West eyes a post All-Star break return

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West eyes a post All-Star break return

When Delonte West works out at the Celtics practice facility in Waltham, it looks like he can do what's needed to play in a basketball game. He shoots layups. He catches passes. It looks like he might be ready to make a return from the broken right wrist he suffered in late November.

But the Celtics guard knows that's not the case. Yet.

"Looks can be decieving," West said. "I'm catching passes and dribbling, but I'm not doing anything really with a lot of force. Force definitely gives me discomfort right now."

Because of the severe weather around the country, the Celtics were stranded on the West Coast, which caused West to miss a recent check-up appointment. Until he knows more about his wrist, he isn't sure when he will be ready to return to practice. He hopes it's soon.

"We're approaching the All-Star break and prayerfully I can be ready before then," he said. "But if not, I'll definitely be ready to start the second half of the season."

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Knicks' Noah suspended 20 games by NBA for drug policy violation

Knicks' Noah suspended 20 games by NBA for drug policy violation

NEW YORK - Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks has been suspended 20 games without pay for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.

The NBA announced the suspension Saturday, saying Noah tested positive for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033 – something that can be found in over-the-counter supplements.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports first reported the suspension.

Noah has not played since Feb. 4 and was likely to miss the Knicks’ final 10 games this season because of a 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.”

Noah is in the first year of a four-year, $72 million contract. He and the Knicks (27-45) have been a disappointment this season. He averaged 5.0 points and 8.7 rebounds in 46 games this season, and has been limited to 75 games over the past two seasons.