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Former personal coach sues Allan Houston, Knicks

Jan 25, 2011, 11:10 PM EDT

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Apparently there is no statute of limitations on people who feel wronged by Allan Houston.

Art Rondeau  — a personal coach who worked with Houston in 1999 and 2000 — Monday sued Houston and the Knicks, according to the Associated Press. The lawsuit claims Rondeau worked with Houston to reverse shooting slumps, however the guard never kept up his promises to praise Rondeau’s work publicly. Instead, the suit says Houston disparaged Rondeau to Knicks officials and reporters.

So 11 years after the fact he is suing Houston — now a Knicks executive — for $2.5 million. As you can imagine, the Knicks are saying the suit has no merit.

Houston’s shooting percentage did jump from the 98-99 season to the 99-2000 season however you choose to break down the numbers. Houston’s traditional field goal percentage jumped from 41.8 to 48.3, from three he improved from 40.7 percent to 43.6, and his eFG% (which combines the two) jumped from 45.9 to 52.5, his true shooting percentage jumped from 51.5 to 56.9.

However, there are a lot of factors that tie into how a players performs. How much of the jump was due to health or coaching or other factors is hard to prove. Especially a decade later.

But who doesn’t love a good Knicks lawsuit?

  1. jacobknicks - Jan 26, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    Wasn’t the whole 98-99 season just 50 games (due to the lockout)?

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 26, 2011 at 3:36 AM

      You were right, that was the 50 game season, so I went in and changed it.

  2. flee845 - Jan 26, 2011 at 1:46 AM

    FYI, there were only 50 games during the lockout shortened 98-99 season. Stupid lawsuit anyways though.

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