LAS VEGAS - None other than Garden chairman James Dolan was on hand to see one of his biggest investments, Eddy Curry, prove that he is ready to resurrect his career.
And here's the show Curry gave his boss: He forgot to bring his sneakers. That's like Alex Rodriquez showing up for the Home Run Derby without his bat.
Other than dropping a few pounds, Curry failed to make much of an impression during his two-day visit with the Knicks' top executives.
He didn't scrimmage with the rookies and free agents and barely broke a sweat during his light - emphasis on the word light - workout at a local high school. Mostly, Curry looked disinterested and eager to get out of town.
When asked on Sunday if he intended to play in any of the Vegas Summer League games, Curry laughed. The Curry Project - getting him in shape, hoping he plays well and then trading him - is becoming a subject of much confusion and intrigue.
It began when Knicks president Donnie Walsh out-sourced Curry's offseason conditioning program to one of Curry's close associates. Walsh's reasons are unclear. Either the Knicks didn't feel the need to dispatch one of their numerous assistant coaches and physical therapists to Detroit to work with Curry, or perhaps Walsh figured that the center would respond better to a different voice.
For his part, Walsh sounds encouraged by Curry's fitness and reminded reporters that Curry had "firmed up" his arms. Of course, Curry's arms were being covered by a baggy shirt.
Dolan and Dr. Lisa Callahan, the Knicks' medical director, were seen conferring yesterday with Curry's personal trainer. What you didn't see was any interaction between Curry and head coach Mike D'Antoni, and from all indications, their strained relationship isn't going to improve anytime soon. Especially when Curry shows up in a gym without sneakers.
NO PACT NEAR: Walsh admitted that the Knicks and restricted free agent David Lee are far apart on the financial terms of a possible new contract. "With David, it's always been higher up than I was, so that's where we were," Walsh said. Lee and Nate Robinson both have the option of re-signing with the Knicks for one season and becoming unrestricted free agents next year. Lee is looking for a deal that will pay him $10 million to $12 million annually, but the money in the free-agent market is drying up. A report out of Greece said that Olympiakos is interested in signing Robinson. Former Hawk Josh Childress played for Olympiakos last season after signing a big contract.