GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- If the Knicks felt a certain player named Jordan could help them in the playoffs, he would have been at practice Friday.
But Jordan, whose full name is Jerome Jordan (the center from Tulsa who the Knicks acquired last June after he was drafted at No. 44 in the second round by the Milwaukee Bucks), is going to spend the rest of the season in Serbia.
"He's under contract over there, and there was some idea that maybe they weren't doing the right things with him, and maybe we could get him. But I think now they're straightened out, and so he's playing over there," team president Donnie Walsh said.
Jordan is shooting 73 percent while averaging 7.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in 15 minutes per game for KK Hemofarm of the Adriatic League.
"I think the team was starting to break up a little bit, I don't know the particulars, and there was a chance that he could leave there. But he wanted to stay there because he's gotten better over there. He's been very diligent about trying to get better and doing what the coaches tell him, and he's part of the team so he ended up staying there," Walsh said.
I touched on this matter of a lack of size, and what the Knicks can do about it down the road, a little bit in today's Knicks chat.
But for the present, I should add that the Knicks are also looking at a few players from the D-League but are skittish about adding a 15th player who would be unfamiliar with the system and would serve little purpose other than providing six extra fouls and/or being an emergency big body in case of an injury to Ronny Turiaf and/or Jared Jeffries. (And if you want a case in point where an extra big body would have helped, look no further than Game 7 of last year's finals when Kendrick Perkins had just blown out his knee, Rasheed Wallace was suffering from back spasms and the Celtics -- who had given their 13th and 14th roster spots to summer league prospects Oliver Lafayette and Tony Gaffney -- had to use Brian Scalabrine as their emergency center.)
One other item of note from the Knicks training facility, where the team had a film session and went through drills Friday but did not scrimmage.
In the victory over the Bucks on Wednesday night, the Knicks had 97 offensive possessions. They had been averaging 99 possessions per game before the big trade, then had dropped to the 88-89 range during their 10-game slump. Coach Mike D'Antoni said it was a sign of how the pace of the game was more of what the Knicks want to see going forward.