Gators in the NBA: Horford speaks out about Noah situation

Celtics center Al Horford goes up to shoot over Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis in January of this NBA season. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

An end to the Joakim Noah saga may be near as the deadline for players on NBA rosters to be waived and still be playoff eligible is March 1.

Celtics center Al Horford spoke out about former teammate Joakim Noah’s situation saying it’s tough seeing things not work out between Noah and the Knicks, the team Noah grew up cheering for.

Horford said this after scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds for Boston in a road win over the Knicks Saturday, a day before Noah’s 33rd birthday:
“It’s hard, because ever since I’ve met him I’ve always known him wanting to be a Knick and be here in New York, and I feel like he really is an example of how New York is. He really embraces that [toughness] and it was just tough for him to not be able to play up to his potential here and do the things he wanted to do.”

An official resolution still has not been reached between the Knicks and its second highest paid player but Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek said this week that the team has moved on and there’s nothing else to report. So either Hornacek knows something and doesn’t want to say or he’s getting irritated with the questions about Noah. The National Basketball Players Association has said that it is “closely monitoring” the situation between Noah and the Knicks to ensure the player “is treated fairly under the rules of our collective bargaining agreement.”

Around the NBA, Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith has progressed to participating in drill work this week, an encouraging step for the second-year player who hasn’t played since November 12.

Magic forward Marreese Speights has not played in a game since the All-Star break and a story came out February 23 saying Speights will miss Orlando’s next two games (Philadelphia and Oklahoma City) due to a personal matter after already missing the Magic’s home game against the Knicks. Speights is listed on Orlando’s injury report as day-to-day.

The Wizards recalled forward Devin Robinson for one game, but he did not enter the game. Robinson is averaging 13.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in the G-League and is shooting 38.7 percent from beyond the arc for the Delaware 87ers.

Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons played 12 minutes in a game last week after a 20-game absence due to knee injury but has been ruled out of every game since with an illness.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Boston Celtics
Al Horford (C)
Dallas Mavericks
Dorian Finney-Smith (F)
Los Angeles Lakers
Corey Brewer (F)
Memphis Grizzlies
Chandler Parsons (F)
Miami Heat
Udonis Haslem (F)
New York Knicks
Joakim Noah (C)
Orlando Magic
Marreese Speights (F)
Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal (G)
Devin Robinson (F)