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Eddy Curry loves New York

Time to worry about Curry?

Time to worry about Curry?

Now Eddy Curry hasn’t played much basketball this season (2 minutes, 38 seconds), but working in New York must have its perks. Fine dining establishments, front row seats to Knicks games and your own driver taking care of ‘all’ your needs. Coach D’Antoni hinted at the big fellas knee injuries and how they could be stemming from his tub of flub. With the Knicks running an up tempo offensive system, Curry needs to be in strong game shape and form in order to fit into this offense. He’s currently overweight and not dropping too many pounds anytime soon. Curry was set be the enforcer for the Knicks, but with the knee injury has not been able to contribute. Tyson Chandler had this to say about his friend “Maybe his opportunity will come elsewhere. There are so many teams in this league, especially in the East, where they bang and grind. There is a place for big guys that score on the block.” Knicks have been rumored to be offering Curry in trade talks.

The weight problems aren’t the only issues in Eddy’s New York state of mind. Former driver, David Kuchinsky presented a sexual harassment suit against the Knick center. He claims that Curry tried to solicit gay sex from him. Kuchinsky also claims Curry approached him in the nude saying “Look at me, Dave, look” and “Come and touch it, Dave.” He also claims he was ordered “out of the scope of his employment” to remove and wash Eddy’s dirty tag rags.

It doesn’t end here. Kuchinsky, both straight and Jewish, claims racial discrimination saying Curry threw racial slurs at him including “f—ing Jew,” “cracker,” “white slave,” “white devil” and “grandmaster of the KKK.” He also says Curry allegedly pointed a gun at him on two separate occasions, showing him a bullet present in the chamber. A groggy Isiah Thomas would then limp in calling Kuchinsky a “b*tch” and yank the gold chain from Kuchinsky’s neck. He would then offer it in a trade for two twinkies and a slim Jim to the pawn shop down the street. (Isiah comments are only harsh rumors)

He was hired as his full-time chauffeur but eventually became his errand boy and a character for abuse. Kuchinsky says he is owed $68,000 in unpaid wages, as well as $25,000 in expenses for which Curry never repaid him.
Curry’s lawyer, Kelly Saindon, denied all of allegations, calling them “absolutely untrue,” and saying Kuchinsky began making a series of claims for unpaid wages several months ago, upping the ante each time. Curry refused to comment before last night’s game.

From fat boy to frat boy!

RaginRondo

January 13, 2009 Posted by | NBA | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Starbury Victimized by Cockitis

It’s interesting how some athletes think they run the NBA because of their limelight and “star” or “fan” power. They become victims of Cockitis and eventually have to drop the –itis because of the public’s new persona of them. What is Cockitis you ask? Cockitis is a mental and emotional disease that causes you to believe your talent and power is far superior than it really is.

Starbury

Starbury

A great example of someone victimized by this is Stephon Marbury, or Starbury. Stephon was recently quoted in an interview saying “I’m still earning my check by doing nothing”. Putting the quote back into context, Stephon was speaking about his current situation with the New York Knicks.

Stephon and the Knicks have been in disagreement about his role as a team player. I’m not sure what the exact dispute is, but Stephon isn’t satisfied with his $21 million contract. That’s right – $21 million, and he’s not satisfied. He refused to play in two games this season and has since been docked from attending and playing at future games and practices until the dispute has been figured out – Though somehow he is still getting paid.

Knicks’ president Donnie Walsh tried speaking with Stephen about his contract, but he left in less than a half-hour because he wasn’t pleased with what he heard. These are just a few indications that Stephon has Cockitis.

The situation took a turn when Stephon attended the Knicks vs. Lakers game in Los Angeles, without permission. Apparently he didn’t violate Walsh’s request because he was a “paid fan”. What I don’t understand is Walsh didn’t want him there, D’Antoni didn’t want him there, the players didn’t want him there…Then why the f*ck was he there? Especially when he walked out on the Knicks because he didn’t like what he heard – That is typical Cockitis behavior.

To counter critics, Stephon stated he’d been training in Los Angeles and speaking with other teams. Hmmm – It better be a coincidence that he’s speaking with “other” teams while working out in LA, because I don’t think the Lakers need him on their roster. The Clippers on the other hand…

All I know is Cockitis is getting to his head more than that ugly Starbury imprint. Who’s he think he is, Mike Tyson with a wack @$$ face tat…? This just makes me not want to purchase anymore CHEAP Starbury gear at Steve & Barry’s. Well, that and the fact that Steve & Barry’s is going out of business.

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 18, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Phoenix Suns Hollar at Mike D’Antoni

Mike DAntoni

Mike D'Antoni

New York Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni recently visited the Phoenix Suns in an emotionally charged game for both him and the city of Phoenix. D’Antoni was the head coach for the Suns for four seasons before abruptly leaving them after a philosophical dispute with General Manager Steve Kerr – Does anyone know what this was about?

Though D’Antoni left on an awkward note, his love for the fans and vice-versa remained in the arena. It was the first time Phoenix fans were able to cheer for and say goodbye to Mike D’Antoni properly. The Suns clinched the victory in the end and gave D’Antoni something to think about. Or did they? With all the changes being made on Phoenix, I’m not sure if D’Antoni cares to think about them much.

