Knicks' Joakim Noah says he's cleared to play, can begin suspension

Now that doctors have cleared Noah, his 20-game suspension for ingesting an NBA-banned substance can begin.

Joakim Noah says doctors have cleared him to play for what's left of the Knicks' season, which means his suspension can officially begin, the New York Post reported.

Noah was at practice Tuesday with the news, which means his first game suspended will be Wednesday night's contest against the Heat.

The NBA imposed a 20-game suspensionon Noah after a league-banned over-the-counter supplement was found in his system. Noah said he didn't remember ingesting the supplement, but the damage was done.

However, Noah wasn't fit to begin his ban because he was recovering from knee surgery that he had in February.

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The Knicks only have eight games left this season, so if Noah serves those games, he will only be out for 12 games next season.

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