Two months ago, Marcus Camby signed a three-year contract with his former team, the New York Knicks. At the time, however, he was being recruited heavily by the Miami Heat who are still looking desperately for a legitimate center.
“I was on my way to Miami, about to go to the airport to go to Miami when I got the call from Allan [Houston],” Camby said. “I played with Allan for four years in New York, and he was like, ‘Just come, sit down and have a meeting with us.’ So I took the meeting with him and Coach [Mike Woodson] and they pretty much talked me out of going down to Miami to take that visit.”
Camby and Houston have a long history together going all the way back to their four years together on the Knicks and their championship run in ’99. If healthy, Camby still has a lot to offer on the defensive end of the floor. With current defensive player of the year, Tyson Chandler, and Camby now backing him up; the Knicks will have two shot blocking seven-footers on the floor, giving them the defensive presence that they need. The Knicks will have a whole new defensive identity this up and coming year and it may be the identity change that can push them further into the playoffs than ever before.