Lebron James recently contacted Eddy Curry about working out together at some point this summer, according to the New York Daily News. As the article points out, Curry might not be the best ambassador for the New York Knicks.
But Curry's involvement in the Knicks' recruitment of James is interesting since the veteran center has had a famous falling-out with head coach Mike D'Antoni, which began as far back as D'Antoni's first practice with the Knicks....If James were to ask Curry about D'Antoni, chances are that Curry would not provide a glowing report. Several Knicks complained during the season about D'Antoni's lack of communication over their roles and status.
While there is no reason to believe the report is false, its almost equally hard to believe it is true. The idea that Lebron James, one of the greatest physical specimens in the history of the NBA, would want to share the gym with Eddy Curry, who has eaten himself out of relevancy twice during his career, seems like a joke awaiting a punchline.
In his past two seasons with the Knicks, Eddy Curry has appeared in a total of 10 games, scoring 31 points across 73 largely unspectacular minutes. For his contribution, the team has payed Curry about $20 million. However I'm sure that all would be forgiven if Curry could have some positive impact, regardless of how small, in the recruitment that ultimately saw James sign with the Knicks.
In the past few years, every move the New York Knicks have made has had one singular purpose; to lure Lebron James to Gotham in the Summer of 2010. It must terrify New York fans to know that Eddy Curry will have some level influence, in how Lebron views the franchise when weighing his free-agency options.