Fate has Knicks playing the Fields

Rookie is starting in New York because of draft-day slide -- and dad's decision in '75

Updated: November 10, 2010, 1:43 PM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Landry Fields would not be starting for the New York Knicks if not for a fateful decision made 25 years ago by his father, Steve, who had been selected in the seventh round of the NBA draft by Portland in May 1975, but was waived by the Trail Blazers late that summer.

Steve Fields was close with Cavs forward Jim Cleamons, now an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers, and arrangements were made to have Fields come to camp in Cleveland to try out for a spot on that Bill ...

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