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News » New York Knicks Notes, Quotes 2009-10-19

New York Knicks Notes, Quotes 2009-10-19

New York Knicks Notes, Quotes 2009-10-19--The Knicks were expecting to see a new and improved C Eddy Curry at the start of training camp, but despite three months of offseason conditioning with two personal trainers, Curry didn't make it through the first day of camp. He had hamstring and calf issues and Walsh decided the next move in trying to get the 7-foot, 300-plus pound center in playing shape was to order him to work out individually with team trainers for two-a-day sessions. Curry will not be back until he is able to run in full practices without any more physical problems.

The Knicks insist that this latest problem, at least, doesn't involve a weight issue. But after a season in which he was only able to play in two games because of knee troubles and resulting poor conditioning, Curry needs more time to get himself back into NBA game shape.

It is highly unlikely that Curry will ever get to the point where he'd be a central piece in D'Antoni's up-tempo system, but the Knicks are desperate to at least get the underachieving big man into the rotation so he can show the rest of the league that he can be the dominant post-up player he was three seasons ago. And the object from there is to hope it's enough to convince a team to trade an expiring contract for him.

--Veteran Larry Hughes is the owner of one of several expiring contracts on the roster and that is likely his greatest value to the team at this point. With a focus on developing young players, Hughes could be the odd-man out of D'Antoni's generally short rotation of eight-to-nine players. This could develop into an issue if Hughes demands a buyout for his freedom to play elsewhere.

The Knicks bought out Stephon Marbury last season after D'Antoni opted not to play him and the controversial guard became enough of a disruptive force to motivate Walsh to banish him from the team. The same could eventually happen with Hughes, who expressed his public dissatisfaction in Chicago when he was left on the bench by Vinny Del Negro.

Still, Hughes is not only a valuable expiring contract ($13 million) to keep until the trade deadline, but he does give the team some insurance depth in case of injuries. The Knicks considered Marbury the same until he refused to play when he was asked. It's doubtful Hughes would do the same.

MAIN REASON KNICKS CAN WIN: Coach Mike D'Antoni's system will produce a great deal of points and consistency with the rotation should promote needed chemistry that the team could not get last season because of two mid-season trades that disrupted the lineup. Defense will also be an emphasis this season, which is always nice.

MAIN REASON KNICKS CAN LOSE: A roster loaded with expiring contracts and young players without a clear leader or go-to guy is a precarious situation. This team doesn't have many shooters, which is a key component in D'Antoni's spread offense. Most important, if things start off poorly, with six key players headed to free agency, the team concept approach could be quickly ignored.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Shoot 'em up and sleep in the streets... I don't know what it means, but that's how we've got to play." -- Mike D'Antoni, using a quote by former coach Kevin Loughery on the attitude the Knicks need to take.

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