Tag:Eddy Curry
Posted on: January 18, 2012 5:39 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2012 5:58 pm
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Eddy Curry to debut vs. Lakers on Thursday?

Posted by Ben Golliver eddy-curry-mia

In what is surely the most anticipated moment of the 2011-2012 NBA season, veteran center Eddy Curry could reportedly make his season debut for the Miami Heat on Thursday.

The Palm Beach Post reports that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Curry could "possibly" make his debut in a nationally-televised Thursday night game against the Los Angeles Lakers

Curry, 29, has battled chronic weight problems -- reportedly pushing past 400 pounds -- and has not played in an NBA game since December 17, 2009. He was traded by the New York Knicks to the Minnesota Timberwolves in February 2011. The Timberwolves promptly bought him out and he began embarking on a weight loss program with trainer Tim Grover that eventually helped him land a roster spot with the Heat during the December 2011 free agency period.

The paper reports that Curry will not reveal his current weight.
How light? He still won’t say.

“I stopped keeping track,” said Curry, who has played just 10 games the past three seasons. “It’s a great number, but it’s not where I want it to be. When it is, I’ll put a sticker on.”
FoxSportsFlorida.com reports that Curry is getting excited.
"I can definitely touch it. I can feel it," Curry said of whether the light is at the end of the tunnel regarding his comeback. "This is when you got to push hard. You got to push through it. You got to expect setbacks because nothing is going to be easy. I'm going to continue to push through it and persevere."
Curry has posted career averages of 13.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in 25.4 minutes per game during his 9-year NBA career, which has included stops with the Chicago Bulls and Knicks.

The Heat also returned forward Mike Miller to the lineup on Tuesday after he missed the first three weeks of the season following sports hernia surgery.
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:40 pm
 

Miami Heat make 'All of the Lights' intro video

Posted by Ben Golliver

Nothing says serious championship contender quite like Eddy Curry making a rap music video cameo while wearing two polo shirts.

The Miami Heat have released a 2011-2012 introduction video set to the tune of Kanye West's "All of the Lights". It's pretty incredible and almost defies explanation, but we'll give it a shot anyway. 

The one-minute spot features LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and company bouncing their hands and shaking their moneymakers as psychedelic graphics spin around them. Wade is dressed in a white suitcoat, James a green sweater, and Bosh dons a striped sweater. Things get cooky when Shane Battier shows up in double popped collars, James Jones in a scarf, Mike Miller in a jean jacket and cargo shorts. The Heat dancers also make a mandatory appearance.

There are goofy faces, shoulders that are dusted off and some flexing. It ends with the tagline, "Let's Go Heat." This baby has it all.

Related: In early December, the Heat released a hype video dubbed "The Wait Is Over". 

Take a look at the Miami Heat's "All of the Lights" introduction video courtesy of the Miami Heat on YouTube




Hat tip: Palm Beach Post
Posted on: December 23, 2011 3:02 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2011 3:03 pm
 

Battier questionable, Curry out against Dallas

Posted by Royce Young

The Heat will already be without center Eddy Curry for Sunday's opener in Dallas. OK, so that's not such a big deal, but Miami might be missing their big offseason signing as well.

Via Heat Index
, Shane Battier is questionable for Sunday's game because of a strained left thigh. Battier hasn't practiced much since signing with Miami, but did go through a 45-minute workout on Thursday and a conditioning session on Friday. The problem is, Battier told reporters he's yet to really test the leg out though.

"How about a strong maybe?" Battier told reporters when asked about his status. "I'm going to try to practice tomorrow and see how it goes. It's progressing well. But with an injury like this, you don't really know where you are until you're in the heat of battle and you have to react and change directions, cut hard and stop hard. You can't simulate that in shooting drills on the side."

