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.
In the weeks since Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, we have yet to hear Russell Westbrook speak on his former teammate’s decision. This week, ESPN.com’s Royce Young indicated in a podcast interview that Durant was telling Westbrook and others in the days leading up to his decision that he was coming back to Oklahoma City. He later walked back his report, saying he misspoke. On Thursday, Durant himself told The Vertical‘s Shams Charania that he never said any such thing, or misled Westbrook or anyone else about his intentions.
“It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
So that settles that.
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
The Bulls acquired Dinwiddie in a trade with Detroit last month and waived him three weeks ago. He spent two years with the Pistons and appeared in 12 games last season, averaging 4.8 points and 13.3 minutes.
The Bulls announced the move Thursday.
The Wizards are getting a new practice facility.
For some reason, the Wizards have to pay just $4.46 million for it. Washington D.C. will cover the rest.
How much is the rest?
Jonathan O’Connell of The Washington Post:
The District”s sports and convention arm, Events DC, is proposing a series of upgrades to a planned Washington Wizards practice facility and entertainment center in Southeast that would likely reduce the total number of seats but add $10 million to the original $55 million price tag.
The new spending would be paid for by Events DC, which is funded by a percentage of hotel occupancy taxes. It does not require approval by the D.C. Council but will have to be voted on by the Events DC board Aug. 11.
Wizards owner Ted Leonsis pledged to move the team’s practices there as well as home games for the Washington Mystics and a future Wizards’ NBA D-League affiliate team. His company, Monumental Sports & Entertainment, agreed to pay $4.46 million — or 8 percent of the original $55 million cost.
But in a July 26 letter to D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive of Events DC, wrote that the original $55 million budget was “based on a preliminary estimate, as development and analysis of the program and concept design had not yet been performed.”
So, the District agreed to pay for a project without knowing how much it would cost and got the primary beneficiary — Leonsis — to kick in a share based on a low early estimate? It’s almost as if politicians are inept or have ulterior motives.
At least Wizards practices and WNBA games will bring plenty of new money into the community.
As Leonsis said, “There’s never been a better time to be an owner of an NBA franchise.”