New York Knicks' Joakim Noah may need offseason surgery

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Joakim Noah has a right rotator cuff injury and the New York Knicks say team doctors have recommended offseason surgery for their suspended center.

It’s the latest bad news in a season full of it for Noah, who while recovering from knee surgery was suspended 20 games by the NBA for violating the anti-drug policy.

The Knicks say Wednesday that Noah was injured in January and an MRI showed the injury, but he continued to play through it. Another MRI this month showed no improvement and surgery was recommended, though there has been no decision or a timeline for his return to the court.

Noah was limited to 29 games last season in Chicago before surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder. He then signed a four-year, $72 million contract with the Knicks in July.

He has been limited to 46 games and his suspension will carry into next season.