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Joakim Noah hates Iowa State

Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Joakim Noah is not a fan of the Cyclones — or at least former ‘Clones.

Two years after Noah’s beef with Fred Hoiberg led to his eventual departure from Chicago, the nine-year NBA veteran, and former Florida star has reportedly burned the bridge with his current coach, and former Cyclone, Jeff Hornacek.

Yahoo’s Shams Charania reported Monday morning the New York Knicks are exploring options to part with Noah following a heated verbal exchange last week in practice with Hornacek.

“Noah and Hornacek had a fiery exchange at practice the day after the 6-foot-11 center played only five minutes in the Knicks’ road loss to Golden State last Tuesday,” Charania wrote. “It stopped short of turning physical, league sources said, but the organization and Noah agreed for him to leave the team as the Knicks finished the two games remaining on their seven-game road trip.”

The idea of Noah wanting to fight Hornacek is way too funny to me considering he is basically fleecing the Knicks after signing a four-year, $72 million contract during the offseason in 2016. What is he expecting his role to be after he couldn’t even play in the first 20 games of the season due to a drug suspension and is currently averaging less than two points per game?

Seems to me like Noah needs to do a little more trusting the process. I bet Hornacek would have kicked his butt anyway.

Jared Stansbury

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Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.