Lee Injures Curry to Get More Playing Time

According to the NY Times, Eddy Curry suffered a shoulder injury in practice. Supposedly he has full range of motion, but there is pain. Curry will miss the first preseason game, but more interestingly the injury was caused by David Lee. It seems that Lee is actually fighting for more playing time. More from the article:

With Curry out, the Knicks are suddenly thin at center. Jerome James has had a sore left knee throughout training camp and will probably be in street clothes Monday. Coach Isiah Thomas could slide Randolph to center (and use Lee at power forward), or start the second-year pro Randolph Morris.

None of those pairings will generate as much intrigue, however, as the Curry-Randolph tandem, which the Knicks hope will be the most dominant in the league.

Wow I never thought I’d see the word “thin” with the name “Jerome James” in the same paragraph. And I’m sure there are a few readers here that think the Lee/Randolph or Morris/Randolph front court would be more intriguing. Am I the only one that thinks the Curry-Randolph pairing is going to be uneventful? They both might suffer a little scoring-wise, but other than that not much is going to change in their per minute stats.

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25 thoughts to “Lee Injures Curry to Get More Playing Time”

  1. “Am I the only one that thinks the Curry-Randolph pairing is going to be uneventful?”

    No, you’re not. I don’t think that pairing will be anywhere near as powerful as Zeke and others seem to think it will be. Unless someone magically learns to feed the post, and Curry magically becomes a better interior passer.

  2. How are you not a hater implying that David Lee hurt Eddy Curry (one of his good friends) on purpose to get playing time.

    ?Lee Injures Curry to Get More Playing Time?

  3. 1 question Mike K:

    I don’t really see a lot of ads or anything so I’m guessing the site is a labor of love. Why not give us an RSS feed…even one with just the post title…so we can keep up without having to reload.

    Your current method is so…2002. :)

  4. “How are you not a hater implying that David Lee hurt Eddy Curry (one of his good friends) on purpose to get playing time.”

    title of post = joke

  5. joke /d?o?k/ [johk]
    1. something said or done to provoke laughter or cause amusement, as a witticism, a short and amusing anecdote, or a prankish act: He tells very funny jokes. She played a joke on him.
    2. something that is amusing or ridiculous, esp. because of being ludicrously inadequate or a sham; a thing, situation, or person laughed at rather than taken seriously; farce: Their pretense of generosity is a joke. An officer with no ability to command is a joke.

  6. totally agree an ddont like the Curry-Zach lineup. Lee is a starter under any other coach.

  7. For those who want the Knicks to succeed under Isiah, the Curry injury is a good thing. I don’t want Isiah to succeed, only because that should his departure. Maybe Daddy Dolan will prevail on his idiot son to can the smiling weasel.

    In any event – substantively, this is a good thing. Randolph gets to be the MAN, Lee starts at PF and you know his role is Matrix like – to clean the glass, get 14-15 points off nothing, and defend, defend, defend. Hopefully QRich, Steph and Crawford can provide enough punch from the outside. My prediction – as long as Curry stays out, the Knicks are at least above .500. If he comes back, instant chemistry problems trying to work him back in. He is allergic to rebounds, doesn’t hustle, and can’t pass. Nice. And to think, the weasel traded (essentially, but you never really know) Tyrus Thomas and Noah for Curry. That’s TEEEERRRRRIBLE.

  8. Knick hater because you take an obvious positive and turn it into a negative .. come on man! comparing Lee/Randolph and Morris/Randolph to Curry/Randolph?

    All of a sudden Curry is odd man out … why don’t we just waive him!?

    You’re crazy! touted as probably the best one/two front court punch in the league this year and you come up with this post. Wow!

    Yeah I would say a Knick Hater. Definitely not the worst of them but a hater none the less.

    Why do Knick fans think being a Knick fan means picking apart everything that they possibly can?

