Though Isiah Thomas and Larry Brown are probably pretty certain of what they’re getting in the form of C Eddy Curry, the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson provides some helpful biographical tidbits.

Because of his salivating potential, Curry took his turns as a punching bag. From the time former Bulls coach Tim Floyd spoke derisively of giving him “entitlement minutes” during his rookie season to the classic time that current coach Scott Skiles said “jump” when asked how Curry could be a better rebounder, Curry took his lumps.

Publicly, Curry acted as if the comments didn’t bother him. Privately, they hurt him, sometimes even enough for him to take a path other than the one offering the least resistance.