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Famed trainer say Eddy Curry is in NBA shape. Riiiiight.

Oct 17, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

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It would balance out the karmic scales if, when the lockout ends, Eddy Curry were in shape and ready to play in the NBA while other guys had put on the weight he had shed.

That would amuse me, but I won’t believe it until I see it. I think the entire island of Manhattan is with me on that.

But famed trainer Tim Grover told the Miami Herald that Curry is good to go when the lockout ends (via Eye on Basketball).

Curry, who interests the Heat, is in “excellent shape” and “no question” ready to join an NBA team post-lockout, well-regarded Chicago-based trainer Tim Grover told us last week. Grover declined to give Curry’s weight, which was 300 in August, down from 350 in March.

Grover said he advised Curry not to play in the (LeBron James Florida) charity game last weekend because “these are not games for big men.”

Grover is right about that — you see it every year at summer league, big guys get shut out when a coach isn’t screaming at the guards to feed the post. JaVale McGee should have dominated at the Drew/Goodman rematch, there was nobody his size on the court, but he rarely saw the ball (part of that was McGee being McGee, to be fair).

That said, Curry has played 72 garbage time minutes in 10 games over the last three NBA seasons, and he has been terrible in them. So count us with the skeptics until he proves us wrong. Because even if he had just shown up to the charity game and run up and down the court we would have had a better sense of him. Right now, there is no evidence to base any good reports on other than the word of a trainer working to get his client a shot.

That said, with the need for big men in this league, somebody will give him a camp invite. Watch.

  1. trueballs - Oct 17, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    There aren’t many big men today as skilled as Curry so I think he deserves another chance. We all know about his downside.

    He’s either going to be a needle in the haystack….or a needle that pops a balloon. (if he joins a contender)

    If he joined Miami it’s hard to predict what would happen….I think he knows he can’t act like the old Eddy Curry and that he’ll never be more than the 4th or 5th best player….but he might also think he’s better than Bosh. With Eddy you always have to be concerned about his mental state

  2. 00maltliquor - Oct 17, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Why can’t he just send out a twit pic, show off his new body on youtube, hell, post a full body picture on myspace/facebook?? What is he hiding? Let’s see the ”new” him and put these speculations to rest! Dammit, get TMZ to go stalk him for a picture! I do not believe!!

  3. philtration - Oct 17, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    If that shape is round then he is ready.

  4. ddrew80 - Oct 18, 2011 at 12:15 AM

    I think Curry is ready sign wit the Heat that’s all there missing is a low-post presence

  5. henryd3rd - Oct 18, 2011 at 5:08 AM

    Why not send Isiah Thomas out to scout him; since he such a great judge of talent and character. I am sure he’ll give us an honest assessment

  6. ghelton03 - Oct 18, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Eddy Curry would make one more reason to hate the Heat. He would be a good fit for that bunch of bumbs.

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