Joakim Noah Has Rotator Cuff Injury, Surgery Recommended by Team Doctors

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16:  Joakim Noah #13 of the New York Knicks in action against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden on January 16, 2017 in New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Atlanta Hawks defeated the New York Knicks 108-107.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah has been diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff, and offseason surgery was recommended, the team announced Wednesday.

The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news Tuesday, adding Noah is expected to need four to six months to rehabilitate and recover. Incidentally, that's the same timetable Noah received after he dislocated his left shoulder in January 2016. 

The Knicks noted no decision has been made regarding surgery.

News of Noah's torn rotator cuff comes just over a month after Wojnarowski reported the big man was slated to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery. 

The 32-year-old was also slapped with a 20-game suspension March 25 for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy.

It was expected Noah would start serving the suspension at the start of the 2017-18 season, but ESPN.com's Ian Begley reported March 29 that one of the NBA's independent doctors cleared him to play, meaning his suspension started with eight games to go in the 2016-17 campaign. 

Noahwho signed a four-year, $72 million contract with the Knicks last summer—averaged 5.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 0.8 blocks on 49.5 percent shooting in 46 appearances during his first season in the Big Apple. 

  

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