Curry won't return to court until he's in shape

File - New York Knicks' Eddy Curry talks File - New York Knicks' Eddy Curry talks to the media during Media Day. (Sept. 28, 2009) Photo Credit: AP

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Eddy Curry may have shed close to 40 pounds in the offseason, but he has not shed his image as a player too out of shape to help the Knicks.

Curry is not in acceptable playing condition. For now, that is the official conclusion of the Knicks' coaching and management staff. Team president Donnie Walsh said Tuesday that Curry will not be back on the practice floor until trainers get him in better playing shape.

"While he did a lot this summer, he's not ready to go out there and play at NBA speed," Walsh said. "We're going to take longer and get him out there, because every time he comes out on the floor, he pulls a muscle."

Curry injured himself on the first day of training camp a week ago when he tore the plantaris muscle in his right calf. The team hoped he would return to practice with his teammates Tuesday. Now, even though the Knicks aren't overly concerned with this specific injury, there is no timetable for his return.

"Once you get in the game, you have to be game-ready," Walsh said. "I don't think he's going to be game-ready for a while."

The Knicks, who are owned by Cablevision, which also owns Newsday, open the season in three weeks, and nobody wanted to predict whether Curry will be ready to play. He made only two brief appearances last season because of a variety of conditioning and injury issues.

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"We just want him to get back into shape so he can be healthy," coach Mike D'Antoni said.

At the start of training camp, there had been cautious optimism about Curry's weight loss. He is listed in the Knicks' training camp guide at 295 pounds, though everyone generally concedes that he weighs 317. That 317 still is close to 40 pounds less than what he weighed last season.

Curry worked out on his own during the summer. Now he will have at least two conditioning sessions a day supervised by the Knicks' staff.

"When he can get out here and do it without pulling something, we'll bring him back," Walsh said. "I don't know how long it will take. I do know they will work him twice a day, maybe even three times."

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