(an extremely rare recent photograph of Eddy Curry standing upright on a basketball court)
Though the Knicks have won 8 of 9 entering tomorrow afternoon’s matinee in Toronto, Ronny Turiaf is banged up and Russian rookie Timofey Mozgov has struggled (budding career as a poster model, aside). With such a glaring need for a big body in the paint, you might think this would finally be the time for the Eddy Curry Suppression Ring to see meaningful minutes, but as head coach Mike D’Antoni tells the New York Post’s Marc Berman, “we got to get our record straight and can’t experiment right now.”
Curry is getting “antsy” and said he’s ready to rock.
“Yeah, I am. At the same we’re winning, and I’m not trying to disrupt that or disrupt anything around here,” Curry said. “It’s been a while since I played, but I haven’t been sitting around. I’ve been practicing, doing extra work to make sure I can get up and down. At the end of the day, it’s just basketball, what I’ve been doing my whole life. I don’t want to get into deserve or not deserve. I’m ready whenever he needs me.”
D’Antoni is wary of using Curry because last season, during another comeback, Curry was spotted in during two games and the team collapsed with him on the floor. But it’s surprising D’Antoni won’t at least suit him up for potentially useful garbage-time minutes.
D’Antoni said he didn’t think Curry could “get up and down the floor” efficiently.
“To be honest, I’m playing it close to the vest,” he said. “I’m not going to give up a couple of games just to [spot Curry] when I don’t know. If it’s Raymond [Felton] or Amar’e [Stoudemire] you do it. You just don’t know [with Curry]. It’s a tough situation for us right now.”