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Sunday / October 21.
  • (AP) — Joakim Noah’s disappointing Knicks career is over after just two seasons.

    Unable to find a trade, the Knicks waived Noah, a 33-year-old center, on Saturday with two years and $37.8 million remaining on his contract.

    Noah had been away from the team since clashing with the former coach Jeff Hornacek last season, when he appeared in only seven games. The Knicks had already decided he would not rejoin the club under their new coach, David Fizdale, but they were hoping they could find a trade to get something back for him without having to cut him.

    Noah signed with his hometown team in July 2016 and drew a loud ovation in his first appearance at Madison Square Garden, where he was introduced as being from Hell’s Kitchen, a Manhattan neighborhood not far from the Garden, rather than from the University of Florida, the team he helped win two N.C.A.A. championships.

    The Chicago Bulls selected him with the ninth overall pick in the 2007 draft. He had great years with the Bulls, highlighted by being voted defensive player of the year and first-team All-N.B.A. in 2014.

    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Mustapha Heron is taking a stand on gun violence awareness.

    Having been granted a legislative relief waiver to play this season at St. John’s, the 6-foot-5 Auburn transfer will now spend Saturday in his native Waterbury, Conn., promoting his “Shoot Hoops Not Guns Tournament” that is promoted by his Mustapha Heron Skills Academy.

    The event involves about a dozen high school teams from New York and Connecticut playing at three recreation centers in Waterbury. It is the second event Heron has promoted to raise awareness of gun violence.

    “I’m having a high school tournament in Waterbury right now,” Heron said Saturday morning by phone following the news first reported by ZAGSBLOG that he had been granted a waiver. “We have teams from Syracuse coming down and all the best teams in Connecticut, just a little preseason tournament that we hold to bring awareness to the gun violence around the state, around the city.

    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Knicks coach David Fizdale has tabbed Kentucky product Kevin Knox to start at small forward when the season opens Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden.

    “He’s been up and down,” Fizdale said Friday following the Knicks 113-107 preseason loss to the rival Nets, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley. “I think he’s shown the ability to start in the first two games with the double-doubles. And the last three stunk. But for that position and what we’re trying to grow there, I think he’s what we want to put in that spot.”

    The 6-foot-9 Knox shot 1-for-6 with three points and two rebounds against Brooklyn. Through five preseason games, the No. 9 pick in the NBA Draft is averaging 8.8 points and 6.2 rebounds.

    Knox said he needs the preseason to adjust to the NBA speed and talent.

    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    After learning he had been granted a legislative relief waiver by the NCAA on Friday, Mustapha Heron let out a big sigh of relief.

    The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Auburn transfer will be eligible to play the 2018-19 season with the waiver, as first reported late Friday by ZAGSBLOG. He will take the floor with his teammates when St. John’s faces Rhode Island next week in a closed scrimmage.

    “It feels good, it definitely feels like a weight has been released,” Heron said Saturday by phone. “I’ve been practicing with the team as if I was cleared to play since the summertime, so I’m glad to finally know that I’m practicing and I’ll be able to play in competition and compete with the guys. We’re excited to have a good season this year.”