We all know that Eddy Curry hasn’t been great with his money, his conditioning or playing basketball these past few years. Telling you this is like casually mentioning that Kevin Durant is pretty good at scoring or that “The Avengers” stars a lot of superheroes. It’s common knowledge at this point.
That being said, sometimes you hear things about Eddy Curry and you’re like, “Oh that’s how he lost $70 million in 10 years and became an NBA punchline” and it all makes sense. Here’s one of those moments, from Jonathan Abram’s excellent Grantland piece about the divergent careers of Curry and Tyson Chandler:
Williams said this of Curry in regard to knowing who you are on the court: “Before every game, Eddy would try to shoot with me and we would shoot $100 per 3-pointer. I would talk with him and say, ‘Eddy, you know I make more than 300-400 3-pointers a day. If you’re challenging me at jump-hook shots, I’d say, ‘I’m not going to win this one.’ But that’s who Eddy is. He’s competitive. He was also a kid. We were all kids.”
$100 per 3-pointer is basically nothing for a multimillionaire, but this is a great anecdotal description of Eddy Curry. Between not really focusing on a game day and throwing money around like it’s no big deal, this is perfect. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Eddy Curry. Or Andrew Bynum, for that matter.
And while that is a nice little snapshot in to the life of Eddy Curry, this right here does the same for the Bulls botching the 2001 draft.
[Former Bulls GM Jerry Krause] was told not to look at a young Spaniard named Pau Gasol. “This is not to demean anybody, but we were told not to see Gasol,” Krause said recently. “Whoever was in charge of that thing kept saying, ‘Don’t see him.’ We said OK. Was that a mistake? Probably yes. We should have seen him. We didn’t.”
Those were different times, back when teams were obsessed with the idea of high schoolers and their potential, but looking back, this is a pretty terrible thing to have happened for the Bulls. Not that they would have taken Pau Gasol back then, but it might have been a good idea to just check on a guy who will go down as one of the best international players ever. Was not even looking at Pau Gasol a mistake? Definitely yes.
The draft is a crapshoot. Guys get injured, end up in the wrong situations or just fail to live up to their billings. Sometimes you fail to scout one of the best big men in the league and sometimes you draft a guy who is hyped up as the next Shaq but really prefers to challenge point guards to 3-point contests. It could happen to anyone, only both of these things happened to the Bulls in the same draft. Not the best era of Bulls fandom, that’s for sure. But still, at least they didn’t pick Kwame Brown.