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Eddy Curry has lost nearly 100 pounds, may make Heat debut tonight

Jan 19, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT

Miami Heat's Eddy Curry poses during media day at the team's training camp in Miami Reuters

The Miami Heat won’t have Dwayne Wade tonight against the Lakers, and LeBron James will apparently be a game-time decision, but they may get some help Eddy Curry, who might play in his first game since 2009 tonight: From Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears:

The New York Knicks’ loss to the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 17, 2009, wasn’t a memorable one for the franchise in another lost season. But for Eddy Curry it holds significance.

It was the last time he played in an NBA game.

Curry has been sidelined for more than two years with weight and conditioning problems that, at their worst, pushed the 6-foot-10 center to close to 400 pounds. Now with the Miami Heat and weighing a “svelte” 295, Curry could make his long-awaited return to the court as soon as Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

“It was humbling, I guess, sitting back not playing, wanting to be there for one reason or another and not being able to be out there,” Curry said recently. “I look at it as a second chance and an opportunity to right this ship.”

Curry, who has shown the ability to be a very good low-post scorer at times in his strange NBA career, has been working with Tim Grover, Michael Jordan’s trainer, and has shed anywhere from 65 to 100 pounds of weight, depending on which report you believe.

Even when Curry was at his best, he was a notoriously poor rebounder, and has never shown much interest in defense. One expects that those things will have to change if he wants to get minutes from Erik Spolestra, who places a high premium on defense and rebounding. Ever since the Heat decided to take a flyer on Curry this off-season, they’ve been adamant that they’re not expecting any miracles from the former #4 overall draft pick. However, the Heat do need some big bodies, especially against teams with as much size up front as the Lakers have, so we’ll see what happens with Eddy Curry’s last chance at NBA relevance.

  1. miamatt - Jan 19, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    If there’s any team that can bring Curry back from the dead, it’s the heat. Their conditioning and defensive standards are notoriously tough. If he gives them nothing, well, he’s no worse than Dampier.

  2. goforthanddie - Jan 19, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    :Even when Curry was at his best, he was a notoriously poor rebounder, and has never shown much interest in defense. One expects that those things will have to change if he wants to get minutes from Erik Spolestra, ”

    He gets paid whether he plays or not and, as we all know, he doesn’t give a damn when the mic isn’t in his face.

  3. 00maltliquor - Jan 19, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  4. africanballer - Jan 20, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    You don’t lose weight you misplace it

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