Monday, May 20, 2013
Agent: Camby was healthy for Pacers series
By Jared Zwerling
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Add Marcus Camby only playing 12 seconds against the Pacers to the head-scratching moves Knicks coach Mike Woodson made in the series.
Marcus Camby was a non-factor in the Knicks-Pacers series.
While the Pacers outrebounded the Knicks by 52 over six games, Camby was sitting on the bench pain-free, according to his agent, Richard Kaplan.
"He has been healthy for a while now. I'm not sure why he didn't play," Kaplan told ESPNNewYork.com. Camby had been suffering from plantar fasciitis in his left foot down the stretch of the regular season.
Adding to the confusion, Tyson Chandler said Monday that his "strength and physical presence" were lacking against the Pacers, after having lost 10 pounds from the flu. Woodson preferred to play small ball for more offense, but the Knicks could've used Camby.
Camby, 39, who's signed through 2015, will likely return next season. "He's under contract and there is no question they can use him, so one would expect he'd be back," Kaplan said.
• So what's next for some of the other Knicks? ESPNNewYork.com was at the Knicks' practice facility on Monday to collect information.
"He made a huge step forward as a basketball player," Anthony said. "For him to come out, win the [Sixth Man Award], helping us to win a division title, helping us to win 50-plus games, he was a big part to this team. I definitely would love him back here."
Kenyon Martin: When asked to put his GM hat on, Martin said, "If I say anything, it's bring Kenyon back."
Martin said he's "got a lot in the tank" and would "love to be back."
"I think I proved to people I can still play at a high level," he said. "I had a great time here. Everything's first class, the best team I played on, one of the best-run organizations -- the way they treat the guys -- that I've been around."
Jason Kidd: He's signed through 2015, but hasn't confirmed whether he's returning. His teammates aren't sure of his plans, either.
"I don’t know where his mind is right now," Chandler said. "I think right now everything is so emotional. We're fresh off the series. It's hard to get that out of your mind, especially being a competitor. But I think he should take some time with his family."
Chris Copeland: Copeland, who is from New Jersey and developed well in his rookie season with the Knicks, wants to return.
"To be here has been a dream come true, but to stay here, this place means the world to me," he said. "This is the first team to really give me a shot and give me a chance."
Copeland knows his free-agent value has increased -- "I've grown being under [Woodson's] wing," he said -- but the forward said he's not money-driven.
"If you look at my career overseas, I've never chased the highest bidder. I've never been that guy," he said. "When I'm comfortable, I usually tend to stay in one situation. Finance plays a part, but I have a lot of emotional ties here."