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"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

They say there are three sides to every story.

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.

White Sox Fever is catching on at the Grandstand souvenir store near U.S. Cellular Field.

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.


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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Is this about a contract or a lack of compassion?

Is this about life or basketball?

Is this about all of the above?

Most sign-and-trades in professional sports don't end up with columnists across the country writing 800-word op-eds on personal morality and professional morals. Sports aren't that serious.

Yet people who wouldn't know Eddy Curry if he spilled a drink on them at 40/40 in NYC, all of a sudden knew his story.

They knew that this was about more than basketball. They knew something was wrong.

In the middle of a kid signing a contract between two NBA teams was the right to know what was the right thing to do with not only his career, but his life.


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