Eddy Curry is out for Friday's game against the Grizzlies here in Memphis. Mike D'Antoni before the game said Curry's right calf muscle is still the issue. Curry is day-to-day at this point, so his status for Saturday's game in Dallas against the Mavericks is uncertain.
"As soon as the soreness or tightness or knot that he has in his calf goes away, then he'll play," D'Antoni said.
Curry said the soreness began last weekend in practice and the calf -- the same one he injured in training camp -- stayed locked up. He was supposed to make his return to the lineup after left knee surgery (Jan. 18) on Wednesday in San Antonio but pulled out before the game when he couldn't get the calf muscle loose.
The team didn't hold an official practice here in Memphis on Thursday, though Curry did receive treatment from the medical staff. He had limited participation in the shoot-around Friday morning.
There are 17 games left in the season after tonight and the Knicks want to get Curry into some games. The concern is that if he tries to play through it -- remember, Curry hasn't appeared in a game since Dec. 17 -- there could be more significant damage. The Knicks will likely look to trade Curry this summer (he will be an expiring contract) if they can find a taker. If he ends the season with an injury, those chances are almost nil.
The team will look to recoup some of his $10.5 million salary this season through insurance, but that's just a financial issue. It won't have any impact on the salary cap.