(BlackDoctor.org) — The New York Knicks’ loss to the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 17, 2009, wasn’t a memorable one for the franchise in another lost season. But for Eddy Curry it holds significance.
It was the last time he played in an NBA game until 2012.
Curry had been sidelined for more than two years with weight and conditioning problems that, at their worst, pushed the 6-foot-10 center to close to 400 pounds. Now with the Miami Heat and weighing a “svelte” 295, Curry made his long-awaited return to the court in Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers. He totaled six points and three rebounds in six minutes.
“It was humbling, I guess, sitting back not playing, wanting to be there for one reason or another and not being able to be out there,” Curry said recently. “I look at it as a second chance and an opportunity to right this ship.”
Curry showed signs of living up to his potential as the No. 4 overall pick of the 2001 draft, averaging 19.5 points and seven rebounds for the Knicks in 81 games during the 2006-07 season. As his weight increased, his production – and minutes – dropped. He’s appeared in just 10 games the past four seasons, including none last season. The Minnesota Timberwolves waived Curry after acquiring him in the three-team Carmelo Anthony trade.
In desperate need of help to resume his career, Curry returned to his hometown of Chicago to work with trainer Tim Grover. The Heat became intrigued last March and brought Curry to Miami for a workout, but he still weighed close to 350. After the lockout ended, he signed a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal paying him $1.3 million for this season.