Friday, July 8, 2011
Landry Fields: More could follow D-Will
By Jared Zwerling
Special to ESPNNewYork.com
LOS ANGELES -- New York Knicks guard Landry Fields thinks more players -- especially superstars -- may follow Deron Williams' lead. ESPN reported Thursday that the New Jersey Nets' All-Star point guard struck an agreement in principle to play in Turkey in the fall if the NBA lockout has not yet been settled.
"I think with big-name guys like [Williams], it's possible because teams are going to want to sign these enormous superstars," Fields said. "But they know that once the lockout ends, [the players] will leave. I think if these overseas teams can bring in superstars, sell some tickets, bring more of a fan base to that country, that's what they're going to do. I think it's more applicable to superstars, but I'm sure there will be other guys who are not necessarily All-Stars who will do something like that."
Fields' prediction was borne out at least in part Friday, when former Toronto Raptors guard Sonny Weems signed with a Lithuanian team and former Philadelphia 76ers forward Darius Songaila signed with another Turkish team.
Playing overseas is not on Fields' radar. The Knicks' starting shooting guard is in Los Angeles working out every day with a personal trainer and playing in some pickup games. He said that he's trying to fine-tune his game in order to develop a veteran's edge and play to his strengths even better next season.
"My whole focus of this offeason is just having a mentality that you have to survive in the NBA," Fields said. "You look at other guys and how successful they are. It's a business; you can be here one day and gone the next. I'm just going out there, understanding my abilities and what I'm capable of, and executing everything to take that confidence into next season."
Fields has been back to New York a couple of times to make some sponsor appearances, but he has not hit the local hardwood. In addition to not being able to have contact with the Knicks during the lockout, he is currently not taping any new episodes of MSG Network's "The Andy & Landry Show."
Jared Zerling is a contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.