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A center rookie up for grabs?
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knicksbabyyeah
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9/4/2001  5:45 AM
Apparently yes, here's the tidbit found on espn.

There's even some foreign intrigue on the free-agent market these days. Nate Huffman is a legit 7-footer from Central Michigan who was arguably the best player in Europe last season, leading Maccabi Tel-Aviv to the Suproleague championship. That's the same Huffman who has barely generated an NBA sniff this summer, much as he wants to come home, while backup big men like Nazr Mohammed, Calvin Booth and Todd MacCulloch rang up long-term millions.

What gives? Part of the problem is Huffman's demands; he wants more money and more years than any player with no NBA experience should expect. The other problem is that lack of NBA experience. "It's a known versus an unknown," said one Western Conference executive. "He's certainly one of the best players in Europe, especially among big men, but he still hasn't played an NBA game." Huffman is probably also hurt by the fact he has been playing in Israel, not a powerful domestic league like Spain, Greece or Italy. Given that Anthony Mason, Chris Gatling and Marc Jackson haven't landed new contracts yet, either, Huffman will probably have to wait a little longer.
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VG
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9/4/2001  6:36 AM
Posted by knicksbabyyeah:

Apparently yes, here's the tidbit found on espn.

There's even some foreign intrigue on the free-agent market these days. Nate Huffman is a legit 7-footer from Central Michigan who was arguably the best player in Europe last season, leading Maccabi Tel-Aviv to the Suproleague championship. That's the same Huffman who has barely generated an NBA sniff this summer, much as he wants to come home, while backup big men like Nazr Mohammed, Calvin Booth and Todd MacCulloch rang up long-term millions.

What gives? Part of the problem is Huffman's demands; he wants more money and more years than any player with no NBA experience should expect. The other problem is that lack of NBA experience. "It's a known versus an unknown," said one Western Conference executive. "He's certainly one of the best players in Europe, especially among big men, but he still hasn't played an NBA game." Huffman is probably also hurt by the fact he has been playing in Israel, not a powerful domestic league like Spain, Greece or Italy. Given that Anthony Mason, Chris Gatling and Marc Jackson haven't landed new contracts yet, either, Huffman will probably have to wait a little longer.

He has the offensive game to play in the NBA but he has a lot to learn defensively. I suppose we could give him a shot but I heard the Pacers were also after him.
knicksbabyyeah
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9/4/2001  8:07 AM
We shouldn't forget that the upcoming rule changes in the NBA are making the game more similar as it's being played in Europe. I think he might be a very good addition to the bench..lol
Caseloads
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9/4/2001  9:59 AM
Posted by VG:
Posted by knicksbabyyeah:

Apparently yes, here's the tidbit found on espn.

There's even some foreign intrigue on the free-agent market these days. Nate Huffman is a legit 7-footer from Central Michigan who was arguably the best player in Europe last season, leading Maccabi Tel-Aviv to the Suproleague championship. That's the same Huffman who has barely generated an NBA sniff this summer, much as he wants to come home, while backup big men like Nazr Mohammed, Calvin Booth and Todd MacCulloch rang up long-term millions.

What gives? Part of the problem is Huffman's demands; he wants more money and more years than any player with no NBA experience should expect. The other problem is that lack of NBA experience. "It's a known versus an unknown," said one Western Conference executive. "He's certainly one of the best players in Europe, especially among big men, but he still hasn't played an NBA game." Huffman is probably also hurt by the fact he has been playing in Israel, not a powerful domestic league like Spain, Greece or Italy. Given that Anthony Mason, Chris Gatling and Marc Jackson haven't landed new contracts yet, either, Huffman will probably have to wait a little longer.

He has the offensive game to play in the NBA but he has a lot to learn defensively. I suppose we could give him a shot but I heard the Pacers were also after him.
I heard the pacers signed him...
mythfaze
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9/4/2001  1:01 PM
All the nice things that are being said about this guy sound like what Layden was saying about Fredrick Weis...
Knixkik
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9/4/2001  5:56 PM
Posted by mythfaze:

All the nice things that are being said about this guy sound like what Layden was saying about Fredrick Weis...
It was Ed Tapscott who was the one that convinced Layden to draft Weis. Layden was ready to go with Ron Artest, but gave in. Obviously a bad move.
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9/9/2001  6:40 PM
we wouldnt have room for artest with spre and hosuton anyway. but then again, ron artest is better than nothing since weis aint comin to ny
A center rookie up for grabs?

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