August 29th 2008: The Frederic Weis era officially ends
Frederic Weis officially ended his Knicks career, or lack there-of, on this date when GM Donnie Walsh traded his draft rights to the Houston Rockets for Patrick Ewing Jr.
Weis only suited up for a few summer league games after he was drafted 15th overall in the 1999 NBA Draft. He was chosen above NY’s own Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace) and several other players who made more immediate impacts in the league. Artest infamously got drunk the night before his scheduled workout with the Knicks, which is why the team did not draft him. However, the Knicks saw Weis as a potential frontcourt piece.
Unfortunately, while then-interim GM Ed Tapscott drafted Weis, he didn’t seek the input of his coach, Jeff Van Gundy. Van Gundy had no interest in ever developing Weis. Weis felt intimidated by the NBA the moment he stepped foot in Summer League. He never stepped foot on an American basketball court.
Of course, we can’t forget the moment when Vince Carter dunked over him in the 2000 Olympics. The culmination of all these factors led to a downward spiral in Weis’ personal life.
This trade ended up being more of a symbol than anything. In Ewing Jr., the Knicks brought back the Big Fella’s son for a handful of preseason games. Due to roster constraints, the Knicks cut him before the 2008-09 season. He jumped around between the then-Knicks G-League affiliate (Reno Bighorns) and several other teams in the G-League before embarking on a short career overseas.
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