Joakim Noah Injury: Updates on Knicks Star's Hamstring and Return

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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah had been out since Oct. 4 with a hamstring injury. However, he has been cleared to return. 

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Noah Active vs. Celtics 

Saturday, Oct. 15's Ian Begley reported Noah will play against the Boston Celtics in Saturday's preseason game and is expected to log around 20 minutes.

Noah Needs Time to Get Acclimated 

Noah joins the Knicks after playing all nine seasons of his career with the Chicago Bulls, and while preseason minutes may have been non-essential for the veteran in years past, they will be invaluable as he gets used to his new surroundings. 

Noah's return gives the Knicks the flexibility with Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony they were looking for when they brought on Noah to help hold down the frontcourt.