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Thursday, November 1, 2012
Camby takes shot at Nets fans

By Ian Begley

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The postponed Knicks-Nets game at the Barclays Center was supposed to be an unveiling for the Nets' new $1 billion arena.

But not to Marcus Camby.

To Camby, it would have been a home game for the Knicks.

The veteran center took a subtle shot at Nets fans on Thursday when he cracked that there would have been more Knicks fans than Nets fans on hand at the Barclays Center.

"Well, it was going to be a home game for us tonight too," Camby said of Thursday's opener, which was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy and rescheduled for Nov. 26.

Since the NBA released its schedule over the summer, many have wondered how many Knicks fans would show up to the Barclays Center for Knicks-Nets.

When the Nets were in New Jersey, their arena would be flooded by Knicks fans.

Camby was a part of some of those Knicks teams, playing a stint in New York from 1998-99 to 2001-02.

MARCUS WILL SUIT UP FRIDAY: Mike Woodson said that Camby will be in uniform on Friday against Miami. But it's unclear if he'll set foot on the floor.

Camby practiced in full on Wednesday and Thursday for the first time since suffering a calf injury in the first week of the preseason. The Knicks originally thought Camby would be out 7-10 days, but he ended up missing 24 days of camp.

"I'll be available some (on Friday)," Camby said. "It'll be up to coach to see how he uses me."

Said Woodson: "He hasn't really had any court time so we'll just have to gauge and and see how things go throughout the course of the game."

NO WORD ON LINEUP: Woodson said he'd wait until Friday morning to determine his lineup.

If the lineup the Knicks used late in Thursday's practice is any indication, the Knicks may go small against Miami. And that makes sense, considering the Heat play predominantly with a smaller lineup.

On Thursday, Jason Kidd and Ronnie Brewer were working with the starting unit. In that lineup, Carmelo Anthony would likely line up at power forward.

Anthony thrived at the power forward spot last April when Amar'e Stoudemire was out with a back injury. He led the Knicks to a 9-4 record and earned Eastern Conference Player of the Month honors.

Stoudemire, of course, will be sidelined for the first 6-8 weeks of the season following left knee surgery.

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