The New York Knicks have added another felon to their lovable Gang of Goons, and his name is Allan Houston. As you may recall,
convicted of Grand Larceny in the Court of Public Opinion earlier this millennium,
after he stole $100 million from the Knicks’ woeful organization. H20, as he
likes to be called, signed a six-year, $100 million guaranteed maximum contract
in 2001, and then abruptly decided to stop playing basketball. He played
sparsely from 2003-2005, and then retired in 2005, while the Knicks have had to
continue to pay him $21 million over the past two seasons, as Houston sat on a
beach and sucked down daiquiris.
began his NBA comeback for presumably a much more meager amount of money
(terms of the contract were not disclosed), although it’s unimaginable that he
will make the team or help the Knicks in any way. The 36-year-old who hasn’t
played substantial minutes in five years will join a roster full of young
prospects, and he has just three weeks to prove to Isiah Thomas he can still
play basketball. Personally, I’d be impressed if he could just run up-and-down
the court, considering he has bad knees and all that money weighing down his
pockets, but we’ll keep you updated.