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Thursday, October 6, 2005
Waiting game: Knicks still need Curry's medical tests

Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Eddy Curry's status with the New York Knicks remained unsettled Thursday, with the team waiting for medical tests on his irregular heartbeat.

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Knicks president Isiah Thomas said Thursday the team does not have all the information needed to evaluate whether Curry is healthy enough. Curry, the Bulls' top scorer last season at 16.1 points a game, missed the final 13 games of the year and the playoffs after his condition was discovered.

The 6-foot-11 center was traded this week from Chicago with Antonio Davis for Tim Thomas, Michael Sweetney and Jermaine Jackson.

Isiah Thomas expected Curry to be practicing with his new teammates at the College of Charleston by now. Instead, Curry sat on the sidelines Thursday as several Knicks came by to shake his hand and welcome him.

The club also was waiting for Curry's medical records from Chicago. The deadline for the deal is 6 p.m. Friday.

"Hopefully, this will be resolved soon," Thomas said. "Hopefully, the doctors will work fast and we'll see where we are."

The 22-year-old Curry, entering his fifth NBA season, had refused Chicago's request for a DNA test to determine whether he was susceptible to cardiomyopathy, the ailment that killed former Boston Celtics guard Reggie Lewis and Loyola Marymount star Hank Gathers.

Thomas said the Knicks couldn't give Curry a DNA test because of New York's privacy and employment laws.

Thomas and Knicks coach Larry Brown said Curry was in good spirits.

"He's a Chicago kid. That team had a great future. I don't know if it's ever easy being traded," Brown said. "My hope is that this is a good situation for him."

Davis, the Knicks' other new player, arrived at camp Wednesday but flew back to Chicago to deal with a family medical problem, Thomas said. Davis, who turns 37 this month, is not enthusiastic about uprooting his life, Thomas said, but he expects Davis to perform strongly.

"He has no choice. This isn't charity," Thomas said.

Curry also arrived Wednesday night and reconnected with friend and former Bulls guard Jamal Crawford. The two spent three seasons together in Chicago before Crawford came to the Knicks in a trade before last season.

Crawford said Curry didn't seem anxious about the medical tests.

"If he is [worried], he's not really showing it. He's real relaxed and having fun," Crawford said. "He's happy to be here."

Crawford was concerned when he heard about his friend's heart problem last spring.

"When he didn't seem worried the first time I talked to him," Crawford recalled, "I said, 'OK, I guess you're all right.'"

Crawford soon expects everyone to see what he did in Chicago -- Curry is a major talent.

"He brings so much, and he's not even close to what he's going to be," Crawford said. "He's already a really good player, but he's got a chance to be special."