Eddy Curry

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Eddy Curry
Eddy Curry in Jan 2007.jpg
Curry in January 2007 with the New York Knicks
Free Agent
Center
Personal information
Born (1982-12-05) December 5, 1982 (age 31)
Harvey, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 295 lb (134 kg)
Career information
High school Thornwood
(South Holland, Illinois)
NBA draft 2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Pro playing career 2001–present
Career history
20012005 Chicago Bulls
20052010 New York Knicks
2011–2012 Miami Heat
2012 Dallas Mavericks
2012–2013 Zhejiang Golden Bulls (China)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Eddy Anthony Curry, Jr. (born December 5, 1982)[1] is an American professional basketball center. A former NBA player, Curry is listed at 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) and 295 lb (134 kg), and has an wingspan of 7 ft 6 12 in (2.299 m).[1] Directly out of Thornwood High School in South Holland, Illinois, Curry was selected fourth overall in the 2001 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. Curry played for the Bulls until 2005, then played for the New York Knicks from 2005 to 2010. Curry played for the Miami Heat in the 2011–12 season and was part of the Heat's 2012 championship team. Curry played for the Dallas Mavericks for the early part of the 2012–13 season before playing for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Basketball career[edit]

High school[edit]

Prior to becoming considered one of the best high school basketball players in the nation as a senior at Thornwood High School in South Holland, Illinois, Curry aspired to be a gymnast[2] and did not pick up basketball until the seventh grade when he reluctantly went out for the school team. In 2001, Curry led his team to second place in the IHSA State Playoffs. For his efforts, Curry was named 2001 Illinois Mr. Basketball. He was named to the 1998, 1999 and 2000 State Farm Holiday Classic all-tournament teams, and in 2003 was named by the fans to the tournament's All-Quarter Century Team.

NBA Draft[edit]

Curry had signed a letter of intent to play at DePaul University but declared himself eligible for the 2001 NBA Draft in which the Chicago Bulls made him the fourth overall pick.

Professional career[edit]

Curry's contribution was limited during his rookie year due to limited minutes. Curry improved in his second year, leading the NBA in field goal percentage (58.5%) and becoming the first Bull to lead the league in a major statistical category since Michael Jordan in 1998. In the 2004–05 season the Bulls improved by 28 wins and made the playoffs as the 22-year-old Curry led the team in scoring before being hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat. This caused him to miss the last 13 games of the regular season and the entire playoffs. On June 24, 2005, heart specialists cleared Curry to resume practice.

Curry attempts a shot in a January 2007 game against the Washington Wizards.

On October 3, 2005, after refusing on privacy grounds to submit to a DNA test, as requested by Bulls management, to assess whether he has a congenital heart condition, Curry was traded to the New York Knicks. The trade included the Bulls' Antonio Davis, as well as the Knicks' Mike Sweetney, Tim Thomas, and Jermaine Jackson.[3] First-round draft picks were also exchanged in the trade—which later came back to haunt the Knicks as they had a poor 2005–06 season in which Curry averaged 13.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game (numbers that were significantly down from the previous season). Curry's inability to defend and rebound was a source of frustration for former coaches Scott Skiles and Larry Brown. When asked by a reporter in 2003 what Curry needed to do to become a better rebounder, Skiles simply replied: "Jump."[4] The 2006–07 season saw a resurgence in Curry's performance under new coach Isiah Thomas, with Curry anointed the team's primary offensive option, averaging career highs in points (19.6), rebounds (7.1), and minutes (34.9) per game. On April 7, 2007 Curry scored a career-best 43 points in an overtime win over the Milwaukee Bucks; his first three-pointer of the season forcing the game into the extra period.[5] Curry is 2 for 2 (100%) from three-point range in his NBA career.[5] In the 2007–2008 season, Curry was expected to form a great frontcourt with Zach Randolph, however both of them saw a regression in their games. Curry showed up to training camp in October 2008 out of shape for the second year in a row, incensing new head coach Mike D'Antoni. Curry not only lost his job, but was not even in D'Antoni's rotation at the beginning of the 2008–2009 season. Curry was also bothered by a sore right knee for much of the season. Curry played his first game of the season on January 8, 2009 against the Dallas Mavericks and played in two other games later in the season. During the 2009 off-season Curry began working with a trainer on a fitness and weight-loss regimen. As of mid-July he had lost 30 pounds, but according to the trainer it would be "delusional" for coaches to think he could get down to his listed weight of 285 pounds.[6]

On February 22, 2011, Curry was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a three-way blockbuster deal which also involved Denver Nuggets that brought Carmelo Anthony to New York.[7] On March 1, 2011, his contract was bought out by the Timberwolves[8] before he played a single game for them, making him a free agent.

