York Knicks' Noah suspended for 20 games
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[March 27, 2017]
(Reuters) - New York Knicks
center Joakim Noah has been suspended for 20 games for violating the
National Basketball Association's (NBA) anti-drug policy, the league
confirmed on Saturday.
The Frenchman, who has not played since early February with a knee
injury, will not feature again this season with his ban covering the
final 10 games of this season and the first 10 games of next year.
"Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks has been suspended without pay
for 20 games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug
Program by testing positive for Selective Androgen Receptor
Modulator LGD-4033," the NBA said in a statement on its official
Noah, a two-time NBA All Star and former Defensive Player of the
Year, who signed for the Knicks from the Chicago Bulls at the start
of this season, is averaging 5.0 points and 8.7 rebounds in 46 games
this year - both below his career average.
The 32-year-old defensive specialist was expected to add defensive
steel to New York but has struggled since signing a four-year
contract worth $72 million.
The struggling Knicks (27-45) are well outside playoff contention
and face the San Antonio Spurs, with the NBA's second best record,
(Reporting By Tom Hayward in London, editing by Pritha Sarkar)
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Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) reacts after the Atlanta Hawks
defeated the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Hawks won
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