http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/cs-050322bulls,1,6773492.story?coll=cs-bulls-headlinesSay what you will about Curry—and plenty have—but the fourth-year center is the only Bull other than Ben Gordon who consistently commands special defensive attention.
"When teams prepare, he's a guy who they focus on stopping," guard Kirk Hinrich said. "He makes everybody else better. It makes everything easier for everybody else."
"The Bulls for years, even back winning the six championships, they'd always throw Luc [Longley] a couple of bones early in the game and Bill [Wennington] too," coach Scott Skiles said. "Then the other guys would take over.
"This is much different than that. Eddy's a legitimate threat throughout the game. But [his fast starts] certainly help us. Any team wants to go down low to start the game and get some points in the paint. It takes the pressure off your perimeter shooting. Most nights, Eddy provides that, for sure."
There's no argument Curry must lower his foul total and turnover average and increase his rebounding and assist averages. He's on pace to set a career high with 217 turnovers, which is quite a bit shy of Artis Gilmore's franchise record of 366 in the 1977-78 season. His rebounding average of 5.4 is down from last season's 6.2, and his 0.6-assist average matches his meager career number.
"The main thing for Eddy is to continue to get better out of those double teams," Skiles said. "He has gotten better. There's no question about that. But I know for a fact Eddy's not satisfied with the number of turnovers he has made.
"How do you get better at that? You work on it in practice. Then, in game conditions, you gain experience. You look at the other post-up players, the Duncans. When they came in, they weren't necessarily very good out of double teams either. It takes time.
Curry declined to talk with reporters after Tuesday's practice, citing a need to pack for the Bulls' two-game trip.
A restricted free agent, Curry's offensive abilities should preclude him from having to do so this summer.