On December 10, 2011, Curry signed a one year contract with the Miami Heat.[9] On January 19, 2012, a noticeably-slimmer Curry played in the NBA for the first time since 2009, against the Los Angeles Lakers. He had lost nearly 70 pounds since he last played in the NBA, and scored six points in six minutes in his return to the NBA.[10] As a part of the Heat's 2011-2012 championship team, Curry played 83 minutes[11] in 14 games (starting one), and was active for (but did not play in) one game during the playoffs.[12]

In October 2012, Curry signed with the San Antonio Spurs.[13] However, he did not make the team's final roster.[14] He was then claimed off waivers by the Dallas Mavericks.[15] He played two games for Dallas before being waived to make room for Troy Murphy; the Mavericks wanted a power forward with outside shooting ability instead of a traditional center.[16]

In December 2012, Curry signed with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls in China, replacing Josh Boone.[17] Curry played in 29 games and averaged 23.0 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 0.9 assists per game.[18] Curry played his last game with Zhejiang on February 27, 2013,[18] as he missed the last two playoff games due to gastroenteritis.[19]

Cardiac problems[edit]

Several prominent cardiologists cleared Curry to play,[20][21] but Barry Maron, a world-renowned specialist in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, suggested a DNA test.[22] During the team's media day, Bulls General Manager John Paxson said he understood the privacy issues involved but insisted the Bulls did not have an ulterior motive, that their concern was a situation similar to those of former Boston Celtics guard Reggie Lewis or Loyola Marymount star Hank Gathers—players with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy who collapsed and died—and that the Bulls had offered Curry an annuity of $400,000 per year for 50 years if he took and failed the genetic test.[23] Curry never took the test and ultimately continued his career based on the clearances from other experts.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Curry is married and has seven children, one from a previous marriage (Eddy III), and four with current his wife. Curry's other two children were with former girlfriend Nova Henry. Curry has primary custody of another child.[25]

Alleged sexual harassment[edit]

On January 12, 2009, Curry was sued by his former chauffeur, David Kuchinsky. Kuchinsky accused Curry of trying to solicit sex from him. According to court papers, Curry repeatedly approached Kuchinsky "in the nude," saying, "Look at me, Dave, look" and, "Come and touch it, Dave." The Manhattan federal court suit also stated that Curry made Kuchinsky perform "humiliating tasks outside the scope of his employment, such as cleaning up and removing dirty towels [into which Curry had ejaculated] so that his wife would not see them." Kuchinsky also said Curry called him racial slurs, including "f***ing Jew," "cracker," "white slave," "white devil" and "grandmaster of the KKK".[26]

Kuchinsky claimed Curry owed him $68,000 in unpaid wages, as well as $25,000 in expenses which Curry never repaid. Those expenses, he said, included cellphones that Curry had him buy as gifts and hotel and club bills.[27] Curry's lawyer, Kelly A. Saindon, called Kuchinsky's claims "preposterous" and "extortion".[28] Federal judge Denise Cote dismissed the lawsuit on May 28, 2009 and sent it to arbitration.[29]

Daughter's and ex-girlfriend's murders[edit]

Curry's ex-girlfriend, Nova Henry, and their ten-month-old daughter Ava were found murdered in Chicago on January 25, 2009. A paternity test proved that Ava was the daughter of Curry and Henry. Their three-year old son Nathan was found unharmed at the scene.[30] Two counts of first degree murder were brought against 36-year-old attorney Frederick Goings on February 22, 2009;[31] Goings had served as Henry's attorney in a custody case against Curry involving Ava, and was allegedly involved in a relationship with Henry.[32] Goings was convicted of all charges against him on February 13, 2013.[33]

Foreclosure[edit]

As of June 2009, Curry's Chicago home was in foreclosure; he owed close to $220,000 in mortgage payments. Curry took out a nearly $4 million mortgage on the property in 2006, which included monthly house payments of more than $25,000.[34]

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

High school[edit]

  • USA Today First Team All-American
  • PARADE High School Player of the Year
  • Earned Illinois Mr. Basketball honors
  • MVP of the McDonald's All-American game after scoring 28 points with 8 rebounds and 4 blocked shots in leading the West to a 131–125 victory
  • Led Thornwood High School to the Illinois State Championship game, averaging 22.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 6.0 blocked shots, shooting .640 from the floor, including 25.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in the state tournament. Averaged 24.6 points and 11.2 rebounds, along with 4.8 blocks, as a junior.
  • Was selected to the State Farm Holiday Classic all-tournament team in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