  9. Touted as the best one-two frontcourt punch in the League by people who believe Curry is a good player. If one believes that Curry is NOT a good player, why would Randolph/Curry be any better than the Randolph/Aldridge(and Magloire) frontcourt that led a terrible offensive and defensive team last season?

    And I’m not sure how thinking one possible Knicks frontcourt is more intriguing and probably better than another possible Knicks frontcourt could qualify as “hating”. Care to go into more detail?

  10. I think the guys accusing me of being a Knick hater could use a dictionary. I said that Randolph/Lee was more “intriguing”, and that Curry/Zach would be “uneventful”. I never said that either one was more productive, nor was I comparing them in that capacity.

    ?verb (used with object)
    1. to arouse the curiosity or interest of by unusual, new, or otherwise fascinating or compelling qualities; appeal strongly to; captivate: The plan intrigues me, but I wonder if it will work.
    2. to achieve or earn by appealing to another’s curiosity, fancy, or interest: to intrigue one’s way into another’s notice.

    1. Lacking in significant events.
    2. Occurring without disruption.

  11. What is joke? There is no “joke” in basketball. Only Hanes commercials and Gheorghe Muresan.

  12. Mike, your neverending attempts to discredit KB have taken a serious step backwards today. Please try and keep up with the rest of the class…..

    ~~~~~Mike Said:

    How are you not a hater implying that David Lee hurt Eddy Curry (one of his good friends) on purpose to get playing time.

    ?Lee Injures Curry to Get More Playing Time?~~~~~

  13. For the entire Preseason games Knick Players Marbury, Curry, and Q.Richardson should not be apart of the lineup (being that Balkman is injured Q.Rich has a pass). WHY?

    The Knicks have 4 strong athletic rookies that need to compete against NBA players in the preseason games, because 3 of them showed big signs of being future NBA players in the Summer League Games (SLG). Plus history shows that 2 or more rookies in different positions has the habit of working out hard together in practice to build an outstanding chemistry together.

    The new addition of player Zach Randolph should have to compete in all preseason games in gaining chemistry and co-existing with his new teammates. I still dont believe that Zach pay and last season stat-sheet should make him a STARTER over complimentary perfomer David Lee. Especially alongside no-defense and no-rebounding C-Eddy Curry whom performance will still be the same with no team work outs this entire offseason.

    Then you have the Players that need to show some team-ball in their performances in the Preseason games like Jefferies, Malik, Crawford, Nate, Collins, and the two players that does not belong on this team Jerome James and Fred Jones.

  14. Lee also showed a new dimension to his game, repeatedly driving the ball at defenders and drawing fouls. He went 8 for 9 from the free-throw line, both team highs.

    Every Season David Lee adds some new athletic talent to his performance to make this Knick Team a better team.

    There is not one good reason why David Lee is not the Knicks Starting PF.

    Zach Randolph is good and everything but he is not the complimentary co-existing player as David Lee.
    It is not hard to see where Balkman & Chandler get their hard hustle around the ball from when you watch their Teammate David Lee in action. Whom they ran some great impressive scrimmage games throughout this offseason (Collins, Nate, Nicholes, Chandler, Balkman, Q.Rich, Lee, and Morris). It was so impressive that even Marbury & Crawford had to show up at a couple of scrimmage games and get down with the young players.

    When you mention Lee, Balkman, and Q.Rich, you are talking about the Knicks best three co-existing chemistry players together in the frontcourt.

    So when you add Curry with “David Lee & Q.Richardson” you have explosiveness.
    When you add Zach with “David Lee & Q.Richardson” you add another explosiveness.
    When you add Balkman with “David Lee & Q.Richardson” you add a small lineup that is running an explosive fastbreak 70% of the time.

    Q.Richardson has showed to be the best Leadership Player in the starting 5 lineup and David Lee has accepted that early last season when they started together (Great Chemistry).

  15. the rookies need pt, but the team needs to develop a rotation and demonstrate its personality. last year was a madhouse. The knicks have a roster that contains at least seven guys who have been here a year or less. They need to pick a top 8 or 9, and have them learn to play together

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