Knicks’ David Lee and Larry Hughes Thriving Despite Uncertain Futures

December 9th, 2009 by Keith Schlosser Leave a reply »

Three months ago, David Lee was a free agent without a home, and Larry Hughes was looking ahead to an unfortunate season riding the pine.

After testing the free agent waters and almost signing with the Trail Blazers, Lee returned to New York after agreeing to a one-year pact with the Knicks worth $7 million.

Hughes, on the other hand, must have been counting down the days until his contract would run out at the end of this season. There was not much hope for the Knicks this season, and Hughes was expected to be benched in favor of the Knicks’ young talent.

Fast forward to December and the two are leading the charge in the Knicks’ renaissance.

Lee appears tougher than ever before, holding his own against bigger defenders. In another season where the 6-9 Lee is matched up with the league’s taller centers, Lee has been more aggressive, averaging more points with a higher field goal percentage.

After being held out in the Knicks’ first two contests, Hughes has fought his way back ...

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