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    Default CURRY CLAIMS "matter of time before I dominate"

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    By Henry Abbott

    Eddy Curry has already been much discussed as [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].

    Against the Nets on Saturday, in his fifth game since the 2007-2008 season, he didn't blow anybody away. He still got great post position -- he's among the best in the NBA at that. He had some looks. But time and again he couldn't catch the pass, his teammates couldn't get it to him, or his shots went awry.

    At one point his teammates raced ahead and drew a foul. Curry, at a slow walk, trailed the play so severely he barely arrived in time to line up for the free throw.

    He looked ... "Like he hadn't played for two years?" quipped coach Mike D'Antoni after the game. But he said it with a smile, and right now the relationship between the Knicks and Curry is a happy one.

    "We're still learning each other," confirmed Curry. "I've only practiced with them maybe five times. In a sense, I'm like a new player here. And at the same time we're still trying to win games. I'm not trying to disrupt them. I'm adjusting to it. But I think it's only a matter of time before I'm able to dominate this game."

    "The team will improve on getting him the ball where he needs it," adds D'Antoni, "and he'll improve with his footwork and feel more comfortable. We'll both have days like this and it'll be a while. But he's giving us something that we need and lifting up our spirits."

    Consider that last point. Curry -- the poster child of the big, bad contracts that Isiah Thomas doled out in condemning the Knicks to long-term mediocrity -- is an inspration. The player who has endured just about everything anyone could imagine, and could well have soured on life, is flashing smiles.

    On the court through his career he has been out of shape, out of sync, and sometimes a laughingstock. Off the court, the stories have been nightmarish, with murders in his family, lawsuits, and accusations. No one will ever accuse Curry of having had a smooth ride, and as much as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett may be the poster children for players coming straight from high school to NBA success, Curry -- despite big earnings -- has been a cautionary tale.

    And yet, he has reached a point where he's a ray of light in the locker room of the franchise that has been called the most valuable in the NBA.

    "Kind of like a new person coming around," says Curry of the mood since he returned to the team. "Everybody's just kind of revitalized. I love the energy in the locker room and on the court."

    On Sunday, he'll play in Madison Square Garden for the first time since March 2008, when Thomas was still coach.

    "Definitely fun to play my first game in the Garden since I don't know when,'" he says. "I was scared that it wouldn't happen here. ... Definitely looking forward to it. Hopefully they'll accept me. But they don't have a choice. I'll be there!"

    Scheduled to be showing support for Curry in the face of Garden critics on Sunday -- and sitting courtside at the Izod Center on Saturday -- was Eddy Curry's "uncle" and noted NBA insider William Wesley. As a trusted advisor of a long list of players, including Curry, LeBron James, and Allen Iverson, Wesley has the potential to be a major figure as Donnie Walsh works to bring the Knicks back to respectability.

    Wesley has already been a central figure in Curry's recent weight loss and rejuvenation.

    Wesley very seldom talks to reporters on the record, but made an exception, speaking from his courtside seat at halftime of the Knicks' win at New Jersey:

    Seeing Eddy Curry out there obviously means a lot for the Knicks. But also for you. Why?
    Because of his personal struggle to get back to where he once was. There's a lot of people that doubt that he can get back to his form. He's trying. He's trying. This is just another step. The bar is being raised in each game.

    Do you like his chances?
    I like his chances.

    These two teams we're watching, they're both banking on getting much better through free agency. If you could give them advice on how to succeed in attracting a premium free agent this summer, what would you say?
    I'm not going to answer that question, because I think it's a set-up question. I'm here to talk about Eddy Curry, and to support Eddy Curry.

    Tell me about your summer with Eddy Curry. What did you actually do?
    We did two-a-days. He worked out. He ate right. Chris Douglas-Roberts came in and supported him -- Chris is from Detroit, so he came in and supported him. There's a lot of guys that wanted to come in to support Eddy through this process. J.R. Smith came in and spent some time with him. It was really great to see people coming and rallying around Eddy's family. A lot of people just wanted him to be in the right situation.

    The stories about Eddy's situation have been terrible. There have been murders. There have been weird accusations. Just about everything bad you can imagine ... Very serious stuff. As someone who knows him better, it must kind of kill you to see Eddy Curry be the butt of jokes.
    Yeah, but I've seen that my whole life with these young kids. Some of them get held to different standards. But at the end of the day, we have to remember that these are still young kids, and they're our kids. We're responsible to lead them down the right road. So if they hit a bump in the road, we should help them.

    What do you say to people who make fun of him?
    You're wasting your breath to talk to them. They're called haters. Their thought process isn't going to alter. You spend too much energy trying to convince them.

    Is the perfect scenario for him to be a long-term Knick? Or would it be better for him to get a fresh start?
    No, with Eddy, I think the best place for him is to be a New York Knick. People have to remember, the Knicks took a chance on Eddy when nobody else did. He hasn't forgotten that. Donnie Walsh has bent over backwards for Eddy to be successful. Knowing Eddy, Eddy's not going to take that lightly. He understands the commitment from Donnie Walsh and the New York Knicks organization.

    So, Eddy's playing 11 minutes in Indiana, Donnie Walsh said in the papers, played a role in the Knicks' decision not to sign Allen Iverson.
    I don't know anything about that.

    Donnie talked to the media yesterday, and said basically that there were enough good signs from the young Knicks that they didn't want to alter the structure of the team. And he specifically mentioned Eddy's performance as part of that.
    I don't know.

    Sounds like the kind of thing you're talking about, though, with a big Knick commitment to Eddy Curry.
    I guess! I don't know. I wasn't privy to the information.

