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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 as Knicks president Donnie Walsh announced Tuesday that Curry would not be back on the practice floor until trainers got him into 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 the comes out on the floor, he pulls a muscle."
Curry injured himself on the first day of training camp seven days ago when he tore the plantaris muscle in his right calf. The team had made it seem that it was possible that he would return to practice with his teammates Tuesday. Now, even though the team isn’t all that 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 awhile."
The Knicks open the season in three weeks, and nobody wanted to conjecture whether Curry would be ready to play at that time. Curry, who hasn’t played in a year and a half, missed all of training camp last season because of problems with the team and was never able to get back into the flow of things enough to play with the team.
"We just want him to get back into shape so he can be healthy," coach Mike D’Antoni said.
There had been much to do at the start of training camp over Curry’s weight loss. Curry is listed in the Knicks training camp guide as weighing 295, though everyone generally concedes that he weighs 317. That 317 is still close to 40 pounds less than what Curry weight last season.
Curry worked out on his own this summer. Now, he will have at least two conditioning sessions a day supervised by the Knicks staff.
Said Walsh: "When he can get out here and do it without pulling something, we’ll bring him back. I don’t know how long it will take. I do know they will work him twice a day, maybe even three times."