Obviously no huge rush for Miami as the player in front of Battier, LeBron James, can probably kind of handle things on his own. Battier was more of a depth addition to help defend other premier scorers for stretches and give LeBron a break. And there's even the potential for Erik Spoelstra to get creative, moving LeBron to defend point guards, Dwyane Wade on the 2 and Battier defending the wing. Which is going to be awesome.

Curry on the other hand is out because of a strained hip flexor he suffered early in training camp. Curry is on a one-year, non-guaranteed deal, but he's expected to make the final 15-man roster.

Battier wants to be 100 percent before joining his new team on the court, especially with the crammed 66-game season. There's no room for an injury to nag a player for an extended time.
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:51 am
Edited on: December 8, 2011 12:12 pm
 

Report: Eddy Curry to sign with Heat

Posted by Royce Young

The Miami Heat and Eddy Curry have had an odd on-again, off-again relationship over the past few months. After getting a couple workouts in Miami late last season, the Heat passed on the former lottery pick.

But finally, Curry will be taking his talents, or what he has left of those, to South Beach. According to HoopsWorld, Curry will sign a deal with the Heat Friday, presumably for a year.

Curry was close to signing with the Heat last season but his weight and shape were an issue. Curry spent all summer working out and getting in better shape to try and win a deal with the Heat. His trainer, Tim Grover, said in October that Curry was in "excellent shape" and that there was "no question" he would be ready to join a team once the lockout ended.

Curry "played" last season on the Knicks but was dumped to the Timberwolves to help facilitate the trade that brought Carmelo Anthony to New York. He was then bought out of the remainder of his contract by the Timberwolves. He didn't appear in a single game last season and has played just 10 games combined since the beginning of the 2008-2009 season. So... get excited Heat fans!

The Heat are in desperate need of big man help, especially if their flirtation with Samuel Dalembert falls through. Even still, their lineup of old big men is falling apart as Jamaal Magloire has already signed with Toronto and it's unlikely they'd bring back Erick Dampier and Juwan Howard. Dexter Pittman is already there and sort of an Eddy Curry himself, but the Heat are willing to take a stab in the dark with Curry's talent.

It's a low-risk move for the Heat and a dream come true for Curry who has the opportunity to totally reinvent himself while also making an impact on a contending team.

I'm rooting for Curry. I'm a big fan of redemption stories and knowing the talent Curry has, or maybe had, he could still be something in the NBA. We make fun of Isiah Thomas and his outlandish contract he gave Curry, but he saw something. It's just a matter of getting it out of him.
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Posted on: October 16, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Tim Grover: Eddy Curry's in 'excellent shape'

Posted by Royce Young

Eddy Curry dropped out of the star-studded charity game in Miami last week, which of course caused everyone to say, "Classic Eddy Curry." The gifted, yet often fat and unmotivated Curry has been trying to arouse interest in a lot of teams for a comeback, one being the Miami Heat who are looking for a big man.

So with Curry's latest disappointment, it was natural for everyone to assume that he just wasn't ready. Or something. Not the case, says world-class trainer Tim Grover. Via the Miami Herald:
Curry, who interests the Heat, is in “excellent shape” and “no question” ready to join an NBA team post-lockout, well-regarded Chicago-based trainer Tim Grover told us last week. Grover declined to give Curry’s weight, which was 300 in August, down from 350 in March.

Grover said he advised Curry not to play in the FIU charity game last weekend because “these are not games for big men.”

Grover's right: Those up and down games don't do big men any good. Especially ones that may or may not be over 300 pounds. But seriously, it was probably best for Curry to drop out of it, especially if he's not totally ready. He would've been huffing and puffing the whole time as LeBron, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade zoomed past him. He probably would've just been stuck in traction between the free throw lines.

I'm rooting for Curry though. I'm a big fan of redemption stories and knowing the talent Curry has, he could still be something in the NBA. We make fun of Isiah Thomas and his outlandish contract he gave Curry, but he saw something. It's just a matter of getting it out of him.

