MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 12: Eddy Curry #34 of the Miami Heat poses during media day at American Airlines Arena on December 12, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Tuesday night it was Mike Miller making his debut for the Heat after missing the entire season following hernia surgery. On Wednesday coach Erik Spoelstra hinted to the media that another player could be ready to come off the inactive list and begin contributing in games. When asked if Eddy Curry could possibly dress on Thursday to help with the Lakers Andrew Bynum coming to town, Spo had this to say:
"Possibly. I'll reevaluate day to day. If it doesn't happen tomorrow or this week, it's soon."
The 7-foot center (and former 4th overall draft pick in 2001) hasn't played in an NBA game since December 17th, 2009, when he played for the New York Knicks. Having weighed close to 400 lbs, Curry has been dropping weight like crazy since joining up with the Heat and becoming much more dedicated to revamping his career. He is now listed at 285lbs, which is almost 50 lbs less then he weighted at the beginning of training camp. Back then he was bragging about the 70 lbs he had lost while waiting for the lockout to end.
Curry is no longer hindered by the hip flexor injury that he suffered in training camp. At this point its just continuing to work hard while waiting for an opportunity to get into the lineup and start contributing to the team in NBA games. He knows it's going to happen soon, saying that coach Spoelstra told him his return would be "any day now."