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Waiting game: Knicks still need Curry's medical tests

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Eddy Curry's status with the New York
Knicks
remained unsettled Thursday, with the team waiting for
medical tests on his irregular heartbeat.

Knicks president Isiah Thomas said Thursday the team does not
have all the information needed to evaluate whether Curry is
healthy enough. Curry, the Bulls' top scorer last season at 16.1
points a game, missed the final 13 games of the year and the
playoffs after his condition was discovered.

The 6-foot-11 center was traded this week from Chicago with
Antonio Davis for Tim Thomas, Michael Sweetney and Jermaine Jackson.

Isiah Thomas expected Curry to be practicing with his new
teammates at the College of Charleston by now. Instead, Curry sat
on the sidelines Thursday as several Knicks came by to shake his
hand and welcome him.

The club also was waiting for Curry's medical records from
Chicago. The deadline for the deal is 6 p.m. Friday.

"Hopefully, this will be resolved soon," Thomas said.
"Hopefully, the doctors will work fast and we'll see where we
are."

The 22-year-old Curry, entering his fifth NBA season, had
refused Chicago's request for a DNA test to determine whether he
was susceptible to cardiomyopathy, the ailment that killed former
Boston Celtics guard Reggie Lewis and Loyola Marymount star Hank
Gathers.

Thomas said the Knicks couldn't give Curry a DNA test because of
New York's privacy and employment laws.

Thomas and Knicks coach Larry Brown said Curry was in good
spirits.

"He's a Chicago kid. That team had a great future. I don't know
if it's ever easy being traded," Brown said. "My hope is that
this is a good situation for him."

Davis, the Knicks' other new player, arrived at camp Wednesday
but flew back to Chicago to deal with a family medical problem,
Thomas said. Davis, who turns 37 this month, is not enthusiastic
about uprooting his life, Thomas said, but he expects Davis to
perform strongly.

"He has no choice. This isn't charity," Thomas said.

Curry also arrived Wednesday night and reconnected with friend
and former Bulls guard Jamal Crawford. The two spent three seasons
together in Chicago before Crawford came to the Knicks in a trade
before last season.

Crawford said Curry didn't seem anxious about the medical tests.

"If he is [worried], he's not really showing it. He's real
relaxed and having fun," Crawford said. "He's happy to be here."

Crawford was concerned when he heard about his friend's heart
problem last spring.

"When he didn't seem worried the first time I talked to him,"
Crawford recalled, "I said, 'OK, I guess you're all right.'"

Crawford soon expects everyone to see what he did in Chicago --
Curry is a major talent.

"He brings so much, and he's not even close to what he's going
to be," Crawford said. "He's already a really good player, but
he's got a chance to be special."