Curry Comeback.

Both Berman and Adamek are reporting that Curry practiced today. It goes without saying that seven seconds or less doesn’t jive well the plodding Curry’s abilities. But he can still contribute in several ways:

  1. He can trail fast breaks and bull through the lane for easy baskets. This will require Curry to be in shape and, while he won’t need to be the first player up the court, he will need to get up the court and do it fast. Is he capable? I guess we’ll see.
  2. Take up space in the paint on D. As most any Knicks fan can tell you, opposing teams are able to just waltz their way into the paint. Even outside shooters like Wally Szczerbiak have torched the Knicks inside. It happens every game. Well, Curry doesn’t block shots, but he can take up space and interfere with drives. Often all it takes to turn a make into a miss is to get in someone’s way, even if the shot isn’t blocked. Curry is a big body that can get in a cutter’s or penetrator’s way and alter a shot without necessarily blocking it.
  3. He is a low post presence. The Knicks have been living and dying (mostly dying lately) on their jump shooting. When the shots don’t fall, the Knicks lose. Curry is a high percentage shot kind of player, with excellent shooting percentages over his career. Also, when the Knicks are forced into playing in the half-court set, they have no threat down low and nobody who commands a double team. Curry has the potential to represent both of those.
  4. Depth. Another competent body on the floor will be invaluable at this point to spell some players on this tired, injured squad.
  5. Balance. He is the Knicks one true Center (besides Jerome James).

Ideally, Curry will contribute in all or most of the ways listed above, leading to some wins. If that happens, look for the Knicks to trade Curry for cap space and filler. I know some of you don’t want to hear that and instead want Curry to stick around if he helps us win. Well, this is a fundamental disagreement amongst many in the Knicks community and will continue to be over this season and the next. In my opinion, if Curry is successful and the Knicks are able to trade him for the aforementioned peices, the Knicks’ long term plan will move forward by leaps and bounds.

Discuss.

8 comments

  1. david levine

    IF curry is ready to play keep him and trade thomas and lee to bobcats for diaw and raja bell bring in ewing jr trade malik for stackhouse

  2. Dan L

    And what would that accomplish for the long term success of the franchise rather than say, trading Curry for short term salary relief? Either way you don’t win a title over the next two years, but if you trade for cap relief at least you are in position to win a title at some point this century.

  3. david levine

    you can still trade curry next season as his trade value increases and his contract is more tradable.keep lee but trade thomas for bell need back court help sign ewing jr neeed his energy and defense .get rid of rose and roberson to get sg . that sounds better?

  4. Heri

    It would had been better if the long term plan with Zack wasn’t a trade for a forced retirement and Thomas. A number one draft pick would had been better or some one that could be around in 2010. Lee is a stud rebounding hard worker, you can’t continue to throw good talent away in the name of 2010 like we did Zack. You trade for equal or better value, or at least a draft pick. Same thing holds true with Curry, get equal value or draft pick and not some knuckle head to play a season or two. With Marbury you’ll get nothing due mis management at the start of the season, good management would had been to not toy with him, play and properly trade him. Are we also throwing Nate away? Who will remain on the team to draw free agents here?

  5. Italian Stallion

    Heri,

    One of the problems with the concept of trading for “equal value” is that some players are paid too much and others aren’t. When you are tryng to trade an overpaid player like Zach or Curry, in order for the deal to be fair, you actually have to take back less talent or another overpaid player.

  6. Dan L

    I have to say I agree with Stallion on this one. You can’t always be concerned with “equal value”. Look at the players Zach has been traded for in his career. Channing Frye and Francis. Mobley and Tim Thomas. The reason for the unequal talent is a salary issue. You can’t always be concerned with equal value or winning a trade on talent. Isiah ALWAYS won trades on talent. Sometimes cap management concerns are paramount.

  7. Heri

    True, very true; but 20 and 13 isn’t meant to come cheaply, especially entering his prime. Look up the 20 and 10 power forwards of the league and you’ll only find the games best, period. A retiring heart problem and Thomas is simply a terrible trade for us. Too little now, nothing for 2010. I don’t know what’s worst, trading for a retiring heart problem or drafting a bulging disc? What’s next? Sign a knee-less free agent or trade Lee for a head less wonder?

  8. Evan

    Thank god for the Clippers. The Randolph contract was one of the worst in the entire NBA, moving it was a miracle. If the Knicks sign Bosh and Lebron in 2010 do you think we are going to be pining for Zach Randolph? Now if only we can find somebody to take Greasy Curry off the Knicks books.

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