Marcus Camby Will Make New York Knicks Season Debut on Friday

Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

Without Marcus Camby, the New York Knicks have done a remarkable job defensively, but his presence will certainly be welcomed.

Despite allowing the fewest points per game, the Knicks still have to worry about Tyson Chandler and his reputation for being foul prone. Chandler had five fouls against the Miami Heat, but had a total of four in back-to-back games against the Philadelphia 76ers, who were without Andrew Bynum for either game.

Kurt Thomas was the player the Knicks relied on to give Chandler a break while Camby was out trying to recover a calf injury. It’s unknown how much of a role Camby will have in his regular season debut with the Knicks, but he should become Chandler’s primary backup as the season goes on.

“He’s got to learn our coverages and get a little sharper there,” said head coach Mike Woodson, “but I thought overall he was pretty active and got up and down the floor, did all of our drills. He’s smart enough. He’ll pick things up. We’ll keep drilling and we’ll take it a day at a time. A lot of it is still conditioning and maintaining something during his running. So we’ll see.”

Watching from the sideline, Camby likes what he sees on the court. He believes they’re on the right track to competing for a championship.

“I see a lot of open shots that we get and a lot of open, uncontested 3s,” Camby said. “With the team that can shoot like we got, I think its money every time. The guys have been out there playing exceptionally well. I mean, guys are laughing, having a good time out there, making the game easy for one another, and that’s the way the game should be played.

“We’re all playing for one. We don’t really care who gets the shine or gets the credit. We’re all buying into the common goal thus far this season, so the most important thing for us right now is to be consistent.”

Camby will play his first game of the season on Friday at 7:30 p.m. when the Knicks will host the Dallas Mavericks.

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