Knicks' Joakim Noah suspended 20 games for drug violation

The former All-Star center had similar surgery last season with the Chicago Bulls that limited him to 29 games.

New York 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 campaignafter violating the league's anti-drug program, the NBA announced on Saturday.

Noah, 32, 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, co-operated fully with the league’s investigation.

"Joakim was completely forthcoming and co-operative 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 (£58m) deal , Noah averaged only five points and 8.7 rebounds in 46 games for the struggling Knicks.


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