Knicks’ Joakim Noah will start serving his 20-game suspension on Wednesday

UPDATE: The NBA’s independent doctor has declared Joakim Noah fit to play, so he will indeed begin his suspension Wednesday night. 

ORIGINAL STORY: New York Knicks center Joakim Noah could start serving
his 20-game suspension
on Wednesday, which would mean he’d miss the first 12 games of the 2017-18 season. Noah tested positive for a banned substance after taking an over-the-counter supplement, and the suspension begins when he’s deemed “eligible and physically able to play,” the NBA announced on Saturday. He has been out of the lineup since having
knee surgery in late February
.

From the New York Daily News’ Stefan Bondy:

Noah, who is recovering from knee surgery, was examined by doctors prior to Monday’s game to determine if he can practice again. If Noah is medically cleared, he can train with the team Tuesday and the league will have to start his suspension a day later when New York hosts the Heat — starting the clock with eight games remaining in this lost season.

Tuesday represents 29 days since Noah underwent arthroscopic surgery to his left knee, with the Knicks providing an original timeline of 3-4 weeks before a re-evaluation. They’re pushing because of the suspension.

“He’s at about that time where we thought maybe he could come back, so we’ll see,” coach Jeff Hornacek said. “It’s possible.”

“Well, he may not be in great shape,” Hornacek said. “He has been riding the bike and that stuff. When you’re off for four weeks we’re not expecting him to be flying up and down the court. But that’s typical of any player that’s been off after surgery. They’ll come back and…

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