Joakim Noah’s bum hamstring has been a real buzzkill this preseason. The Knicks big man finally practiced on Wednesday, sprained his ankle, then sat out Thursday. Dammit, dammit, dammit!
So what about Friday’s practice?
Joakim Noah back to practicing today. Out here in the scrimmage.— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) October 14, 2016
So what is his status leading up to Saturday’s clash with the Boston Celtics?
Hornacek said they'll re-evaluate Noah before tomorrow's game. Noah says he's going to play.— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) October 14, 2016
Noah clearly wants to play; he gave a nice little speech about loving the game that is sure to make any Knicks fan tear up a little, per Marc Berman:
“Yeah, I really am [excited]. It’s been a hectic month being in and out with knick-knack injuries. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. It’s always special to play in that building. I’ll never take it for granted.
“I just love the game — I want to be able to play. Any time you get to play on an NBA court, it’s a blessing. The injury was telling me not to take any of these moments for granted.’’
Let’s watch Joakim scrimmage!
Sadly, the news wasn’t all good on the injury front:
Lance Thomas did not practice today.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) October 14, 2016
Second missed practice in a row for Lance Thomas, who has a sore heel. Lance has struggled with his shot in preseason, but seemed to be coming around in the fourth quarter of New York’s last game.
In other news, Derrick Rose has been playing pickup games in Los Angeles between trial appearances:
Rose's lawyer Baute told The Post's Julia Marsh his client staying at place with $5M gym and played pickup ball over weekend.— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) October 15, 2016
Is that even a good idea? I’m stumped. Hopefully the coaching staff has already approved this.
Finally, we end with Kristaps Porzingis, who is still the best: