Thursday, December 15, 2011
Knicks finally sign Jerome Jordan
By Ian Begley
The Knicks have signed 7-foot center Jerome Jordan, the team announced.
Jordan took part in a 5-on-5 scrimmage during training camp on Thursday.
"I think I'm up to speed mostly," he said. "I've been in there with coaches trying to get the offense down and the defense down."
Jordan had been in camp since Sunday. He could not participate in practice because he was waiting on his work visa. Jordan is originally from Jamaica.
"Once everything cleared up, I was ready to go," Jordan said after practice Thursday.
The Knicks acquired Jordan in a 2010 draft-night trade with the Milwaukee Bucks for $500,000. The Bucks had drafted Jordan with the 44th pick.
Jordan, 25, spent parts of each of the last two seasons playing overseas for KK Hemofarm in Serbia after four seasons at the University of Tulsa.
"He’s very excited to start his career in the NBA and to be with a team like the Knicks," Jordan's agent, Todd Ramasar, said last week. "He understands it's a business and there's a certain expectation with the Knicks, and that's to win a championship."
Unlike most NBA players coming off of the five-month lockout, Jordan will hit the floor in game shape. It will be interesting to see where he fits in at center with veteran Jared Jeffries slated to come off the bench to spell Tyson Chandler.