Saturday, December 1, 2012
Camby OK with sitting
By Ian Begley
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Garden fans chanted Marcus Camby's name during the third and fourth quarters on Friday, hoping to see the 38-year-old veteran take the floor late in New York's blowout win over Washingon.
But Camby never got off the bench.
For the second straight game and the sixth time in the 12 games that he's been healthy, Camby was a DNP.
Initially, Mike Woodson said Camby needed to improve his conditioning after the forward missed all of training camp with a calf injury.
But Camby on Saturday said, "I feel I'm in great shape."
Stoudemire and Shumpert were running full court sprints and working on quick-twitch movements by leaping over cones in the latest progression in both players' rehabilitation from knee injuries.
Stoudemire had arthroscopic knee surgery in early November and is targeting a return around Christmas. Shumpert is recovering from offseason surgery on a torn ACL and hopes to be back in January.
Once both players return, Woodson will be forced to shuffle his lineup to find minutes for players like Ronnie Brewer, J.R. Smith, Wallace and Camby, who will have to make room for Stoudemire and Shumpert.
Smith says it's on the players to accept the reduction in playing time.
"When those two guys get back, all hell will break loose. The toughest job is probably going to be on coach -- who to play, what positions and situations," the Knicks reserve guard said. "As players we got to be professional about it when they come back. Guys' minutes are going to be cut. We just have to be professional about it and understand we all have the same goal."
NO KIDD:Jason Kidd was at the Knicks practice facility rehabbing his back but will not play in Sunday's game against Phoenix. Kidd has missed the Knicks' last three games due to lower back spasms. He hopes to return sometime during the Knicks' three-game road trip, which begins Wednesday against the Bobcats.