And if anyone can do it, it's Tim Grover. Maybe the Heat will go ahead and take the chance on him. They passed on the opportunity last season, but if Curry can prove he's still got a little something left, I'm sure Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra will be more than happy to take the chance.
Category: NBA
Posted on: September 23, 2011 1:29 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2011 3:11 pm
 

7 lost stories from canceled NBA preseason

Posted by Ben Golliver

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On Friday, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reported the dreadful news that we've all been fearing: the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have failed to reach a new Collective Bargaining Agreement in time, meaning training camp and portions of the preseason schedule have been indefinitely postponed and/or canceled.

Preseason is always a fun time of the NBA calendar, guaranteed to be chockfull of "Player X added 15 pounds of muscle" and "Lottery team Y finally seems poised for a playoff push" stories. Of course, no preseason means no preseason stories. No hype, no hope. More Adam Silver, more David Stern. What a bummer. 

So here's a rundown of seven stories you would have been reading had the NBA and the NBPA gotten their collective act together in time to save the schedule. These stories are lost everywhere, except for here.

1. Security Detains Eddy Curry Outside AmericanAirlines Arena

MIAMI -- It appears that Eddy Curry will not be joining the Miami Heat after all.

Following nearly a year of reports indicating that Curry had lost an NBA-record 468 pounds since he was released by the Minnesota Timberwolves at least year's trade deadline, the free agent center was forcibly removed from AmericanAirlines Arena property by a cadre of four security guards on Tuesday. The use of force was deemed necessary after direct requests to leave from Heat president Pat Riley and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra were not heeded. 

"We didn't want to do it but we really had no choice," said Joseph Watkins, the guard assigned to carry Curry's left leg. "I was just following orders."

"What can I say? I got my hopes up," Curry explained. "I kept reading over and over that Miami was interested in me and I thought I could help LeBron [James] win a ring finally. I thought they would change their mind if I showed I was determined. I guess they wanted to go a different direction."

After the trimmed-down center had been dragged to an auxiliary parking lot, Riley briefly asked a reporter who Curry was before returning to the Heat's training session, which was closed to the media. When practice broke, Spoelstra indicated that the defending Eastern Conference champions were comfortable with their center rotation of Joel Anthony, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Dexter Pittman, Juwan Howard, Chris Webber, and Bill Wennington, and are not in the market for another big man.

"We like our guys," Spoelstra said.

Curry told the Associated Press that he isn't sure when or where his next basketball opportunity will come but did indicate that he would like to have the plastic handcuffs removed from his wrists, or at least loosened, as soon as possible.

2. Bloody Prank Signals Rift Between Thunder Stars?

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- A severed head was discovered inside a backpack belonging to Kevin Durant on Friday.

The Thunder's All-Star forward pulled the ghoulish, plastic mask -- which bore an uncanny resemblance to coach Scottie Brooks and had been doused in ketchup to simulate the appearance of blood -- out of his signature carry-all following an evening workout. With a look of bewilderment, Durant tossed the mask into a nearby trash can before returning to the team's practice court to work on his free throw shooting.

"I'm just out here trying to get better," Durant said, shrugging off his unsettling discovery.

It's not yet known who placed the mask in Durant's backpack, although suspicion was immediately cast upon Russell Westbrook. The mercurial guard led the NBA in postseason technical fouls in 201, rarely passes the ball because he's so self-involved and sometimes has a "funny look" -- according to multiple teammates -- in his eyes. Center Kendrick Perkins apparently implicated Westbrook in the incident when he stormed out of the practice facility, repeatedly yelling the words, "I told y'all! I told y'all!" 

The incident raises anew the question of whether Oklahoma City's two All-Stars will be capable of coexisting as their careers and games develop.

"Halloween is Monday," Westbrook said, cryptically, before rushing a free-throw extended jump shot and completely hurdling teammate Eric Maynor to claim the offensive rebound.

Thunder president Sam Presti did not offer an alibi for himself, but what else is new?

