Eddy Curry has never been the most disciplined basketball player, though that’s always assumed to be because he isn’t the most disciplined eater, either. Well, new allegations can safely lead one to believe that Curry isn’t a disciplined human being at all, after an article in the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES claims that Curry still hasn’t paid a $41,000 outstanding bill from Casual Male in Chicago during his time with the Bulls.
Not only does Curry have a horrific lack of game, but one of the most self-entitled high school draftees of the early ’90s also has horrific taste in clothing, which is both sad and strangely appropriate, if you ask us.
OK, lets try to absorb the shock one piece at a time here, as long as we can get beyond the SUN-TIMES’ contender for double entendre headline of the week (”Curry didn’t pay for clothes, suit alleges”). What we now know is after the jump:
- Curry is preposterously cheap. Not a total shock there. Plenty of star hoopsters are cheap, and there seems to be a particularly stingy string that have come through Chicago. How else can you explain the nickname “No Tippin’ Pippen.” More concerning, however, is:
- Curry shops at Casual Male? Really? This guy is making $9,723,983 in 2008, and he’s shopping at Casual Male? For God’s sake, he could own Casual Male! (random side note: Why haven’t any NBA players started their own luxury big & tall line? Wouldn’t everyone in the league buy from a classy line if it was owned by a decent guy with good taste? If Kobe starts a line with Italian designers, won’t everyone jump on board? No brainer, right?)
- Since the outstanding balance was all at Casual Male, clearly this is Curry shopping for himself. You can’t sell us on the “he was playing at home and buying threads for his homies” line. Not at Casual Male he wasn’t. So, over a stretch of four months in 2006 (Jan.-Mar.), Curry dropped $22,000 in suits, sweaters that ranged from $750 to $1,390 and a whopping $3,700 in ties. If he’s not doing something illicit with those ties, they weren’t worth it. They never are.
Clearly, Curry isn’t the frugal shopper. Then again, neither is Isiah Thomas, which is precisely why that marriage should have worked out perfectly. Maybe it really did. After all, both guys got what the deserved, right? Curry’s now a sideshow holding back a team in transition (in more ways than one), and Thomas is banished from any position of authority at Madison Square Garden. If that’s not a fitting result for both parties, we don’t know what is.
Now, as long as Curry shells out the $41G he owes Casual Male, we’ll all be good to go. After all, that might come off the books just as Curry does himself, either in a trade to Phoenix at the deadline (rumors are already circulating in the New York press), or as a dead cap-space contract in the summer.