By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Curry And Frye Add Spice And Sizzle To Knicks
NEW YORK – They’re both 22 years-old, rich and stand 6-foot-11 inches tall with a myriad of skills that you simply cannot teach. One came from the rough and rugged streets of Chicago and bolted for the NBA straight out of high school. The other was born in Brooklyn, NY, lived in Vermont and was raised in Arizona. One is a 285 pound bruiser and does most his scoring damage on the inside blocks. The other is a 240 pounder with a sweet shooting touch reminiscent of former Knick great and Hall of Famer, Patrick Ewing. The subjects involved are starting center Eddy Curry and rookie power forward Channing Frye respectively.
From the frontline standpoint the Knicks’ future seems to be very bright. For the first time in a very long time the front line of the Knicks feature behemoths instead of shrimps that were undersized in every front court position. One can criticize Knicks President and General Manager Isaiah Thomas for the many moves he’s made in the two plus years that he’s been at the helm. But, if one has eyes to see the Knicks are clearly much more talented and exciting than they were when he first arrived. And now that Thomas has been able to snag arguably the best coach in basketball, Larry Brown, the Knicks can be in business for a very very long time.
Curry who has been foul prone early on to say the least has the potential to become Shaq-like if he will learn how to defensive rebound better. Offensive rebounds and put-backs are a thing of beauty for Curry. His back to the basket game is something that the Knicks have lacked since ole number ‘33’ left for Seattle several years ago. And once Curry learns to take care of his body during the off seasons to ensure that his stamina and conditioning are optimal, he will be awesome.
Frye who spent four years at Arizona isn’t as ‘soft’ as he was touted to be by the so called draft experts. Frye’s Summer League stint with the Knicks wasn’t anything to write home about with his fouling 10 times in one game. Thank goodness there was no fouling out rule in Summer League play. But, that goes to show the summer’s count but in the grand scheme of things, they amount to very little in the way of the actual NBA season.
Together and separate, Curry and Frye with the inside-outside games respectively will wreck havoc for years to come. They’re both extremely coachable and eager to learn. Their shot blocking ability, length and girth will protect the paint for the Boys of Gotham for many years as they learn to play off of and feed off of each other.
They will be fun to watch and grow on and off the court as 22 year olds in the Big City working for a big time organization.
Game Notes: Marbury and cousin Sebastian Telfair both led their respective teams with 27 points. The Knicks won the game, 103-92. Rookie Channing Frye scored 20 points for the third straight time; a feat that hasn’t been done since 1986 when guard Gerald Wilkins was a rookie.