3. Rivers: More Needed From Rondo For Green To Succeed

BOSTON -- Nine months after the most controversial trade in recent Boston Celtics history, coach Doc Rivers continued to defend forward Jeff Green from media criticism.

A lightly sprained ankle for starting center Jermaine O'Neal caused local sports talk radio hosts and callers to go into hysterics on Monday, rehashing the ill-fated swap that brought Green to Boston in exchange for starting center Kendrick Perkins, who was sent to Oklahoma City.

"Jeff is still getting acclimated, and [president] Danny [Ainge] and I still believe he will be a key piece for us," Rivers said.

During the portion of practice open to the media, Green dribbled the ball off of his foot, missed three three-pointers, was late on two defensive assignments and appeared to frustrate aging forward Kevin Garnett, who was seen shaking his head sadly rather than barking instructions like usual.

When pressed, Rivers said that the eventual solution to what he called Green's "learning curve issues" will have to come from All-Star starting point guard Rajon Rondo.

"Rondo gets him wide open jumpers, wide open lay-ups, makes 10 plays a game defensively, and he leads by example," Rivers said. "But I have eyes, you have eyes. You can see it. It's clearly not enough. We're looking for Rondo to keep leading and to do even more, to carry all of us. [But] especially Jeff."

Pausing for a moment, Rivers, to the surprise of the media present, chose to vividly underscore his previous point.

"I don't care if Rondo dislocates both of his elbows at the same time so his arms are hanging off of his body backwards, he will need to carry Jeff."

Asked to respond to Rivers' comments, Rondo stared ahead blankly, as always.

4. Greg Oden No-Shows At Day One Of Blazers Camp

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Once again, the gym is full of NBA players and hopefuls.  Once again, the biggest one among them is missing.

The Portland Trail Blazers opened training camp to the media for the first time on Monday, only to reveal that center Greg Oden, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, was nowhere to be found. Oden, who signed a 5-year, $70 million extension during the early-October free agency period, has played just 82 games in his 4-year NBA career and has rarely been available to the media since suffering his most recent in Nov. 2010.

Through a spokesperson, Blazers president Larry Miller refused to comment about Oden's status, leaving new GM Brandon Roy -- who was promoted to the position after Miller used the amnesty clause to rid the Blazers of the four years remaining on his contract -- to face the media scrutiny alone. Roy said the team would not rush its center back to the court, noting that Oden's recovery from microfracture knee surgery was still "on schedule," although he did not divulge further specifics.

Blazers coach Nate McMillan looked irritated by the questions. "I've got 18 guys here fighting hard to grab one of our roster spots, let's talk about them," McMillan said.

Mike Conley, Sr., Oden's agent, offered a possible explanation by email. "Rehabilitation has kept Greg off the court for almost a year. During that time, in addition to completing a multi-disciplinary strength and flexibility training program, Greg has worked hard on improving and honing his invisibility. I'm pleased to hear that his work has evidently paid off. How many 7-footers do you know that can literally disappear in the blink of an eye? We feel this will make him even more valuable in the years to come."

Oden's whereabouts are not currently known at this time. His status for Portland's season opener is also up in the air.

"We'll just have to see," said McMillan.

Or not.

5. Kings Guard Completes First Pass

SACRAMENTO -- Kings coach Paul Westphal couldn't help but beam. After all, he had just witnessed an important milestone for his young team.

"I've been preaching unselfishness and ball movement all week and it was great to finally see these guys take that message to heart and execute it," Westphal said, his shirt soaked with sweat.

After back-to-back-back two-a-day practices and a morning session that yielded no progress, Jimmer Fredette became the team's first guard to complete a pass during scrimmage play on Thursday night. Prior to the pass, Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton, John Salmons and free agent signing Jamal Crawford had each managed to take a shot, draw a foul or commit a turnover on all of their possessions. Meanwhile, rookie point guard Isaiah Thomas, arguably the team's best playmaker on paper, left the practice facility on Tuesday after being frozen out for 263 straight trips up the court and hasn't been heard from since. A team official assured CBSSports.com that the organization is "not alarmed."

