Marcus Camby misses 2-4 weeks with foot injury
An MRI performed Friday revealed Marcus Camby suffered a strained plantar fascia in the left foot.
"It's another setback, but we've got to keep it moving," said New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson of Marcus Camby’s foot injury. "We'll get him back rehabbed again and then try to get him back out on the floor when we can."
The 38-year-old Marcus Camby started the last four games at power forward for an already short-handed New York Knicks lineup that was missing Rasheed Wallace (due to stressed reaction in the left foot) while Amar’e Stoudemire has been limited to 30 minutes of the bench. However, Amar’e Stoudemire has been giving all the positive signs of recovery playing his first back-to back games this season since returning from left knee surgery.
So far, Mike Woodson had liked the chemistry between Marcus Camby and Tyson Chandler in the frontcourt. But with Marcus Camby set to miss Friday’ game against the Chicago Bulls (19-14)at Madison Square Garden, Mike Woodson started Jason Kid (point guard), James White (shooting guard), Carmelo Anthony and moved Kurt Thomas to the starting power forward spot. The fact that the New York Knicks (23-12) had to add 40-year-old Kurt Thomas in the starting lineup goes to show how depleted the roster is while their aging stars deal with injuries.
In wake of the piling injuries, the New York Knicks could be looking at the free agent market to add a veteran big man. According to league sources, the New York Knicks have seemed interest in 35-year-old free agent Kenyon Martin. But Mike Woodson snubbed those rumors on Friday saying that the New York Knicks intended to “sit tight” at the moment and there had been no talk with the team executives towards, making free agency moves.
Marcus Camby had played 14 games since his return, before he aggravated the foot injury in Thursday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers. He sustained the injury while making a drive for layup and landing awkwardly on his left foot, early in the third quarter. Marcus Camby walked off to the locker room at the end of Thursday’s game in a foot brace and crutches.
"I did something to my foot again like I did earlier in the year ... I drove and felt a sharp pain in the bottom of my foot similar to before," stated Marcus Camby.
Sadly, Marcus Camby was in the midst of his best game this season when the injury occurred. Marcus Camby had seven points and seven rebounds when made an early exit in Thursday’s game.