Taking a visit to Staples Center or Madison Square Garden always poses a challenge to players. Not necessarily for anything on the court, but for the opportunities off of it. In other words, partying is always an issue for visiting teams in the big city.
So imagine having to live there? On an NBA player's salary, in a place like New York City, it has got to be tough to resist the call of party time.
Welcome to the world of Joakim Noah, who in an interview with Chris Vernon, admitted he got a little too crazy in The Big Apple.
“I can look back at it and say I was ready for New York City, but I wasn’t. Not just the pressure. I remember after the first game I had 60 people in my house. I’m too lit to play in New York City. Memphis is perfect for me.”
Sadly, Noah is right. He wasn't ready for New York. Back in Chicago, he was a player known for his physical and mental toughness, often times hustling his way to a win.
With the Knicks, it just wasn't there. Joakim was a shell of himself and fell out of the rotation faster than anyone could really blink an eye. After inking his deal for the veteran's minimum with the Grizzlies, we'll see if he can behave himself.
Though, in a city like Memphis, that shouldn't be much of a problem.