The Dallas Mavericks’ decision to pick up Eddy Curry was understandable. Despite all of the jokes and ridicule that he is constantly the subject of, Curry is still seven feet tall and strong in a league that puts a premium on both traits.
It was clear that Dallas wasn’t expecting Curry to return to his 2006-07 totals, the team just needed a backup center and he happened to fit the bill. (As hard as it is to believe, he is still only 29.)
What nobody saw coming, however, was Curry starting opposite Dwight Howard in the Mavericks’ season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers. And yet, against all odds, it is beginning to look like that is the most likely scenario. As reported by Dallas News:
Chris Kaman still wasn’t able to scrimmage Sunday and it looks unlikely that he’ll be able to play against the Lakers.
“There was a sighting. It was brief,’’ said coach Rick Carlisle of what Kaman could do in practice. “He got through some of the shooting and 5-on-0 work. But he’s not there yet.’’
Carlisle said Kaman was likely to travel with the team for the opening two-game trip but couldn’t add a definite to that statement.
Meanwhile, Brandan Wright was able to practice after tweaking his left ankle last week, and probable starting forward Jae Crowder also went through full drills after a hamstring scare in Friday’s preseason finale.
Which leaves Curry – the guy who averaged three points and one rebound in 14 games alongside the best player in the NBA right now. Needless to say, he will probably have a little less room to operate on a Mavericks squad whose No. 1 option (sans the injured Dirk Nowitzki) is O.J. Mayo.
Stay tuned, this promises to be an interesting week.
(Kudos Dallas News)