"I've taken a beating from a lot of people saying I was wrong to requesting that [DNA test]. But I don't think I was. In my heart, I would never put anyone in jeopardy. If this was a child of mine, I would have done the same thing."
-- John Paxson, Chicago Bulls GM
Rarely are all three the truth.In the case of the Eddy Curry trade to New York, there is the Bulls' side, the Knicks' side and Curry's side. The truth? Somewhere inside all three. He left the crilla with a chip on both shoulders. Mad at the world for the hand he was dealt, mad at God for forcing the world's hand. He had finally met the expectations the basketball world put on him four years ago. He had finally reached the point where people could see what Shaq saw when he claimed, "Eddy Curry is the best big man in the East" a year before Diesel came East. He had us almost believing. Then his heart skipped a beat. Then another one. And all of a sudden, right when the Bulls were in the spotlight again for the first time in the NBAAJ Era, he disappeared. Wasn't there.
Every playoff game they lost, his disappearance became more visible; with every playoff game lost, we could see something was wrong.As most players do, Eddy Curry played his best basketball in a contract year. But this was the worst thing that could happen. The arrhythmia that's not normal. That's bad enough. To discover you have a heart problem -- literally, not figuratively -- at the end of a contract year that's beyond not normal. That's "Damn, I'm screwed." But now everything is cool, right? EC2 will wear LJ2's old jersey and make it look better. Make the Knicks look better. Make Isiah look better. Maybe. The problem: No answers. No one actually knows what went wrong or why. Then again, someone might know something, but they ain't talking. Which, under the circumstances, is justified. Eddy Curry's lawyer, Alan Milstein, said a few weeks ago, when the news broke that the Bulls wanted a DNA test taken before they structured a contract for him, that "this is far bigger than just the sports world." Nothing in all three sides of this story is more true than that.
Is this about risk or reward?
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