It seems like it was just last season that Marcus Camby was donning the blue and oran – wait…it was last season? A 39-year old Camby played 24 games with the Knicks last season, but one year later, he’s enjoying his first season of retirement. Today, Turn On The Knicks is wishing him a Happy 40th Birthday with some of our favorite highlights from his five-year stay in New York.
Camby was supposed to be the next in line once Patrick Ewing rode off into the sunset. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned, and he was shipped out of town before truly getting an opportunity to succeed. Still, Camby is remembered by Knicks fans for his defensive prowess, and in particular, for stepping up and guiding the 1999 New York Knicks to the NBA Finals when they lost Ewing to injury.
Injury problems of his own plagued Camby while in New York, and became the theme of his entire career. He missed over 100 games in his original four-year stay with the team and played in just 29 games in the season before he was traded. In retrospect, the Knicks gave up on him too soon. The former second-overall pick flashed so much potential at times, and had a definite impact not only as a shotblocker, but more importantly, as a shot-changer. He went on to become one of the top rim protectors in the league in an era where legitimate centers suddenly became hard to come by.
In New York, Camby averaged 9.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game. He tried out for the Houston Rockets at the beginning of this season, but failed to make the team. If it ever came down to it, Knicks fans would be more than happy to have him back.
From all of us at TOK, Happy 40th, Marcus!