SAN ANTONIO - Eddy Curry's umpteenth comeback attempt was halted before he even took the court last night, as the injury-plagued 7-footer pulled out before the game against the Spurs because of a sore left knee. After the morning shootaround, Curry said he had soreness and wasn't sure he could play.
Curry had surgery on the knee on Jan. 18 and has been practicing with the team for the past two weeks. Last night's game was the target date for his return and it appears that date will now be pushed to Friday night's game in Memphis against the Grizzlies.
Coincidentally, in the morning Curry talked about getting back on the court during this five-game road trip. "It could be a good trip," he said. "A good trip for me to get comfortable."
He has only seen action in seven games so far this season, with his last appearance on Dec. 17 in a loss to the Bulls in Chicago. Curry was upset with Mike D'Antoni for pulling him out of the rotation at that point, though at the time Curry's presence on the court had adversely affected the offense.
"It was hard for me because I looked at it like, I kind of selfishly looked at it like, how can I get used to playing with these guys, how can I get used to playing, if I don't play with them?" Curry said. "For them to say, just take him out of the equation, that was tough to deal with. But he's the coach."
On this five-game road trip, the Knicks will get a close look at some opposing team's players who may be potential targets as free agents. Last night, for instance, it likely involved Manu Ginobili, 32, whose contract expires at the end of the season. Friday in Memphis, there is Rudy Gay, the athletic swingman who could flourish in D'Antoni's system.