Eddy Curry can forget about salvaging anything out of this forgettable season. Mike D'Antoni said Saturdaythat he doesn't see how the 6-11, 300-plus-pound center will get back on the court before the season wraps up April 15. "There's just very little practice time in between now and a week from Wednesday,'' D'Antoni said before Curry sat out yesterday's game against the Raptors with pain in his left knee. "I don't see it, but I don't know." Curry, who has had conditioning and knee problems all season, played a total of 11:46 in three games this season. "He's gonna have to have a really good summer this year," D'Antoni said. "The ball's in his court. Hopefully, he'll be able to do that." Instead of taking a seat on the team bench, Curry spent the game in the locker-room area.
Walsh scouts Italy again Donnie Walsh has spent the past week at the Eurocup Final Eight in Turin, Italy, to continue developing a stronger Knicks presence in Europe and to check out some potential targets this summer. Among the teams in the Eurocup, which concludes with the championship game Sunday, is BC Khimky, which has guard Carlos Delfino. Walsh looked into bringing Delfino to the Knicks earlier this season after Cuttino Mobley was forced to retire because of a heart condition. Delfino is a restricted free agent and property of the Toronto Raptors. Delfino has said he plans to return to the NBA after this season. He signed a three-year deal with Khimky but has a $500,000 buyout clause.
Knicks fix Nate Robinson showed off a new look, which he had done just before the game. He spray-dyed two lines of white and orange around the "fro-hawk" doo he's sported during the second half of the season. Robinson did it at the request of the Knicks City Kids, a youth dance team celebrating its 10th season. "They were asking me to do it," Robinson said, "so I said, 'All right.' " Aside from his teammates calling him Dennis Rodman, Robinson said, "Coach was cool with it." When asked about it, D'Antoni replied, "The circus is in town, so I thought that was a tribute to it."