Chad Ford Chat on Darko & Francis
Most of the chat covers Darko & Francis.
Includes these tidbits on Darko:
The good news is that I think Orlando is the right place for him to try. Small market. Bad team. Nothing to lose. And he's paired up in the frontcourt with a budding superstar, Dwight Howard. If he ever finds himself, Orlando got a steal and will have one of the biggest frontcourts in the league. But it's still a big if right now.
And on Francis going to NY:
Is there any other team dumb enough to take Steve Francis off their hands? A deal that sends Francis, Keyon Dooling and DeShawn Stevenson for Penny Hardaway's expiring contract and Jamal Crawford works. I know Orlando is still trying to see if their willing to put up with Crawford's shoot first, ask questions later approach to basketball ... but at least they get some major salary relief and can move on with a nice young core. As for the Knicks, I haven't talked to anyone who thinks it's a good idea to pair Francis and Marbury together in the backcourt. Say it can't get any worse? Yes it can? I can see Francis and Marbury coming to blows at mid-court over who gets to over dribble the ball for the first 20 seconds of the shot clock.