Knicks’ Camby has plantar fasciitis, ruled out against Bobcats, Heat
The New York Knicks are looking to shut him down for a few weeks, and Marcus Camby has been told to “see how it feels and get it calmed down.’’ However, Marcus Camby believes the foot injury won’t keep him sidelined for long.
"A couple of days," said Marcus Camby on Wednesday. "(I'm receiving) treatment and then we'll see how I am in a couple of days."
That means that the countless New York Knicks fans, who’ve at certain instances resorted to calling out for Marcus Camby even at garbage time, won’t see the man who’s supposed to take some burden off Tyson Chandler play against the Charlotte Bobcats tonight and then the Miami Heat on Thursday.
After signing a three-year contract with the New York Knicks last July, Marcus Camby has played a limited role in his second season. So far, Marcus Camby has played only six games this season, after missing most of preseason with a strained calf (sustained during training camp) and now again being sidelined what the New York Knicks initially called a sore foot. Even when Marcus Camby has been healthy (between the calf and foot injuries) he’s played reduced minutes, with New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson choosing to go with smaller lineups.
"It's tough," Marcus Camby acknowledged difficulty dealing with his lack of playtime. "I've been a starter like 15, 16 straight years. It's tough when you want to be out there.”
However, Marcus Camby’s absence hasn’t been a huge hit to the New York Knicks depth. Rasheed Wallace has at times delivered a spark at scoring, Kurt Thomas has remained upbeat, and Mike Woodson has even appeared eager to give rookie Chris Copeland minutes over the veteran Marcus Camby. Plus, Amar’e Stoudemire is just weeks away from a return, which means Marcus Camby’s role could be further reduced.
“The bigger scheme of things is we're playing well,” stated Marcus Camby, “Amar'e (Stoudemire) and (Iman) Shumpert are around the corner and things are only going to get better.”
However, in some good news for the New York Knicks, point guard Jason Kidd is expected to play against the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday after missing the last four games with a back injury.
And although Amar’e Stoudemire will be travelling with the New York Knicks for Thursday’s game against the Miami Heat, Mike Woodson still isn’t sure when the big man will be ready to practice, let alone play this season.
"That I don't know," Mike Woodson said about Amar’e Stoudemire’s possible return date. "Amar'e is back on the floor, he's shooting and he's still running and things of that nature.”
"If I do hear something good we'll get him out and get him going to the point where he is practicing,” added Mike Woodson. “The next step is for him to be able to cut, push and do things of that nature and I don't think he's at that point."