Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Eddy Curry, that is.
The Knicks big man won’t be ready for the season opener Oct. 28 and looks like he could be done for a while.
“He’s not ready to go out there and play at an NBA speed,” Knicks President Donnie Walsh told beat writers today, according to Frank Isola of the Daily News. “So we’re going to take longer and get him there. Because every time he comes on the floor he pulls a muscle. We want to get him to a point where he can get out on the floor and run.
“That’s the issue. Our trainers will work with him. He missed training camp after the first day so the gap between him and the team is even farther.”
The 6-foot-11, 317-pound Curry played just 12 minutes in three games last season.
He then underwent a highly publicized offseason training regimen in which he dropped 40 pounds.
But within the first 10 minutes of the team’s opening scrimmage of training camp last Tuesday in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Curry tore his right calf muscle. The muscle is present in only 40 percent of the population and the injury is usually associated with tennis players.
Curry will be paid nearly $11.3 million next season, and trading him would free up even more salary cap space for the summer of 2010, otherwise known as the Summer of LeBron.
But who’s going to take this guy now?
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.