Preseason hasn’t even kicked off yet and we already have our first injury to the Knick veterans of 38 years and over - Marcus Camby strained his left calf in the 4th practice of training camp and will likely miss 7-10 days. This will cause Camby to sit out for the first two preaseason games – the Knicks play the Wizards on October 11 and the Celtics on October 13th. Hopefully this isn’t a step to the Knicks becoming part of the AARP club and needing geriatric medicine… this team by the way is only the oldest Knicks team in NBA history.
Entering his 17th NBA season, Camby has only played in more than 70 games three times. In his first four years with the Knicks back in 1999-2002, he played no more than 63 games, so let’s hope that the second time around will be less injury-filled. We all know he isn’t going to log 30 minutes a game, but he still has an important role to fill being the back-up for Tyson Chandler.
What I find most amusing about this whole situation is Camby himself told his teammates privately that he was surprised he received this offseason a 3 year – 13.3 million dollar contract (about 9.2 million guaranteed) knowing his injury history and it has already started. We have a good amount of money invested in the almost 40 year old Jason Kidd too, who has a 3 year 9.1 million dollar contract. He also needs to play an important role for the Knicks at the point guard spot. Even though he is going to come off the bench at the start of the season, he is very likely to finish out games and add that veteran experience when it matters most.
The signing of all these veterans in offseason could fair out two ways. They could stay healthy and provide solid minutes off the bench as they are crucial members to this Knicks squad and provide great leadership to the youngn’s, or their bodies won’t hold up causing a huge void in the Knicks bench and a total disaster by GM Gren Grunwald. Let’s obviously pray for the former and let this instance not cause worry to fans and the New York Knicks team. Most of all, let’s hope the signing of the players (who were alive at the time of President Nixon’s resignation in 1974), not come back and bite us in the end.