Walsh, D'Antoni view Curry as 'Answer'


Now Knicks fans can blame Eddy Curry for something else. It seems the Knicks center, not Allen Iverson, is "The Answer."Knicks president Donnie Walsh announced yesterday the team had decided not to sign Iverson, the controversial 34-year-old guard, to a one-year contract. Walsh linked Curry’s emergence in his season debut Wednesday against the Pacers (10 points and four rebounds in 11 minutes) with tipping the scales against signing Iverson.

In saying the Knicks "rethought" their position on Iverson, Walsh ended a wild week full of flip-flops and fan frenzy favoring the move.

"We were misleading because we didn’t know what we wanted to do," Walsh said. "It got to be, ‘We’re going to do it, we’re not going to do it.’

"I don’t think you build a basketball team on [fan] polls."

Coach Mike D’Antoni confirmed he was on board with adding A.I., but was convinced by Walsh on Thursday night to stay the course following the Knicks’ 110-103 comeback victory over Indiana, in which Curry shined.

"I think it changed things," said D’Antoni, whose 2-9 Knicks face the winless Nets today. "It did, no doubt about it. With Eddy, it makes us a different team. We have a presence now and we want to take advantage of."

D’Antoni and Walsh reached the decision late Thursday and cancelled plans to speak to Iverson in person. They said the major concern was whether Iverson fit into a rebuilding club, and whether he would take time away from younger players the Knicks are trying to develop, as well as from Curry, who looms big in their plans for multiple reasons.


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