Fredette's pass occurred when he inadvertently took the ball out of bounds following a made basket by Evans. Looking confused, and with no other option other than committing a five-second violation, Fredette reluctantly inbounded the ball to Thornton, who promptly dribbled coast-to-coast, only to have his running lay-up attempt swatted out of bounds by center DeMarcus Cousins. Westphal shouted encouragement -- "That's what I'm talking about!" -- and blew his whistle, briefly stopping practice to single out Fredette for praise.

"It was nothing, really," Fredette said, afterwards, looking a touch sheepish.

6. Adelman Closes Practices To Timberwolves Executives

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Two hours after a minor shouting match erupted between Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman and president David Kahn on Monday, the two men pledged publicly that they had put the matter behind them.

"Direct communication is integral to creating a winning atmosphere," Kahn told a group of reporters on Monday afternoon. "Rick and I exchanged ideas, as we often do, and we were able to come to a resolution that is amenable to both parties. We thank you for your interest but this matter has been resolved. We look forward to a successful year."

The dispute, two league sources said, began when Adelman chided Kahn for openly cheering for rookie point guard Ricky Rubio, while wearing a Rubio jersey, in front of the entire team. That exchange escalated when Adelman decided to play veteran Luke Ridnour with the starting unit, instead of Rubio, prompting Kahn to yell loudly, "Come on!" 

According to the sources, Adelman then threatened to quit on the spot, issuing a "you go or I go" ultimatum just weeks after formally accepting the position and signing a 4-year contract.

"This is my team and I make the coaching decisions," Adelman told reporters bluntly after practice. "That's it. Any other questions?"

The resolution, according to sources, will keep Kahn and other team executives off the practice court for the rest of training camp, although indications are that Kahn and Adelman have agreed to revisit the matter once the regular season begins.

Rubio, who competed for the Spanish national team at this summer's EuroBasket tournament, finished Monday's scrimmage with 0 points and two assists in 37 minutes.

7. Thibodeau Thanks Fans, Admits They Could Be Right

CHICAGO -- The Bulls held an intra-squad scrimmage at the United Center on Friday, allowing fans and season ticket holders the rare opportunity to watch the team go through its paces free of charge.

NBA MVP Derrick Rose drew the loudest cheers and the longest line of pre-game admirers, Luol Deng pledged $10,000 to charity at halftime, and new free agent signing J.R. Smith, who bought his own way out of a one-year contract he signed to play in China, autographed a diehard fan's neck with a tattoo gun. But the clear highlight of the festivities came when the NBA's reigning Coach of the Year, Tom Thibodeau, took a microphone at center court just before tipoff to thank Bulls fans for their loyal support during the team's run to the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals.

"You guys are the best fans in the league," Thibodeau said, to wild applause. "We hear you loud and clear every night. You give us a true home court advantage and we, all of us, from me to the players, appreciate it."

Seemingly overwhelmed by the extended standing ovation he received, Thibodeau shuffled quickly to the sideline before catching himself and returning to the microphone to offer a final thought.

"Just to let you know," the defensive mastermind continued, "We also hear you loud and clear about Carlos Boozer."

The simple mention of the power forward's name elicited instinctive and ravenous booing from the fans, who were in no mood to forgive Boozer's disappointing showing in the 2011 NBA Playoffs and the team's controversial decision not to use the Amnesty Clause to shed his massive contract during free agency.

"Yes, we've received thousands of letters, text messages, phone calls and emails. For the sanity of Illinois' hard-working postal workers, please stop sending them. We understand that you think he is soft, that he isn't good enough to be a No. 2 guy, and that he isn't clutch enough to put us over the top against Miami."

Here, the second-year head coach drew a breath and exhaled, the long, lonely nights in his office preparing schemes and reading the fan correspondence clearly weighing upon his heart.

