Trans. Mar 25 9:30 ET (Mar 25 9:30 ET ) The most famous of the reportedly haunted hotels that regularly cater to NBA teams is the Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City (Eddy Curry once reported an incident there, but that might have just been his stomach rumbling).
On Sunday, on a nationally televised stage no less, the New York Knicks were handed a miserable defeat by the Chicago Bulls. Chicago raced out to an early advantage, topping the Knicks by 25 points just two minutes into the second quarter, utilizing excellent execution, heady play, and incessant activity to easily down the Knicks despite (say it with me) playing without Derrick Rose and the traded Luol Deng. Bulls center Joakim Noah, who could have been a New York Knick had it not been for the 2005 Eddy Curry deal, dismantled the Knicks with his pinpoint passing, on his way to a triple double with 14 assists, 12 rebounds, and 13 points.
Chicago also limited Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony to a relatively pedestrian 21 points. It was the second straight downer of a game for Carmelo, who missed 19 of 26 shots in a loss on Friday against Golden State, following a good month and a half of MVP-level play in the face of his team’s woes. Because all the storylines were in place – the overachieving Bulls downing the glazed-over Knicks featuring a center and coach that could have been New York’s, taking on a player in Anthony that could leave money on the table to join a winner in Chicago this summer – the press was allowed to glom onto several chewy talking points.
Anthony, more than anyone, is used to this. This is why he called the loss “embarrassing” following the game, while continually (and genuinely) pointing out that he has absolutely no clue as to how his likely 2014 free agent turn will play out .
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.
C : @sephgat . Nearly eight years after the Chicago Bulls traded Eddy Curry, Antonio Davis and and a 2007 first-round pick to the New York Knicks for Jermaine Jackson, Mike Sweetney, Tim Thomas, first-rounders in 2006 and 2007, and second-rounders in 2007 and 2009, @sephgat has traced the travels of those draft picks and subsequent dealings to create the handy flow chart you see before you. Every path you travel gets worse and worse for Knicks fans, which just feels so appropriate as we prepare for the annual NBA draft.
PF : HoopsAnalyst and DraftExpress . As we draw nearer to the kickoff of Thursday's 2013 NBA Draft , compare the top prospect lists of Ed Weiland and Jonathan Givony, two of the best of the best when it comes to projecting pro talent.
SF : Slate . Ten years after the Detroit Pistons' infamous selection of Darko Milicic before Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, Jack Hamilton revisits the "magical thinking and racism" that led to one of the biggest draft errors in NBA history.
Coming into this season, Delonte West was expected to play a major role in a rebuilt Dallas Mavericks backcourt that featured new starters at both guard positions. Things went sour just before the start of the campaign, though, with Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle suspending West "indefinitely" after a preseason outburst, reinstating him the next day after hashing things out, only to put him back on ice eight days later for "conduct detrimental to the team." The second shelving stuck, as the Mavs waived West four days later to open up a roster spot for, of all people , center Eddy Curry. (That marriage didn't last too long .)
We haven't heard much from West since; since Halloween, when he laid out his resume for prospective NBA suitors, West has tweeted just once — to share a bulletin about Carlisle threatening other Mavs with suspensions , a sort of "I'm just going to leave this right here" tweet without any added commentary. The quiet on the West-ern front (oof) broke this week, though, with the Memphis Grizzlies reportedly considering a 10-day contract offer for West to fill out their roster following Tuesday's multiplayer deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. On Wednesday night, ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported that the combo guard's hedging his bets a bit by entering the player pool for the D-League in the hopes, it seems, of getting back to the league by mending some Lone Star fences:
[...] if the Grizzlies pass, West would be eligible to join the team at the front of the D-League waiver line, which sources say is the Donnie Nelson-owned Texas Legends, Frisco-based affiliate of the Mavericks.
Sources say that West hopes to play his way back into the league just like Mike James did earlier this month, earning a call-up from the Mavericks after a brief but successful stint in Frisco. James is nearing the end of his second 10-day contract with the Mavs and, according sources, is a strong possibility to be signed for the rest of the season next week.
A source close to West told Jeff "Skin" Wade of the Ben and Skin Show on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM that the guard prefers a potential situation with the Legends to the Grizzlies scenario in hopes that a good showing with the D-League team could put him back into favor with the Mavs, who released him before the regular season began.
The Eddy Curry era is over for the Dallas Mavericks after just two games. The Mavericks announced Friday that they've waived the journeyman center and replaced him on the 15-man roster with newly signed free-agent center Troy Murphy. The team didn't reveal any of the terms agreed to by Murphy.
The Scoop:In two games, Curry averaged 4.5 points and two rebounds in 12.5 minutes. The Mavericks are the sixth team on Murphy's resume. Golden State took him 14th overall in the 2001 NBA Draft out of Notre Dame, where he was a two-time All-America selection. He's donned the uniforms of the Warriors, Indiana, New Jersey, Boston and the Los Angeles Lakers before signing with Dallas. His career averages are 10.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 27.5 minutes per game.