NBA Rumors: Activating Eddy Curry Would Be Desperation Move by Miami Heat

Alex KayCorrespondent IJanuary 16, 2012

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 12:  Eddy Curry #34 of the Miami Heat poses during media day at American Airlines Arena on December 12, 2011 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Miami Heat are apparently interested in activating Eddy Curry to the roster to try to change their fortunes.

Ira Winderman, reporter for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, first broke the news on his Twitter feed.

It’s a sign that the Heat are desperate to inject some life into their roster, especially at the center position.

Coach Erik Spoelstra made the decision to bench Joel Anthony in the second half of a loss to the Denver Nuggets on Friday and used Dexter Pittman in his place for some of that time, and he went with a smaller lineup for much of the game.

Neither center was effective at defending the paint, and the team lost by 13 points.

Is Eddy Curry going to change anything?

Spoelstra is hoping so after he had a reported strong showing at practice. However, he has not seen the court this season, as he has been dealing with a bruised hip.

The last time Curry actually saw the floor during an NBA game was back in December of 2009, when he logged four minutes, missed two shots, picked up a foul and hit one of two free throws against the Chicago Bulls as a member of the New York Knicks.

It is never good news when a team is hoping someone widely regarded as a major disappointment throughout his career is going to be relied on to somehow reverse their fortunes.

Curry has spent a lot of time on the bench during his career, for a good reason.
Curry has spent a lot of time on the bench during his career, for a good reason.Nick Laham/Getty Images

Miami has lost three straight games and may be without Dwyane Wade for quite some time as he recovers from a multitude of injuries.

LeBron James has been struggling in the fourth quarter of games, as has become customary, and Chris Bosh isn’t the dominant player he needs to be when everyone else is struggling.

The team is clearly still going through growing pains and will be fine for another postseason run if they can get healthy, but they made a grave mistake of not finding more reliable big men in the offseason.

LeBron, Wade and Bosh can get you to the Finals in a down year, as they proved in 2010-11, but with Chicago breathing down their neck and a host of other teams sprouting up as contenders in the East, they will find they need to add a truly skilled center to compete.

The Heat should eventually win a title with their Big Three, but they may need to wait another season and get a center to finally break through.