  • Terry Porter has taken over as head coach
  • Jason Richardson has replaced both Raja Bell and Boris Diaw
  • Steve Nash is still pissed about the trade and feels traded
  • Shaquille O’Neal is the BIG engine that couldn’t

With all this and more going on – The Suns can’t compete on the level the Celtics, Lakers and Cavs can. I love watching the Suns…Or did for the last few seasons. But their game has slowed down and so has their ability to make it through the playoffs. They do great during regular seasons, but then choke when it counts.

On a purely business standpoint, D’Antoni shouldn’t go back to the Suns. There would have to be serious changes made before he considered it.

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 17, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Knicks’ Mobley Forcefully Retires

Cuttino Mobley

Cuttino Mobley

Trades in the NBA usually benefit franchises and excel players’ careers. However a recent trade between the Los Angeles Clippers and the New York Knicks has ultimately saved one shooting guard’s life. If it wasn’t for rigorous physical exams by the Knicks, Cuttino Mobley wouldn’t have known he was a victim of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – A critical heart disease.

Though Mobley knew there was some irregularity with his heart, an additional MRI exam and several specialists convinced him that his heart had worsened. In fact, if he continued to play the condition would constantly cause the heart muscle to thicken and make it difficult for the heart to pump blood.

It’s a bittersweet moment for Mobley, because though he’s learned about his condition he is giving up the one thing that got him out of the bed everyday…Basketball. He was set to start as the Knicks’ shooting guard and improve their roster. He will now have to watch from the sidelines with his 8-year old son.

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 11, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Brothers in the NBA?

I once read that there are more than 375,000 Varsity level high school basketball players in any given year, of which, less than 600 are offered scholarships to play Division I basketball. One could only imagine the rarity of a proud parent, being able to watch their child beat the odds and land a lucrative NBA contract. How about more than one?

Since Dr. James Naismith started throwing a round ball into the peach basket, we could look back and literally count the number of brother tandems to have played in the NBA on our fingers & toes…at least those worth mentioning. I have compiled a list of the Top10 brother tandems in NBA History:

Mr. Basketball

Mr. Basketball

10. George & Ed Mikan: Before there was Wilt or Shaq, there was George, who brought the Laker franchise there very first NBA championship. Little brother Ed, pitched in a modest 6.7 PPG and 5.5 REB over 300 or so games.

9. Jim & John Paxson: We all remember John Paxson draining a 3 to beat Phoenix in the closing seconds of the ’93 championship, but did you know older brother Jim had more than double the career points amassing over 11,000 with Portland & Boston?

8. Brent & Mark Price: Too small, too slow & too deliberate, Mark ended his career as the greatest Free-Throw shooter in NBA history. Brent, not nearly the success, had one fine 10.0 PPG and 5.1 AST season with Washington.

7. Jon, Brent & Drew Barry: The only trio of brothers to make the list, none could match the success of Father Rick’s, but all managed to have enough success to make the list. Brent was the first, and still only, “white guy” to win the NBA slam-dunk championship

6. Albert & Bernard King: Bernard established himself early as one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history by shattering all NJ Nets records in his rookie year. With a quick release jumper, Bernard holds the torch in the King family, although Albert threw in 12.1 a game over 9 seasons.

5. Chuck & Wesley Person: The Person combo drained a combined 2370 3-Pointers over the tenure in the NBA, led by The Rifleman, Chuck.

4. Horace & Harvey Grant: By raw stats, this duo may be high on the list, but with Ho’ Grant’s 6 NBA Finals appearances, 4 Rings, and 4 All-NBA Defensive accolades, coupled with Harvey’s modest run of 3 18+ PPG seasons with Washington, they are well-deserving of the 4 spot.

3. Dick & Tom Van Arsdale: Never heard of them? Well, having dominated this list in scoring (except for #1 of course) , Dick & Tom knocked down a combined 29,311 points over there combined careers.

Human Highlight Film

Human Highlight Film

2. Gus & Ray Williams: Although my heart wants to put Gus, and his 1979-1980 championship ring from my ex-Seattle Supersonics at #1, Little brother Ray had an all too short run of success with the NY Knickerbockers.

1. Dominique & Gerald Wilkins: Who could argue, the “Human Highlight Film” and little brother Gerald. 38,404 combined points makes Mom & Dad Wilkins the NBA’s all-time leaders in points scored by their sons. (Sorry Mr. and Mrs. Alcindor, 38,387)

Honorable Mention: Calvin & Kenny Natt, George & Derrick Gervin, Purvis & Eugene Short, Rodney & Scooter McCray, Charles & Ed O’Bannon, and Brooke & Robin Lopez.

December 4, 2008 Posted by | NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Knicks Lead the NBA

It’s no surprise that the New York Knickerbockers, also known to the un-savvy as the Knicks, have been crowned the most valuable team in the NBA for the fourth straight year. The Knicks are worth $613 million, close to $35 million above its second place followers, The Los Angeles Lakers. Both teams are a given to me solely because of their history and demographic market size.

However two teams that showed the most value change are the Portland Trail Blazers, worth $307 million and the defending champs, the Boston Celtics, worth $447 million. You would think that with Paul Allen as your owner, you’d have a higher net worth. I guess Oden is making a bigger impact than Allen ever will. And what about the Celtics? With so many rings that you need four hands to put them all on, the Celtics have fallen to the likes of the Cavs, who rank fifth and are worth $477 million.

Any guesses who third and fourth are?

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

New York Knics

New York Knics

December 4, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment