haha i know that's right!
I'm kinda in the middle on this one....I love Curry I defeinetly see why IT made the trade for him. What it all boils down to is this, if Curry can become a better rebounder, shot blocker, and passer he's probably the best center in the East and we "won" so to speak. But the picks that Bulls aquired from this trade will make them a good team for years to come, we also have provided them w/ cap room to sighn a superstar whenever they want. And listen I'm as big a Balkman fan as anyone, I'm so happy he proved his doubters wrong, but lets poll all the GM's in the league and ask them who they would rather have Balkman or Tyrus Thomas and 90% will say Tyrus, again I love Balkman, but he's about as good as he's gonna be in this league, and Tyrus has the potential to be as good as Kenyon Martin was in New Jersey. IT's ability to draft has soften the impact of losing our picks but there is no way that we can say that we are better off w/ out those picks, it's safe to say if we had the 2nd pick in the draft last year Isiah would not have used it on Balkman. To wrap it up, if the Knicks had made the playoffs this year, the Knicks got the better of this trade, if the Bulls landed Durant or Oden then the Bulls got the better end, but a number 2 pick and a number 9 and cap room for Curry, Balkman, and the 23rd pick this year, I'd say it's just about even....don't you think
Did the Knicks get the better end of the deal? Yes. I believe so and here's why:
Last year if the Bulls had still gave up Tyson Chandler and kept Curry, they'd probably beat Detroit. Slide Wallace to the PF position, with Eddy at the 5 and you definetly have the low post scoring threat that they so sorely lacked. As well, you take a run at the title with Big Ben's defense and rebounding while Tyrus Thomas learns how to navigate the NBA waters. 3yrs from now you're still a threat with Curry, Thomas, Deng, Gordon and Hinrich. And the run continues with you starting five intact for four years. Just a thought. By the way, does anyone here really care what Scott Skiles really has to say? Did anyone think he was gonna talk up Curry's or Chandler's development when he ran them both out of town? Notice how they both had break out years as soon as they left his so called tutelage?
The position the Knicks need help at the most I believe are SF and PF. Now we have people on the team, who could easily fill these roles if they take this off season to develop. Balkman is a wash for talent with Tyrus Thomas. Balkman is a better on ball defender than Thomas, and a much better ball handler. So if he develops a jumper with his abilty to go to the basket he'd have the makings of an injury free Larry Johnson. Explosive post presence, if the shot develops, the abilty to pull up and stretch the D.
Frye and Lee
Both these guys have high ceilings for what they can achieve. The just need to work hard. However, I like the fact they're young and coachable. as well, that they aren't KVH or Tim Thomas two 6'10 guys that are sometimes impossible to find on a basketball court. KVH was so useless he is no longer in the league (no he's not on Dallas anymore) and Tim Thomas won't be sited again till he needs his final contract.
The Bulls will soon be over the cap. They have to resign Deng, Gordon, Nocioni, Duhon. By the way only three teams will be under the cap (Projected at 55 to $57.5). They are as follows:
Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago*, Milwaukee*, Orlando, Sacramento*, Seattle* and Toronto* (* Depicts teams that do not have a full roster under contract for 2007/2008 season)
Ultimately did we win getting Eddy? Yes, cause now we have a plan.
It's not like the Bulls are gonna draft a projected superstar @ number 9 (unless sum1 drops 2 them)
On the truth, it's really not about Eddy Curry next season.
Curry is not going to make any miracle change over the offseason (We seen his best this past season). That is why the majority of Knick-Fans is thinking KG, O'Neal, and Artest.
It is way to late to worry about was Curry worth a 23 & 33 Win season.
It's all about 9th pick Channing Frye leading the Knicks Frontcourt next season.
After what President/Coach Isiah Thomas did to Channing Frye role on this Knick Team in his second season in the NBA, I too agree that Channing frye deserves a second season without the role that was given to him this past season.
All Knick-Fans seen tapes of Channing Frye in the weight Gym last offseason building up body muscles to play deep inside the middle paint for the upcomming season. Even practicing 10 foot hook-shots which he never got a chance to use with Eddy Curry playingtime increased to 35 MPG with Channing Frye averaging 25 MPG alongside of Curry this past season (Channing Frye was the ideal Back-up Center for Eddy Curry 24 MPG).
David Lee & Jerome James should've been used as the Knicks PF.
Q.Richardson & Balkman should've been used as the Knicks SF.
Marbury & Crawford should've been the Knicks Starting backcourt.
Francis, Nate, and Collins should've been the Knicks backup Guards & Backcourt runners.
The above is how you take advantage of the strength, speed, and talents of all your young players.
Jared Jefferies should've been a Bench Watcher with spot-roles of playingtime this past season, only if he could do a better job than Malik Rose as a Spot Role player, which I doubt.
This Knick Team was misorganized by the Head Coach, and Coached wrong the entire season, that is why important players got injured all at the same time in the second half of the season.
I agree that IT made some poor decisions as HC last season... namely not having his team prepared at the start of games thereby always trailing in the opening periods... starting JJ20 and JJ13... but to say they were coached wrong the entire season is misleading...
first... Curry hasn't come close to reaching his potential... last season was the first season he was consistently the focus of an offense and handled it well... until the double and triple teams came... this off-season... he has to adjust for that and work on the defensive and rebounding end of the court...
as for Frye... were his talents misused? maybe... but remember ewing and oakley worked well together because they could each hit the mid range and bang down low... the problem with running frye down low for extended periods is he gets banged around in there... and he isn't a dominant enough rebounder to make the permanent move to 5 a good decision... he's better used as a consisten 4 and play spot possessions as 5 when they need to draw out the opposing big man for instance...
the only problem with your rotation is that it leaves our bench offensively impaired and JJ13 is a foul out waiting to happen playing any more than 10 minutes a night... let's face the facts... the guy doesn't want to be a good player... he's here as long as the checks clear...
i could keep listing... let's be happy that it's not oden or durant... and remember this is supposed to be a deep draft... let's hope paxson isn't that good at drafting... or scott skiles misuses another talent...