MILWAUKEE - Scott Skiles remembers the Eddy Curry that made the difference in making the Chicago Bulls a playoff team. That 2004-05 season might have been Curry's best all-around as a pro, based on the impact he had on the Bulls winning 47 games that season and earning a playoff berth.
But for Skiles, and anyone else who saw the potential in the 6-11, 300-plus pound center, what's happened since what appeared to be a breakthrough season in 2006-07 with the Knicks, has been disappointing. "I feel sorry for the things that have happened to him," Skiles said before the Knicks played the Bucks last night at the Bradley Center.
Curry was in uniform but is still nowhere near ready to play, according to Mike D'Antoni. Both Curry and the Knicks hope to part ways this summer with a trade, but it would be a lot easier to move him and the remaining two years and $21.7 million on his contract if he actually got on the court. "There is still time and we'll kind of nurse it along," D'Antoni said. "But I don't have plans of playing him right now."
One of Donnie Walsh's early initiatives as team president was to reconnect the franchise with its storied history. The process begins on March 23 when, at halftime of the Knicks-Magic game, the team will honor the greatest players from each decade in franchise history. The list includes Carl Braun (1940s), Richie Guerin (1950s), Willis Reed (1960s), Walt Frazier (1970s), Bernard King (1980s) and Patrick Ewing (1990s). Dick McGuire, who has been with the team as a player, coach and scout for over 50 years, will also be honored with a Legacy Award.
KryptoNate in SI
Nate Robinson is profiled in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated, which hits newsstands today. Robinson told SI's L. Jon Wertheim, "Being 5-9, I wouldn't have it no other way. Guys on the team are like, 'How good would you be if you were 6-8?' But then I wouldn't be who I am."