Amar’e Stoudemire and Danilo Gallinari have been at the Knicks training facility this summer, putting in the work for next season. So has Anthony Randolph. Heck, even David Lee has been their working out after his finger injury with team USA — and he’s not even a Knick anymore.
Eddy Curry? Crickets.
So far this summer all Curry has done is pick up his $11.2 million option for next season and have an arrest warrant filed against him. But not workout at the Knicks facility, according to Alan Hahn of Newsday.
Curry missed almost all of last season (he played in seven games) with a calf injury and did stay on in New York through June working out and doing rehab, then he went home to Chicago for the birth of his fourth child. After that, nothing. He was supposed to be in Las Vegas during Summer League, when veterans were working out with the team. Nothing. He did not come back to work out at the Knicks facility in July, as promised.
He’s not even returning the Knicks calls.
Newsday’s Hahn found out Curry is in Ocean City, N.J., reportedly working out with his own personal trainer he hired. Believe that or don’t.
The Knicks could use him, there is not a real, trustworthy center on the roster. Even in Mike D’Antoni’s system someone needs to rebound and defend the rim on defense, and the Knicks need someone to grab that role and make it theirs.
If you are someone who believes players step up in the last year of their contracts — when they are playing for a new one — then you believe Curry could have his best year. This season he is playing to stay in the league, on any deal. The $60 million contract Isiah Thomas gave him was one of Thomas’ biggest mistakes — and that is saying something. Curry is not going to get that next time around, he is much more likely to be a veteran minimum guy next year.
If he gets a deal at all. He’s going to have to prove he is back and motivated for any team to offer him a deal. So far, he continues to disappoint.
Isaiah Thomas said he expects to be ready for the Celtics’ training camp next month. The guard’s All-NBA season came to an early end in the playoffs when he aggravated a labral tear in his right hip initially suffered back in March. At least the injury did not require surgery.
Players are also about the worst judges of when they will recover from an injury. They pretty much all think they are invincible and will be healthy faster than doctors predict.
Coaches tend to be more pragmatic. Take Boston’s Brad Stevens, who told Chris Mannix on The Vertical Podcast that tests in a couple of weeks will show if Thomas is ready for camp.
“He has another follow-up and another scan in the early part of September. Obviously, it’s been a lot of appropriate rest, a lot of rehab. There have been some good strides here certainly in the last month or few weeks, but we’re not going to know that until after that early September timeframe.”
The Celtics are understandably going to be cautious with Thomas, while Thomas wants to prove he is healthy and has no ill effects from the injury as he enters a contract year (one where he expects to get PAID). Also, the Celtics could use him in camp as they start to figure out how he and Gordon Hayward can share playmaking duties.
Still, from the outset, the timelines have suggested he should be ready for camp in late September. Coaches are just cautious on these things by nature.
LeBron James has four NBA MVP trophies in his case. (Does he keep that case in his home in Akron or the one in Los Angeles… that’s a question for another day.) Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six) and Michael Jordan (five) have more.
Could LeBron James add a fifth to his case this season?
Allen Iverson said yes at last weekend’s Big3 playoffs in Seattle.
LeBron was fourth in preseason odds to win the MVP at 15/2, behind Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, and Kawhi Leonard.
To me, LeBron could be a good bet. If/when Kyrie Irving is traded, the chances of LeBron getting the MVP go up. If LeBron puts up impressive numbers (again) and leads a depleted Cavaliers team to a top two seed in the East, he is certainly going to be in consideration. And should be.
It’s a long season, and personally, I think you need to get midway through the season before seriously considering the year-end awards. But history says LeBron will be in the mix, and Allen Iverson could be proven prophetic.
With the cooler-than-I-expected solar eclipse on Monday came a lot of bad solar eclipse jokes on Twitter. Because that’s what Twitter does. Especially the NBA Twitterverse. We knew a lot of “where on the flat earth will Kyrie Irving watch the eclipse?” jokes were coming.
There were a couple of good ones, however.
Appropriately, the Phoenix Suns won the day.
One personal favorite here, an old meme that never goes out of style.
The NBA, at the Pacers’ request, is investigating whether the Lakers tampered by making impressible contact with Paul George.
Bob Kravitz of WTHR
In fact, there’s word that other small- and mid-market team officials have reached out to the Pacers and told them, “Good for you. Fight the good fight.”
Small-market teams whine too much about the disadvantages they face, but tampering isn’t really a market-size issue. Remember, under Mitch Kupchak, the Lakers were known as the only team that didn’t tamper.
The Lakers have advantages because George is from the area, and Los Angeles offers immense marketability. That’d be true whether or not they contacted George or his agent before he officially became a free agent.
I understand the desire to take down the big, bad Lakers – especially now that they appear poised to become truly big and bad again. But it’s hard to find a team that can cast a stone at them from anywhere other than a glass house.