Knicks big man Joakim Noah will be suspended for the final 10 games of this season and the first 10 games of the 2017-18 season after violating the NBA's anti-drug program, the NBA announced Saturday.
Noah tested positive for a league-prohibited over-the-counter supplement butdidn't “knowingly or willingly” violatethe policy. Noah, who has been out since a Februaryknee surgery, cooperated fully with the league’s investigation.
"Joakim was completely forthcoming and cooperative throughout the investigation and we believe that this isolated occurrence was a regrettable mistake," the NBA players' union said in a statement. "Joakim has offered his deepest apologies for this infraction, and neither he nor the NBPA will pursue an appeal."
In his first season of a four-year, $72 million deal , Noah averaged only five points and 8.7 rebounds in 46 games for the struggling Knicks.