Curry focusing on rehab, return

Updated: February 12, 2009, 9:19 PM ET
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It has been nearly three weeks since Eddy Curry's ex-girlfriend was murdered in Chicago. The Knicks told him to take his time in dealing with the tragedy, which included the slaying of his ex-girlfriend's 9-month-old daughter.

Curry rejoined the team last week, and has been working on his conditioning and rehabilitating his sore left knee, with the hope of getting into the Knicks' lineup at some point.

Eddy Curry
Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE/Getty ImagesEddy Curry rejoined the Knicks last week after taking a leave of absence following the murder of his ex-girlfriend.

On the surface, and for the time being, Curry will concentrate on the extra pounds on his body, rather than the weight on his shoulders.

"I'm OK," Curry said Tuesday in his first public comments since the murders. "Honestly, I really don't want to talk about anything other than basketball, than me getting back on the court, because I feel like there's been enough circulating about Eddy Curry, about my life and all that stuff, other than basketball."

Curry, whose 3-year-old son also was found at the murder scene but was unharmed, attended a private viewing Jan. 31 in Chicago. Curry, with the Knicks on their West Coast swing, declined to talk about the events in Chicago, but was willing to address his situation on the court with the team.

The 6-11 center has had conditioning issues ever since preseason camp, and the development of his sore knee only added to his issues. Coach Mike D'Antoni chose not to implement a game plan that included Curry, but that went by the wayside after an early-season trade and a spate of injuries depleted the bench.

"This is the time where I'm really looking forward to it," Curry said. "I wish I could take a magic pill or something and make my legs feel better and make me able to go out there and do what I need to do."

Curry has been shooting and doing most everything except running. He said he is hoping to practice sometime next week.

"Every day I'm doing a little bit more on it," he said. "The only thing that's keeping me off the court is my knee, is my legs and my health right now. It's nothing personal, nothing mental, nothing like that."

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