"Look, you're probably right about all of it. But how the hell are we going to trade him?"

Boozer, who mysteriously broke his hand for the second consecutive offseason, was not medically cleared to play in the scrimmage and was not available to provide a statement. Nobody noticed or cared.

Posted on: August 29, 2011 9:34 am
 

Eddy Curry to play in Melo league exhibition

Matt Moore

Another, ahem, big name has joined the Team Melo vs. Goodman League exhibition scheduled for Tuesday, according to Hoopsworld. Alex Kennedy reports that Eddy Curry is set to join the superstar team of Chris Paul, LeBron James, and Carmelo Anthony, along with others. He'll be matched up against DeMarcus Cousins in what can only be described as an odd contrast at center. 

Curry has lost nearly 100 lbs. in the last six months after being traded from New York to Minnesota and then released as he works out with famed trainer Tim Grover. He's worked out for the Heat multiple times as they continue to look for viable options at center. Playing and spending time with James is a great way to cement that opportunity as getting James in his corner pretty much solidifies his chances at getting a contract. 

It's an odd addition, but it'll also provide fans with an idea of how far along Curry is with his conditioning and retraining of his body after losing all that weight. Matched up against shorter, but more bullish DeMarcus Cousins provides a good testing match. Meanwhile, he'll have as much help offensively as he can handle with Chris Paul, Anthony, and James. James is no longer a question as he confirmed to the AP he'll be playing.  With Kevin Durant also playing for Goodman alongside Brandon Jennings, this is a pretty loaded set of superstars on one floor, bigger even than the Goodman-Drew matchup earlier in August.

Now if only someone could drag Kobe down to this thing... 
Posted on: August 14, 2011 1:04 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Eddy Curry inches closer to Miami Heat deal?

Posted by Ben Gollivereddy-curry

Eddy Curry might not be as famous or beloved as the Queen of daytime television, but we've gotten to the point where we are giving the trials and tribulations of his weight loss battle the Oprah Winfrey treatment. Here we all stand on the sidelines cheering (or jeering) as Curry steps onto the scale, desperate to find fulfillment in the numbers staring back at him. 

The Miami Herald reports that the former Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks center continues to slim down and, after months of work, is approaching the target zone where the Miami Heat, the reigning Eastern Conference champions, might take a look. 
Center Eddy Curry is increasing his chances of generating serious interest from the Heat. Respected Chicago-based trainer Tim Grover said last week that since Curry’s workout with Miami in late June, he has lost another 28 pounds and is now at 300. Curry weighed 350 when he auditioned for Miami in March. Curry intrigues Pat Riley, who might offer him a minimum deal post-lockout if he loses another 12 pounds or so. His skills “are there, no question,” Grover said.
This is roughly the 397th time in the last six months we've heard about Curry's progress. Word first trickled out back in March, the signing rumors picked up in April, the Heat passed on him and then he went back for futher workouts in June and here we are. 

Curry spent last season on the Knicks but was dumped on the Minnesota Timberwolves to help facilitate the trade that brought Carmelo Anthony to New York. He was then bought out of the remainder of his contract by the Timberwolves. He hasn't appeared in a single game this season and has played just 10 games combined since the beginning of the 2008-2009 season.  

As he continues on his Biggest Loser conquest Curry is one of the potential biggest winners of the lockout, considering that any delay in the league's schedule only gives him more time to achieve his target weight prior to the start of training camp.

Miami has Joel Anthony, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Dexter Pittman on the books for next season and a trio of last year's big men -- Erick Dampier, Jamaal Magloire and Juwan Howard -- all saw their contract expire. In other words, there's clearly room for multiple incoming big men, even one with a really troubled past and especially one willing to settle for the veteran's minimum.

Curry wouldn't just be settling. At this point he would be ecstatic to get another NBA pay check. Cue the neon sign instructing the audience to chant, "12 more pounds! 12 more pounds!"
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