New York Knicks fans quickly purged their memories of anything involving Joakim Noah.
Before he became a significant bust in New York, Noah gave the Knicks fits when he played for the Chicago Bulls. Then came a three-year stint in New York, which included poor performance, suspensions, and a buyout.
Over two years after the New York Knicks officially parted ways with Noah, the former All-Star just found a way to give his old team — and their fans — another problem.
Joakim Noah had his best years with the Chicago Bulls
The ninth overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft, Joakim Noah had a terrific stint with the Chicago Bulls.
Noah averaged 9.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, three assists, and 1.4 steals per night across nine seasons with the Bulls. He had four seasons where he averaged a double-double and came up just short in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, where Noah averaged 10.2 points and 9.8 boards a night.
Noah made two All-Star Games and won Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 when he averaged 11.3 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 1.5 blocks per night.
The veteran big man contributed 9.7 points, 11 rebounds, a steal, and 1.8 blocks per game in 60 postseason outings with the Bulls from 2007-16.
Noah proved to be a bust in New York
Joakim Noah had a 2015-16 season to forget, only playing 29 games and starting two for the Chicago Bulls.
Noah opened the year behind Nikola Mirotić and averaged 21.9 minutes a night before a shoulder ailment ended his season early.
None of that stopped the New York Knicks from signing Noah to a four-year contract worth $72 million. Noah averaged five points and 8.8 rebounds in 46 games.
A combination of a drug suspension, shoulder surgery, a G League stint, and a fight with head coach Jeff Hornacek limited Noah to seven games in the 2017-18 season.
New York used the stretch-provision waiver in October 2018 to buy out Noah and part ways with him immediately.
The New York Knicks still owe Joakim Noah a lot of money
Although Joakim Noah hasn’t suited up for the New York Knicks in nearly three years, his former team is about to gift Noah something nice.
Because the Knicks cut Noah using the stretch provision, they still owe him money over the next two years. Noah is due $6.4 million this season and another $6.4 million next season.
That holds true even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has reportedly cost teams millions of dollars in lost revenue. The New York Knicks may soon have to resort to lemonade stands outside Madison Square Garden to fund Noah’s $6.4 million.
Noah, by the way, closed last season with the Los Angeles Clippers. Although he turns 36 in February, Noah has not expressed any desire to retire in the near future.
Whatever his plans are, one should not expect Noah to play in New York again, even with former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau running the show there.