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Knicks practice notes: Joakim Noah still hurt, Willy Hernangomez to start Thursday

Okie dokie.

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Trade deadline mania may have enveloped the fans, but the current iteration of the New York Knicks still has to prepare for the rest of the season. Tuesday marked their first practice since the All-Star break.

As you can see from this footage, they are practicing running against traditional non-existent Knicks defense.

No fewer than three regular starters sat out Tuesday’s session:

Carmelo Anthony took advantage of the “All-Star Game participants can be excused from Tuesday practice” rule. More power to ya, my man!

Nominal starting center Joakim Noah has been out for a while now with an ankle sprain. He was expected to be back after the break, but he tweaked a hammy and will not be ready for Thursday night’s clash with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Willy Henangomez will start at center, to the dismay of absolutely nobody outside of Noah’s immediate family.

As for current trade rumor subject Derrick Rose, he’s taking everything in stride:

“Go with the flow” — that’s damn good advice in these last few chaotic days before the deadline.