Ex-Knick Curry makes impact for Mavs

Believe it or not, Eddy Curry -- yes, that Eddy Curry -- played significant minutes in the Mavericks' opening-night win over the Lakers on Tuesday.

With Mavs big man Chris Kaman out due to injury, Curry was expected to start. Instead, Brandan Wright took the opening tip and played pretty well against the Lakers' bigs.

But -- in what has to come as a surprise to many Knicks fans -- Curry made an impact off the bench for Dallas, less than a week after bring claimed off of waivers.

The ex-Knick had seven points and four rebounds in 17 minutes and seemed to be moving pretty well, looking in much better shape than he had been in his final days in New York.

The Knicks, you'll recall, shipped the perennially out-of-shape center to Minnesota in the three-team, 13-player trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to New York.

Curry had played in just 10 games over his last three seasons in New York.

During his Knicks’ tenure, Curry was one of the prime examples of questionable transactions executed by former GM/coach Isiah Thomas. Thomas traded two first-round picks, two second-round picks, Tim Thomas and Michael Sweetney to the Bulls for Curry.

PROBABLY NO BYNUM VS. KNICKS: The Knicks play the Sixers in a back-to-back on Sunday and Monday. It appears the Knights might catch a break as Andrew Bynum will probably be out due to knee ailments. Bynum won't be in the starting lineup for the Sixers' opener Wednesday and won't take the floor until he's pain-free, Sixers GM Tony DiLeo told reporters.

GRANGER HURT, TOO: You'd never wish ill fortune upon anyone, but the Knicks privately have to be relieved with the news that Pacers forwrd Danny Granger is out indefinitely with a sore left knee. Granger's career numbers aren't especially strong against the Knicks, but he creates matchup problems and his absence should make things easier for Anthony.

The Knicks first play the Pacers at home on Nov. 18.