As he looks to join the mentoring race of former NBA players, Anthony Mason agreed to work out with Eddy Curry in hopes of getting him back in shape.
A daunting task, if Mason succeeds (or at the very least, has some type of positive impact on Curry at all), he could prove himself worth taking a chance on as an assistant coach/special adviser to the Knicks.
According to the New York Post, Mason is optimistic about the opportunities that may await them both.
Regarding his own future:
“I’m trying to get back into the NBA, but definitely I would love to be here,” said Mason, out of Springfield Gardens. “This was the first team that gave me an honest shot, and so I would love to be affiliated with the Knicks.”
On Eddy Curry:
“If you get Eddy back on the court, the sky’s the limit.
“I think if he continues to work hard, then he has the talent. With the additions that they have on the team now, you imagine getting him back on the court how he was some years ago. Along with Stoudemire and Raymond Felton and the new additions, it could be awesome.”
Although Curry has a long way to go, the fact that he is working with Mason is a major stepping stone in the right direction. Knicks fans have been suggesting for years now, that Curry work with a Mason or Charles Oakley-type (whom were both gritty, hard-nosed, and intimidating big men during their playing days) to improve his toughness.
While Mason suggesting that Curry (may) be able to make a strong impact with the likes of Stoudemire and Felton is probably a tad premature, the Knicks are certainly still lacking that tough presence down low next to Stoudemire, and would welcome that type of contribution, be it from Curry, or anybody else.