A New Big Man in the Big Apple
Posted Nov 29 2007 10:20AM
By Lauren Brill
Nov. 27, 2007 -- Since the season began the media has swarmed the Knicks' locker room, questioning the team about their ability to win, their team chemistry and the status of their current roster. While New York is off to a 4-9 start, the performance thus far of newly acquired Zach Randolph provides the struggling squad with hope.
He missed three games following his grandmother's death and the Knickerbockers dropped all three match ups. Despite his short absence the Portland import has already registered eight double-doubles this season,
Prior to the season, many expressed concern about Randolph teaming up with the Knicks' big man, Eddy Curry. Worried their roles would overlap, Randolph and Curry have proved they can both play in blue and orange, as Curry is currently averaging 17.9 points and 6.3 rebounds. Both stats are above his career averages and only slightly below last year's numbers. Offensively, the combination of the two big men can be lethal, but if the duo is off, coach Isiah Thomas often utilizes former Florida Gator, David Lee to provide a spark off the bench.
While the team as a whole could improve on defense, Randolph has given New
York a boost in the front court. In Monday night's 113-109 win over the Jazz,
Randolph had a solid performance with a season-best 25 points and 14 rebounds.
Scoring and rebounding for New York, Randolph has proved he can compliment the
play of teammate Eddy Curry, whose offensive efficiency has not significantly
been affected by the arrival of Randolph. Repeatedly posting double-doubles, the
seventh year vet appears to have been a suitable choice for the Big Apple and will be key as the team moves forward seeking more victories.