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TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — Joakim Noah was given a platform during Knicks Media Day on Monday to sound off on some of his beliefs about the state of America.
And the Knicks’ center didn’t hold back.
Noah said it’s too easy to get guns in this country, and that politicians like President Donald Trump should invest more time and resources into taking care of the youth in America’s cities.
“I would make it a lot harder to get guns, No. 1,” Noah said. “I mean, kids have access to guns in this country and we don’t even talk about it. Kids are killing each other at alarming rates and it’s still so easy to buy guns, to buy bullets. We point fingers whenever we can. It’s just so easy to buy a gun in this country, so I would start with that.”
“He’s lost about 45 pounds,” Oak Hill coach Steve Smith told The 4 Quarters Podcast recently. “He was about 295 last year, he’s 255 now. He’s got a great body now, that has helped him tremendously. He’s more mobile now, he plays above the rim instead of below the rim. His shot has improved to 17 feet. He’s inside presence on both sides of the floor. He’s going to be a really, really good college player. I gotta give him credit because he lost weight but he’s the guy who changed his diet and lost the weight and it’ changed him into a much better player.”