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Noah signed a four-year, $72 million contract with New York in 2016 and was waived prior to the start of the regular season.
He was asked on The Ringer's "The Chris Vernon Show" about what went wrong during his stint with the Knicks.
"I don't think it was one thing. I think it was a lot of things. I'm not here to blame anybody or it's anybody's fault," Noah said. "It just didn't work out. I could look back on it and say I thought I was ready for New York City, and I wasn't. And it's something that I've got to live with."
Noah was then asked if the pressure of playing in his hometown, New York was a cause of his trouble. To which he responded "Not just the pressure. I remember after the first game, I probably had, like, 50 people in my house. I'm too lit. I'm too lit to play in New York City," Noah said, laughing with the interviewer. "I'm too lit to play in New York City. Memphis is perfect for me."
Noah was asked if he faced the same situation in Chicago.
"We were lit in Chicago, but I was young, so you recover faster, you know? You recover faster," he said.
"I didn't want to go out like that," Noah said in regards to signing with Memphis after being waived by the Knicks. "Not with what happened, after what happened in New York. I worked my ass off my whole life, and I've fought so hard to be who I am as a basketball player. And I didn't want to go out on that note because of politics. Because I got overpaid or whatever. I want to go out on my terms, and I want to be happy competing and playing basketball because that's what I do."
Noah signed a veteran’s minimum, worth $1.73 million. In five games with Memphis, Noah has averaged 6.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 16 minutes.