So why does just about every 2009 NBA Mock Draft have the New York Knicks taking a point guard? Frank Isola of the New York Daily News explains:
Chris Duhon was an unexcused no-show in February when the Knicks' charter flight returned home from Miami the morning after their loss to Dwyane Wade and the Heat.
When Stephon Marbury went AWOL in November of 2007, his disappearance became national news. Duhon's error in judgment, however, barely caused a ripple outside of the Knicks organization.
The official word was that Duhon overslept, which is entirely plausible. But the incident did raise additional concerns about Duhon's lifestyle - which were first broached last summer before Duhon joined the Knicks on a two-year, $12 million contract - and whether his affinity for the nightlife is directly linked to the point guard's rapidly declining play during the second half of the season.
That explains a lot.
Remember last baseball season when Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera were vastly underperforming? Everyone was wondering why and how such promising young talents could just fall off a cliff. Then people started alledging that the decline in play was due to their afterhours partying. Some even cited specific examples.
Those people were right. While partying may not have contributed to 100% of Cano and Cabrera's poor performance, it certainly had a lot to do with it.
Chris Duhon is experiencing the same thing. I know Duhon had an ankle injury in the 2nd half of the season, but the deterioration of his passing and overall awareness was inexplicable until now.
Read the whole article. It's very interesting stuff.