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Knicks' Joakim Noah suspended 20 games by NBA for use of banned substance

Knicks' Joakim Noah suspended 20 games by NBA for use of banned substance

Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks was suspended 20 games without pay for violating the league's anti-drug policy.

He tested positive for a substance found in some over-the-counter supplements, the league said Saturday.

Noah has not played since Feb. 4 and likely was to miss the Knicks' final 10 games this season because of a left knee injury. The NBA said Noah's suspension “will begin with the first NBA regular season or playoff game for which he is eligible and physically able to play.”

At minimum, that means the suspension will carry over into at least the first 10 games of next season and likely longer, since Noah is not currently able to play.

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