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News » New York Knicks Getting Inside 2009-11-17

New York Knicks Getting Inside 2009-11-17

New York Knicks Getting Inside 2009-11-17Is it finally time to expire the expiring contract players? Mike D'Antoni has tried to avoid that discussion early in the season, but after a franchise-worst 1-9 start this season, the coach suggested he might be ready to make the leap most veteran coaches never want to make in a season.

With the roster somewhat locked because of the 2010 plan -- Donnie Walsh has made it clear he won't make any personnel moves that would negatively impact the team's salary cap space next summer -- D'Antoni is left with playing veterans who are clearly not getting it done, or begin the development process with the future of the franchise, with second-year forward Danilo Gallinari and rookies Toney Douglas and Jordan Hill playing primary roles.

"The next three days are going to be important to find a group that I want to go with," he said of the four-day break between games.

D'Antoni does have one option to add between now and Wednesday's game in Indiana: center Eddy Curry. Now noticeably slimmer and in shape, Curry will be worked into the rotation during this break in the schedule although it remains to be seen if he can be a factor.

Four years ago, Curry averaged a career-high 19.5 points per game and seven rebounds per game, but he did so in a much slower system that featured him as the go-to scorer. D'Antoni's challenge is to see if Curry, who has lost as much as 60 pounds since last season, can be an effective pick-and-roll player and, of course, run the floor.

But Curry, who played just three games last season, isn't being viewed as a savior. If anything, the Knicks would mainly want to showcase him just to trade his contract to clear even more cap space in 2010.

What is equally important is the development of Gallinari, who in very limited touches has shown the ability to be a dangerous shooter; Douglas, who has proved he can be an effective scorer (though not a great playmaker yet); and Hill, who has played efficient minutes in spot duty so far and is likely to earn more playing time given that veterans such as Jared Jeffries and Darko Milicic are providing nothing in the paint.

D'Antoni went with Hill to start the second half against the Warriors on Friday for this reason: "It's just we had some zombies out there and I just wanted to see Jordan. He has a lot to learn, but I'd like to keep playing him and see what happens."

At this point, why not? How much worse can it get?

WARRIORS 121, KNICKS 107: In a game between two teams that employ up-tempo offenses, it was only the Warriors who could keep up the pace -- they used a 20-8 run in the second quarter to take control of the game. It was the sixth straight loss for the Knicks (1-9), who clinched the worst 10-game start in franchise history. Danilo Gallinari had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, and Stephen Jackson led Golden State with 23 points.

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