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Curry's Long And Winding Road Back to the NBA

By Canbek Alakay

Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once said "the dictionary is the only place that success comes before work." Wise words from the two-time NFL Super Bowl champion coach. However, the quote doesn't apply to Eddy Curry. The larger than life forward/center of the New York Knicks will earn over $10.5 million this season to sit on the bench.

Curry was selected fourth overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 2001 NBA Draft, coming straight from Thornwood High School. Curry enjoyed a few decent years with the Bulls, before being shipped to New York in a six-year, $56 million dollar sign-and-trade deal. Curry started off slow with the Knicks, before bouncing back in the 2006-07 season, averaging 19.5 points and 7.0 rebounds, both career highs.

Unfortunately for both Curry and the Knicks, he would never play as well again. Knee injuries, heart problems and weight issues lead to him featuring in just 62 games in the last two seasons. The Knicks were hoping to integrate him back into the team this season, and all seemed well up until recently when general manager Donnie Walsh commented on Curry's progress. "I think it's going to take him time to get back into a flow," said the second year GM of the New York Knicks. "I'm not expecting anybody to come out of the gate and we all go, 'Wow.'"

Curry lost 40 pounds over the off-season, but still weighs in at a hefty 317 pounds. He joined his teammates recently, playing in a few scrimmages. However, it is said Curry had to leave due to a hamstring strain he suffered earlier in the week.

If it wasn't bad enough having an overweight forward getting paid $10.5 million to sit on the bench, Curry has a player option for the 2010-11 season for $11.3 million. If Curry activates the option (who wouldn't?), the $11.3 million would cut into the Knicks salary cap, possibly hindering their ability to sign two superstars in the Summer of LeBron.

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