NBA[edit]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2001–02 Chicago 72 31 16.0 .501 .000 .656 3.8 .3 .2 .7 6.7
2002–03 Chicago 81 48 19.4 .585 .000 .624 4.4 .5 .2 .8 10.5
2003–04 Chicago 73 63 29.5 .496 1.000 .671 6.2 .9 .3 1.1 14.7
2004–05 Chicago 63 60 28.7 .538 .000 .720 5.4 .6 .3 .9 16.1
2005–06 New York 72 69 25.9 .563 .000 .632 6.0 .3 .4 .8 13.6
2006–07 New York 81 81 35.2 .576 1.000 .615 7.0 .8 .4 .5 19.5
2007–08 New York 59 58 25.9 .546 .000 .623 4.7 .5 .2 .5 13.2
2008–09 New York 3 0 4.0 1.000 .000 .333 1.3 .0 .0 .0 1.7
2009–10 New York 7 0 8.9 .381 .000 .588 1.9 .0 .0 .1 3.7
2011–12 Miami 14 1 5.9 .462 .000 .750 .9 .1 .0 .1 2.1
2012–13 Dallas 2 0 12.5 .500 .000 .250 2.0 .0 .0 .0 4.5
Career 527 411 24.9 .545 1.000 .642 5.2 .5 .3 .7 12.9

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Eddy Curry Bio". Miami Heat. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ Heart of the Eddy Curry matter
  3. ^ Bulls Re-Sign Curry, Complete Sign-and-Trade with Knicks, National Basketball Association, accessed January 14, 2009.
  4. ^ New York Sports – NY Daily News, New York Daily News, accessed January 14, 2009.
  5. ^ a b Curry nets 43, grabs 13 boards and forces OT with 3-pointer, ESPN, April 8, 2007, accessed January 14, 2009.
  6. ^ Alan Hahn, Trainer: Don't expect Curry to slim down to 285, July 13, 2009
  7. ^ "Wolves Acquire Anthony Randolph". NBA.com. 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  8. ^ "Wolves buy out center Eddy Curry", Associated Press at ESPN.com, March 2, 2011.
  9. ^ "HEAT Signs Eddy Curry". NBA.com. 2011-12-10. Retrieved 2012-01-20. 
  10. ^ Dan LeBatard, "Miami Heat’s Eddy Curry back in shape with help from Dwyane Wade, LeBron James", Miami Herald, January 22, 2012.
  11. ^ Ethan J. Skolnick, "Eddy Curry anxiously awaits the summer", Palm Beach Post, June 14, 2012.
  12. ^ Ira Winderman, "Eddy Curry on active roster Thursday, does not play", South Florida Sun Sentinel, May 25, 2012.
  13. ^ Spurs Add Two To Training Camp Roster
  14. ^ Spurs Waive Derrick Brown and Eddy Curry
  15. ^ Dallas Mavericks sign center Eddy Curry via waiver claim
  16. ^ Tim MacMahon (November 2, 2012). "Mavs make Troy Murphy, Eddy Curry moves official". ESPN. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  17. ^ Zhejiang Chouzhou replaces Josh Boone with Eddy Curry
  18. ^ a b http://basketball.asia-basket.com/player/Eddy_Curry/China/Zhejiang_Chouzhou_Bank/32655
  19. ^ "埃迪-科里患肠胃炎,浙江单外援出战季后赛" (in Chinese). Hupu.com. February 28, 2013. Retrieved December 27, 2013. 
  20. ^ Frank Isola, "Convinced heart is fine, Curry embraces Knicks", New York Daily News, October 30, 2005.
  21. ^ Kathryn Kranhold and Kevin Helliker, "Why Heart Trouble Doesn't Sideline Some Athletes: Dr. Cannom Helps Players Benched by Their Schools; Defibrillators and Testing Drawing the Line at Football", The Wall Street Journal, July 25, 2006
  22. ^ Medical News: Full Court Press on Hoop Star Curry to Get DNA Testing – in Cardiovascular, Arrhythmias from MedPage Today, MedPage Today, accessed January 14, 2009.
  23. ^ "Bulls deal Curry after DNA test refusal", Associated Press at ESPN.com, October 4, 2005.
  24. ^ Darren Rovell, "Sources: NBA to standardize physicals", ESPN.com, February 27, 2006.
  25. ^ Grandmother: I've turned son over to Curry's lawyers Yahoo Sports, March 20, 2009
  26. ^ Evans, Patrice (January 14, 2009). "Eddy Curry Hit With Gay Sex Harassment Suit". WMAQ (NBC Chicago). Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Knick Gets Called For Sex Foul". New York Post. January 13, 2009. 
  28. ^ Howard Beck,"Driver Sues Curry for Sexual Harassment", New York Times, January 12, 2009.
  29. ^ Beck, Howard (May 29, 2009). "Lawsuit Against Knicks’ Curry Will Be Settled by Arbitrator". New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  30. ^ New York's Eddy Curry Was Father of Slain Baby ESPN.com, January 28, 2009, accessed January 30, 2009.
  31. ^ "Man charged in death of Eddy Curry's ex, their baby - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2009-02-22. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  32. ^ Charges in Death of Eddy Curry's Ex-Girlfriend, Baby SI.com, February 23, 2009
  33. ^ Lawyer guilty of killing former Chicago Bull Eddy Curry’s ex-girlfriend, daughter
  34. ^ Eddy's financial issues continue

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