Joakim Noah: Being ‘too lit’ contributed to struggles with Knicks

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Memphis Grizzlies center Joakim Noah intimated that he partied too much in New York during his disappointing tenure with the Knicks.

Noah signed a four-year, $72 million contract with New York in 2016 and was waived prior to the start of the regular season.

He was asked on The Ringer’s “The Chris Vernon Show” about what went wrong during his stint with the Knicks.

“I don’t think it was one thing. I think it was a lot of things. I’m not here to blame anybody or it’s anybody’s fault,” Noah said. “It just didn’t work out. I could look back on it and say I thought I was ready for New York City, and I wasn’t. And it’s something that I’ve got to live with.”7

Noah was asked if the pressure of playing in New York, his hometown, was an obstacle. When answering the question, he suggested that partying impacted his time with the Knicks.

“Not just the pressure. I remember after the first game, I probably had, like, 60 people in my house. I’m too lit. I’m too lit to play in New York City,” Noah said, laughing with the interviewer. “I’m too lit to play in New York City. Memphis is perfect for me.”

The Knicks waived Noah in the preseason, using the league’s stretch provision. Noah had two years and $37.8 million remaining on his contract.

Noah didn’t play a game for the Knicks following an incident last season at a practice in late January when he had to be separated from ex-Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek following an argument.

Noah became vociferous toward Hornacek in the aftermath of a brief appearance in a ‪Jan. 23 game and engaged the coach verbally in practice the next day.

Ex-president Phil Jackson signed Noah to the $72 million deal in 2016 with the hope that he would anchor the Knicks on defense and provide a veteran presence.