Marcus Camby's Contract Hurts New York Knicks

By joshuaneedelman
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The last time the New York Knicks were in the NBA Finals, in 1999, Marcus Camby was regularly electrifying Madison Square Garden with blocked shots.

The former second-overall pick in the 1996 draft had a solid stint with the Knicks from 1998-2002, averaging 10.13 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks. He then went to the Denver Nuggets, where he won NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2007.

After bouncing around the league for a few years, the Knicks decided to bring the veteran back last off-season. Camby was supposed to come off the bench and occasionally spell Tyson Chandler in 2012-2013.

The center’s 39-year-old-body had other plans, though. Camby spent the better part of last season not fending off opposing shots, but a number of ailments. He struggled to amass any semblance of a consistent run. Given that he was only expected to be a backup, his inconsistency wouldn’t normally be considered a big deal — but the fact that he earned $4.5 million last year gives credence to that assertion, however.

Camby is still under contract for the following two seasons, and will be paid over $8.5 million during that tenure. Despite his persistent injury problems, he has no plans to retire.

“The game plan is still the same,” Camby’s agent, Richard Kaplan, told “There’s no reason to believe he won’t be back and won’t take on a greater role next season.”

Unless the aging big-man can overcome his seemingly never-ending injury spell, his contract will continue to haunt the Knicks.

Joshua Needelman is a New York Knicks writer for Follow him on Twitter at @JoshNeedelman. “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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