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Allan Houston Retires...

Discussion in 'Sports' started by rudebwoy, Oct 17, 2005.

  1. rudebwoy

    rudebwoy TRIBE Member

    Houston retires, still gets paid, and still screws over Isiah/knicks w/ his insured contract...

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2194071

    NEW YORK -- Knicks sweet-shooting guard Allan Houston, whose knee problems and long-term contract created a league rule named after him, retired Monday.

    Houston, 34, had played in just 70 games over the last two seasons as a result of an arthritic left knee that did not respond to surgery and treatment. After playing just 20 games last season, he vowed to return to action this season but could not.

    "My career as an NBA player and member of the New York Knicks must unfortunately come to an end," Houston said in a statement. "Over the last two years, I have done everything I could possibly do to get back on the court, but injuries to my knee would not allow me to do it."

    As the face of the franchise at the time, Houston was signed to a six-year, $100 million contract in August 2001. He is still owed nearly $40 million through 2007, including $19.125 million this season.

    As part of the new collective bargaining agreement, teams were allowed this summer to waive one player whose salary would not count against luxury tax computations. It was called the "Amnesty Rule" but became known as the "Allan Houston Rule."

    However, the Knicks were hopeful that Houston could return and instead waived forward Jerome Williams, saving approximately $20 million in luxury tax payments over the next three years.

    The team must still pay Houston, whose contract reportedly is insured and whose salary comes off the salary cap next year.

    Houston wanted to test his knee in training camp this year before deciding whether to retire. The shooting guard wasn't participating in the full workload of two-a-days his teammates were running, but had been encouraged by early results.

    Houston, considered the Knicks' best player a few years back, hasn't consistently displayed the smooth shooting stroke that earned him more than $150 million worth of contracts over a 12-year NBA career.

    Chronic knee soreness ended Houston's season Jan. 19, causing him to miss New York's final 44 games, and he averaged only 11.9 points while shooting 41 percent from the field -- his lowest numbers since his rookie season of 1993-94.

    Houston's last good year came in 2002-03 when he averaged a career-high 22.5 points.

    Houston, 34, played the last nine of his 12 seasons in the NBA with the Knicks. He posted a career average of 17.3 points per game, and a career-playoff average of 19.3 points in 63 postseason appearances.

    He was to earn $40 million over the final two years of his contract. Houston was the last player remaining from the Knicks' team that reached the NBA Finals in 1999.
     
  2. KickIT

    KickIT TRIBE Member

    Isiah's own damn fault for not invoking the "Houston Clause".

    *c*
     
  3. terrawrist III

    terrawrist III TRIBE Member

    sucks.

    he was dope in "black and white"
     
  4. dicksherwood

    dicksherwood TRIBE Member

    one of my top five slept on movies

    he had a good career, got to the finals, got mad paid...maybe not a hall famer but he sure earned like one
     
  5. terrawrist III

    terrawrist III TRIBE Member

    you must not watch a lot of movies then?;)

    kidding...it's pretty good especially that improvised Tyson freak out scene:D
     
  6. StarvinMarvin

    StarvinMarvin TRIBE Member

    thank god he's gotta be up there with one of the most boring players to watch in the NBA

    decent career but GET THE FUCK OUT!
     
  7. dicksherwood

    dicksherwood TRIBE Member

    hehehe, with robert downey jr. so good "please don't make mad, pleeeease"

    bball, claudia schiffer, other cute naked girls, mr. meth, drugs...that's a guaranteed winner in my books
     
  8. fleaflo

    fleaflo TRIBE Member

    Fucking travesty. The Knicks could have knocked 40mil off their salary cap. Total fucking travesty.
     
  9. kla.c

    kla.c TRIBE Member

    One of the purest jump shots in the game. I loved seeing Houston shoot the ball.
     
  10. miller

    miller TRIBE Member

    meh.

    beautiful shot....too bad he was so plagued
     
  11. terrawrist III

    terrawrist III TRIBE Member

    2 words: Bijou phillips
     

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