Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Practice Report: Woody says Camby 'close'
By Jared Zwerling
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- After Tuesday's practice, Mike Woodson hinted that backup center Marcus Camby is nearing a return soon.
"Camby's getting close," the coach said. "He scrimmaged a little today."
However, he wouldn't make any guarantees that Camby would play on Friday against the Wizards. The backup center has missed the past month and a half with a strained left plantar.
As far as Rasheed Wallace's recovery, Woodson continues to maintain a "don't know" approach.
Knicks veteran Marcus Camby could return sooner than later.
ADDING DEPTH: Recently, Woodson has been going with a nine-man rotation, but he would like to bump it up to 10 to balance out some of the minutes. The key? Kenyon Martin.
"K-Mart can probably help that matter once he's acclimated to what we're doing," Woodson said. "I'll feel good about extending it to 10 because it gives me another body. If Camby or Rasheed was in the picture, it would definitely have been extended to 10."
After practice, Tyson Chandler raved about Martin's defensive versatility.
"He's going to bring a lot," the All-Star center said. "K-Mart is the type of the guy that we can switch him in a lot of good positions. He's great in pick-and-roll sets, great with trapping and he's athletic."
Woodson was non-committal in regards to Martin's status for Wednesday night's game against Golden State. The power forward is currently on a 10-day contract.
BACK AT IT: Chandler said the team's intense practices at the start of the season were fuel behind their early success, and they want to get back to that.
"Coming out in training camp, we were so focused, playing hard. We had the right mindset," he said. "It's tough with all the injuries we've had and the scheduling. So to have practices like (today), hopefully we can get some momentum out of it."
NO BIGGIE: Chandler picked up his 10th technical foul of the season on Sunday when he pushed 76ers center Spencer Hawes, but he doesn't think the total amount is a big deal.
"I don't know. It's probably my average," he said. "I've been trying to stay away from it, but I couldn't really control the last one."
Players are suspended one game upon being issued their 16th technical. Then once they reach 16, each two additional technical fouls (18, 20, 22, etc.) result in a one-game suspension.
THE GOATEE: Woodson has a personal barber who maintains his trademark goatee to perfection. Now, he has his own personal T-shirt, which he wore during Tuesday's practice. Check it out here.
ENEMY LINES: Here's Chandler's assessment of the improved Warriors, the sixth seed in the Western Conference:
"It's a very talented young team across the board," he said. "They play well together, they move off the ball, they're very explosive offensively, they have great shooters. It's going to be a tough challenge. They're a good team this year, and well-coached."