)
Joakim Noah should retire. The past two seasons he has had season-ending injuries, he won't return to the DPOY, shouldn't ruin his stats— Chris Gallagher (@cmg2gallagher) February 27, 2017
Yet, supporters still be believe in Noah. He'll recover, and finish out his contract strong.
Joakim Noah better come back next season and get 82 triple doubles— Gonzo4Lonzo 24-36 (@E_Rodriguez_24) February 27, 2017