    Eddy spent the summer with your trainer and with you, and then he came to training camp and was immediately injured and the Knicks didn't seem to think he was in shape.
    I don't want to comment on that. But I'll say that he had to start somewhere. And he started it in Detroit, Michigan.

    And you're happy with where he is now?
    Yeah.

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    Default I like the confidence

    Curry can dominate the offensive post, but overall is yet to be seen. He has to prove that he can play defense and rebound, or he will be at best what he was when he averaged 20 ppg.

    I like his confidence. For someone who has gone through so much negatives, it's good to see that he has something driving him to be better.

    Let's just hope that Curry can back up what he is saying soon so we can trade him.

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    I never understood how someone who doesn't play defense and doesn't rebound can "dominate."

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    It's good that he's thinking this way. His pure basketball skills are below average but with a good surrounding cast who knows?

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    i doubt he'll "dominate", but as i said bfore i liked his presence today. i still think his pick nd roll defense is weak. but he overpowered the celtics bigs. hopefully tht baby hook he does starts goin in

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    I hate you guys for posting Eddy Curry articles.

    You're acting like if Curry plays so amazingly for 10 games, its going to make up for his inactivity and his terrible BUST career.

    and Eddy Curry "amazing" is 17 ppg 4 turnovers 5 fouls, 3 rebounds, no blocks no assist.

    I don't know why you dudes are so GASED...as well the dumbass New York media.

    The only guy who ever will hype Curry up that had a profession in the NBA is Isiah Thomas and the dumbass scouts and GM who drafted him. I'm pretty sure those guys aren't in the league now.

    Jerry Kouse traded a front court of Artest at SF Brand at PF and Miller at C
    Epic fail.

    Smart GM's don't want Curry.
    We're SCREWED guys.
    Just get over it.

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    that quote was unfinished "matter of time before i dominate....... the buffet table".

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    it is quite possible that a light Curry has no value cuz i don't recall him having that many post moves. I remembered he used to get buckets by beasting down low.

    I think the reason Shaq was so dominant was cuz he was a fatass. You had to triple to team him but unlike Curry he was still able to get the bucket in his day.

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    that quote was unfinished "matter of time before i dominate....... the buffet table".


    I hope that Eddy does come back fit and healthy. If he plays well for us that`s great but if he`s traded then I hope he has a good career with whoever he plays for.

    The guy deserves a break what with all the problems he`s had and he deserves a little more respect, in my opinion, from some of the people on this forum. Why is it that some on this forum are determined to hate players with such regularity?

    He has had terrible family problems and his weight problem is no reason to ridicule him. Come on guys, he is a Knick, one of our players so let`s stop bad mouthing him and give the guy some support.

    I have lots of respect for him for overcoming his problems and you have to respect someone who can lose so much weight like that. It shows that he is determined to play and play well. It`s not his fault that he was given a massive contract and that his money could be used more effectively.

    Good luck Eddy, my respect to you.

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    Originally Posted by Scipio
    that quote was unfinished "matter of time before i dominate....... the buffet table".


    I hope that Eddy does come back fit and healthy. If he plays well for us that`s great but if he`s traded then I hope he has a good career with whoever he plays for.

    The guy deserves a break what with all the problems he`s had and he deserves a little more respect, in my opinion, from some of the people on this forum. Why is it that some on this forum are determined to hate players with such regularity?

    He has had terrible family problems and his weight problem is no reason to ridicule him. Come on guys, he is a Knick, one of our players so let`s stop bad mouthing him and give the guy some support.

    I have lots of respect for him for overcoming his problems and you have to respect someone who can lose so much weight like that. It shows that he is determined to play and play well. It`s not his fault that he was given a massive contract and that his money could be used more effectively.

    Good luck Eddy, my respect to you.
    Welcome to the board!!! I have taken alot of grief around here for supporting Eddy Curry, so I am glad he is getting things turned around in his professional as well as his personal life. I live in Chicago so Eddy's personal problems have been well documented. But Eddy is showing his what he is made of by getting up off the mat and getting his life together. I will continue to root for Eddy's return because he is the center of the New York Knicks, which still means something to me.

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    As long as Eddy is working hard and staying in shape I see no reason that he shouldn't be a dominant big man in the offensive and defensive paint areas. I would really like to see more defensive boards, but you gotta admit that he hustles after the ball in the offensive zone and it pays off. The Knicks have shown some glimmers of hope and some growth and hopefully it continues to go that way. It was a positive showing against the celtics the other night. Eddy is a big reason for that.

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    Originally Posted by ANU
    that quote was unfinished "matter of time before i dominate....... the buffet table".
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    Originally Posted by Scipio
    He has had terrible family problems and his weight problem is no reason to ridicule him.
    sure it is.... he is a fat-fuk... he is getting paid 10m this year, to play ball, not to sit at a booth in mickey d's , eating big mac's... he did not create all the $hit around him, but i ain't giving him a pass on his weight... and his lack of effort..

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    Hey, we started playing better since he came back. 18 point comeback on the road, beat the worst team in the league, almost beat the best.

    But yeah, he freaking sucks. I love how I looked back at that trade post, like back in 04, and everyones all happy because we got Curry. Oh...how far we've come.

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    Originally Posted by paris401
    sure it is.... he is a fat-fuk... he is getting paid 10m this year, to play ball, not to sit at a booth in mickey d's , eating big mac's... he did not create all the $hit around him, but i ain't giving him a pass on his weight... and his lack of effort..
    so losing 65 pounds is showing no effort?

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