Hopefully Joakim Noah was the Knicks’ last big mistake
While the Phil Jackson era was certainly a disaster due to fact that he tried to force the New York Knicks to run his triangle offense even though he was an executive and not their head coach at the time.
On top of that Jackson signed Joakim Noah to a four-year $72 million contract, which current Knicks’ president Steve Mills made it clear that he wasn’t a fan of while working under Jackson.
“Had it been just my decision I don’t know that I would have signed him. There was a reason why we thought that (waiving/stretching) was the best thing for the culture…. of our team,” said Mills, via Ian Begley of ESPN.
Now, Jackson did draft Kristaps Porzingis, so there was a bright spot on his time in New York. Hopefully Porzingis can turn into a superstar along with Frank Ntilikina.
If both of those things can happen, than it will be easier to forget about the signing of Noah that really put the Knicks in a bad position financially.
Noah recently admitted that he partied too much during his time in New York and Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reported that the Knicks’ front office kept their young players away from Noah.
Noah’s partying was well known and young players, including fellow Frenchman Frank Ntilikina, were told not to go out with him, according to a source.NY Daily News
I can’t say I blame the Knicks’ brass for protecting their young assets like Ntilikina from Noah with all that they have invested in them.
Noah clearly didn’t take his time with the Knicks serious. He was handed a huge guaranteed contract and could do whatever he wanted because he was going to get his money no matter what.
Unfortunately the Knicks will continue to pay Noah after releasing him earlier this season.
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