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Cutting Curry

I’ve been thinking about this for a while now…

At what point do the following arguments become available to the Knicks?

  1. Eddy Curry is in breach of his contract to play basketball. By eating himself out of shape and not working to be in playing shape, Curry has breached his contract, and the Knicks may void it. Even with a bum knee, there are things he could have done to be ready to come back as soon as possible. One would be not overeating. Another would be doing exercises that wouldn’t aggravate his knee, like swimming. At this point, he can’t play basketball because he’s so fat, even his “healthy” joints can’t handle it. Now, even if this were a viable argument, I don’t know if under the collective bargaining agreement, Curry’s contract would come off the salary cap. Which brings me to the next point.
  2. Can Curry’s being so remarkably fat that he can’t play 3 minutes of basketball without injuring his knees qualify as a medical condition sufficient to force him into medical retirement like Darius Miles was? Of course, Miles was diagnosed as having a career ending injury. It’s hard to say that obesity is a career ending injury because Curry just needs to get off his butt and shed some pounds.

All I’m saying is that options need to be explored, because Curry is single-handedly holding the Knicks hostage through his laziness and/or obesity. The Knicks can’t trade him, he can’t play, and they can’t cut him and get his salary off their books.

Unless they can.

Trade of the Day.

Now, I don’t want to go all Chris Alvino on you and blog about every single trade that pops into my head, but I’ve been doing some thinking. (Just kidding, Chris, if you’re reading this 😉 . Chad Ford made his name on this kind of thing and we’ve done lots of it on this blog too.)

I thought of these deals after reading on RealGM.com that the Mavs are interested in moving Josh Howard. What is interesting is that the rumor involves Howard for Bargnani. Hell, the Knicks could beat that. I played around with trade machine and came up with these.

Curry/Jeffries/Lee for Stackhouse and Howard

Curry/Rose/Lee/Roberson for Howard and Dampier (Dampier’s deal is not guaranteed for 2010).

Howard’s deal runs past 2010, but as long as we’re trading away Curry and Lee, having it on the books won’t interfere with the long term plans. Trading Curry, Jeffries and Lee is even better cap wise.

I recognize the limitations of these proposals. In the first one, we have nobody up front. Our starting PF would probably be Chandler and Harrington would have to start at Center or something stupid like that. Also, and this applies to the second proposal, would the Mavs go for it? Are we dumping too many bloated salaries on them? As it stands now, come 2010 they’d be able to afford another superstar to pair with Nowitzki if they don’t sign or re-sign anyone from now until then.

Well, if they are willing to part with Howard for Bargnani, who is slightly less of a bust with the #1 overall pick than Kwame Brown, you’d have to think they’d give some thought to Lee, and maybe even Curry to compliment Dirk if Curry can prove that he can get in shape.

In the end, this is a day dream and I don’t think Dallas considers anything like this. But adding two superstars to Josh Howard in 2010 sounds good to me. What about you?

Thunder 107, Knicks 99.

Ugh. What a waste of two and a half hours of my life. These Knicks are maddening and if you follow them you have to expect to be perplexed. It all started with the same sloppy, unfocused play that the team has exhibited during their recent stretch of poor play (by the way, at some point it stops being a recent stretch and turns into “most of the season”). The ball didn’t move for most of the game. Just guys jacking up contested shots.

In a game like this it is apparent how badly the Knicks miss having a go to scorer, especially in the post. Yes, I miss Zach Randolph, though I’m not sorry the Knicks traded him. I know Heri, I’m a man of contradictions. Anyway, lets see what Eddy Curry can do. I have a feeling he really could have helped tonight. He’ll be an inside option so the team doesn’t always have to live and die on threes and contested jumpers. How sad is this pining for Eddy Curry. He makes Oliver Miller look like Calista Flockhart:

Watching the team try to score inside is just sad. They either got rejected (the Thunder had eight) or just fumbled around and forced it. The futility inside was especially harmful considering the awful outside shooting. The last several games it seems like Nate can’t hit the side of a barn. Indeed, over the last five games hes shot 24.5%, which is atrocious. The Knicks aren’t going to win a lot of games with their best outside shooter shooting that poorly.

No excuse to fall behind by 23 to the Thunder who only managed to beat four other teams this entire season. The Knicks have the dishonor of being the fifth. That’s what happens when you let your opponent shoot 52%, even though the Thunder had no business making some of those shots (Jeff Green, I’m looking at you).

The fact that the Knicks mounted a comeback that they couldn’t finish makes the loss that much harder to handle. They ran out of gas with about 8 minutes left and could never recover. Even if the team won though, I wouldn’t have been too happy with it.

None of the players look like they did when the team was playing well. What happened to Duhon? He was up there in assists to turnovers for a while. Now it seems like 4 turnovers is the minimum for this guy. As mentioned, Nate completely lost his touch. Chandler still isn’t demanding the ball and taking it to the paint. This is a guy that made KG look like an amateur, but cant get to the rack against Robert Swift, Chris Wilcox, Jeff Green, or Joe Smith? Lee put up nice numbers but it seemed like he was the main test subject of a Desmond Mason rejection experiment, and when the team needed offensive boards the most while mounting their fourth quarter run, he was nowhere to be found. Lee was -25 for the game and when Tim Thomas (!) was +21 in relief.

On the plus side, it seems like D’Antoni might be realizing that Jeffries is a net liability out there, as he barely played in the second half. How do you have a system premised on spacing the floor using good shooters when you start a guy who couldn’t throw a pebble into the East River? I’d rather put Air Bud at center, he’d look better on offense bouncing balls into the basket off his snout. If you are going to wear Allan Houston’s number your jumper should look like you’ve at least played pee wee ball. My jumper looks nicer than Jeffries’. I play ball against my girlfriend (she’s a great player…the Knicks should start her at center if they can’t find Air Bud) from time to time and she’ll tell you that I can hit 60% or 70% of my foul shots…Jeffries can’t (not that he took any tonight).

But enough ranting about Jeffries. You all know my thoughts on him. The only guy who looked OK out there tonight was Harrington, though that possession with a few minutes left where he lost the ball and slapped it around on the ground for 5 seconds until the shot clock basically expired was infuriating.

Well, on to Dallas, Houston and New Orleans. Which team will show up? The one that lost to the worst team maybe ever, or the one that beat the best? Just keep in mind that Boston also lost to Golden State this year and they’ve been slumping.

Anyway, has anyone seen Ricky Rubio play this year? Blake Griffin sure looks good (and would mitigate a loss of David Lee via trade by the way).

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.