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News » New York Knicks Notes, Quotes 2009-11-15

New York Knicks Notes, Quotes 2009-11-15

New York Knicks Notes, Quotes 2009-11-15--LeBron James' recent suggestion that the NBA should retire No. 23 in honor of Michael Jordan wasn't met with great enthusiasm by the Knicks' No. 23, rookie Toney Douglas. When asked about James' idea, Douglas replied, "It really doesn't matter to me what he said about the number thing. I don't really have no comment about it, to tell you the truth."

Douglas said he's worn No. 23 "my whole life, since I was three years old." Asked why he chose No. 23, the answer was obvious: "Of course because of 'MJ'. That was my favorite basketball player growing up."

James said, regardless of whether the NBA agrees with his idea, he has considered changing his number from 23 to 6, which was the number he wore with the Redeem Team in Beijing. That might have a lot of Knicks fans concerned about their hopeful investment -- they plunked down as much as $150 for custom-made Knicks jerseys with "James 23" on the back for the Cavaliers' Nov. 6 game at the Garden. But if a certain veteran free agent were to sign with the Knicks and request No. 23, would Douglas give it up?

"I'm not in that situation right now," Douglas said with a laugh, "so I'm going to have to wait until that veteran comes."

--The Knicks coveted Stephen Curry before the draft but missed landing the former Davidson star by one pick, when Golden State snatched him with the No. 7 pick. Curry, who before the draft made it clear his preference was to wind up in New York and in Mike D'Antoni's guard-friendly system, instead found himself in a dysfunctional world of Nellie-ball, where guard Monta Ellis has shown him the cold shoulder on the court after he said he didn't believe he and Curry would work as a backcourt tandem.

Nelson began the season with Curry in the starting lineup next to Ellis anyway, but in the previous game he opted to move him to the bench. Why?

"He doesn't have enough tattoos," Nelson said. "In fact, he doesn't have any. How can you start in the NBA and not have any tattoos?"

But Nelson took it a step further on Friday when he limited Curry to just 2:35 in his NBA debut at the Garden. Before the game, Curry spoke about his rookie experience in Golden State by saying, "It's tougher than it probably should be, but this is going to make me better down the road."

Did he have any regrets about not landing in New York?

"I left all that in the summer," he said. But shortly after that, he admitted he does keep an eye on the Knicks. "Watching the offense, you kind of picture yourself and how you could have played, what kind of plays you could have made."

Considering the major issues D'Antoni has at the point guard position, the feeling is likely mutual.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Our lack of fight was the most disappointing thing." -- Mike D'Antoni on his team's performance in the latest defeat.

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