Report Card For Centers
Again I will try my best to be unbiased.
Eddy- He's a big man with a big ego, which is not a bad thing. It just has to be channeled correctly. I give Isiah credit, he gambled on him and it looks like he won. He was also able to get through to him with he help of Mark Aguirre. You could see improvement all year in every facet of his game. It seemed like every few games he would make some strides towards becoming a dominate center. He has come a long way. The key for him is in conditioning, he must stay in shape this off season. Curry is a rare type of player, he has the bulk and size yet is coordinated and has amazing quickness. He has come a long way especially on the offensive side. He also has improved on his rebounding and defense. He went from no D to some D. He also averaged 7 rebounds a game with his 19+ points. Considering this was the first year he started and played that many minutes a game I feel that's amazing progress. He showed a jump shot towards the end and even hit a 3 to send a game into overtime. Curry just needs to keep on working on his game. I don't think he will ever be a great free throw shooter but most bigmen aren't. The biggest thing he has to work on is his defense and that will be a work in progress, you will see it evolve during next season. He will also never be a shot blocker but I would like to see at least one or two per game, the league average is 1 block a game. I would like to see him with at least 1.5 per game. I would also like to see him with a 9-10 rebound average and hit the 20 point a game average. Those stats are doable with his ability. It's all about learning the game and how to focus on the court to get those techniques needed to be a good defender, he needs savvy like Malik Rose has. He's still a bit of a big baby, but he has matured a lot and is a young man who is just getting into understanding his potential and what he has to do to reach it. He wants to win and be successful, that's obvious and I believe he will bring a championship to New York within the next few years. He suffered from not going to college and not being disciplined about himself. He has to mature as a man. Not going to college was a mistake, I don't know what happened with him and the Bulls but it wasn't good. He wasted his first 4 years in the league. Did they bother trying to work with this guy?
Jerome- Wow, this guy is big and has a lot of athleticism. But he belongs on the Harlem Globetrotters because he is a clown. His team mates love him because he's a funny, a real fun guy. I think he's an embarrassment to the uniform and the NBA. Is he stupid or just lazy or he made his money and doesn't care, I don't know and I don't care. He's probably a nice person but I do not want him on my team. He is one of the most clueless players I have ever seen. Sometimes it looks like he thinks he's a guard, other times he thinks he has a low post game. In reality he has nothing. The Knicks will never be a winner with him on the roster, he must go!!!!!!!!!!
Cato- Who?......were has this guy been. It has skills and could play. He should have been the #1 backup to Curry. When he did play he did OK. I think it was Isiah playing contracts not players. I hope he stays with the team and gets some minutes next season until and if Morris turns out to be the real deal. Unless I'm wrong and he can't play anymore. I really don't know.
Morris- I think Isiah pulled one off on the other NBA teams. This guy has the body and he seems to have the intangibles that you can't measure. He looks comfortable on the court and instinctively knows were to be. He's very raw but has desire and that's an important factor. If he works as hard as Curry has he might end up being a really great player for us. We have a lot of good bigmen now, they just need time playing together and developing their skills.
In conclusion I think once James is gone and we have time working with Curry and Morris they might turn into a real headache for other teams playing us. When Curry sits there will be no let up when Morris comes in. That will give Curry a little more leeway defensively, not worry as much if he gets into foul problems. Right now if Curry gets into foul trouble we have nobody to come in and take up the slack. Morris might give us that, how many teams have that kind of 1-2 punch in the middle? Not many and the only team that comes close is the Heat with Mourning and Shaq. No, I am not saying Curry and Morris are as good or will ever be as good, they are both hall of fame players. I'm saying if they reach close to their potential they will be close enough and a great tandem. Shaq and Mourning are at the end of their careers, Curry and Morris are at the beginning, it will be fun to watch these guys.