Saturday , Oct , 20 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Allan Houston’s Four Best Options After Quitting New York Knicks

“After much consideration, I have decided to end my comeback with the Knicks. While my body and my knees, in particular, feel fine, I know what’s required for me to be truly effective in the NBA again, and it involves a timing and progression that would not be fair to Isiah and the Knicks right now” …

Allan Houston released this statement announcing the end of his comeback with the New York Knicks:

"After much consideration, I have decided to end my comeback with the Knicks. While my body and my knees, in particular, feel fine, I know what’s required for me to be truly effective in the NBA again, and it involves a timing and progression that would not be fair to Isiah and the Knicks right now. With the season opening less than two weeks away, I think it’s best for the team to move on without me. I appreciate the opportunity that Isiah and the Knicks have given me, and I wish the team nothing but success." (from www.knicks.com)

My Quick Take: Houston officially pulled the plug on his comeback with the . But did it ever really start? The classy two-guard joined the club two weeks into training camp and New York coach/GM Isiah Thomas gave Houston no chance of making the squad, telling reporters journeyman Fred Jones had the inside track on the last guard spot.

So where does Houston go from here? Well, let’s look at his options:

1) Houston, for whatever reason, wanted to play for the Knicks. If this is still the case, he could continue working out privately and try filling-in as a replacement for an injured player. This option may seem unlikely, but Houston’s statement leaves the door open to returning by using the words "right now."

2) Houston, if he wants to stay within the Knick organization, could land a job in the front office. But what job would he get? Would James Dolan, the team’s owner, hire Houston as an assistant  or bring him in to replace Isiah Thomas as GM?

3) Houston could try and land a roster spot with another NBA team. His best option may be across the Hudson River, where the Nets had interest in his services this past summer. And could certainly use another shooter to spread the floor and keep opposing defenses from leeching on their big three.

4) Houston was a pretty decent analyst for ESPN. If nothing he likes is immediately available, Houston could return to the broadcast booth and wait for the right opportunity on-court or in the executive suite.

What’s Allan Houston’s best option? Get at us in the comment box below with your thoughts.

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