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October 30th 2002: The New York Knicks sign Lee Nailon
The New York Knicks signed Lee Nailon to a one-year contract to address a gaping hole at the forward position with Latrell Sprewell out for the first 5 games of the regular season with a hand injury and Antonio McDyess out for the entire season with a knee injury. Nailon, then 27, sought to provide the youthful energy the Knicks sorely lacked.
The South Bend, Indiana native, akin to a particular presidential candidate1, had the braids that set him alike to Spree while also being one of the earlier Knicks to partake in the headband game. Nailon was a walking bucket early on in the Knicks season, and even proclaimed he would be an All-Star given more minutes, but his inability to defended frustrated Don Chaney and quickly sent him to the end of the bench once Spree returned to the lineup.
Overall, Nailon played 38 games with the Knicks and averaged 5.5 points/game in 10.7 minutes/game. After his tenure with the Knicks, Nailon bounced around 5 different teams over the next 3 seasons before embarking on an overseas career through the end of the 2000s.
Recently, Nailon spent his summers playing with the Ghost Ballers in the Big3.
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