Marcus Camby, born March 22, 1974 in Hartford, Connecticut is joining the New York Knicks for the second time in his career. Marcus will be a welcomed addition to the core players that surround Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony.
In his senior year at Hartford High School, Marcus averaged 27 points 11 rebounds 8 blocks and 8 assists per game with a perfect 27-0 record. He was named Connecticut Player of the Year. The question most media people and writers had was, can Marcus do this on the collegiate level.
Marcus enrolled at UMASS and was coached by John Calipari, an up and coming coach at the time. Camby was a block machine and led the Minuteman to a Final Four appearance in 1996. He recorded 43 blocks in 11 games setting a March Madness record.
Camby was selected 2nd overall in the 1996 draft by the Toronto Raptors. At 6’11”, Marcus was an immediate presence on the glass, along with his shot blocking abilities. Although Marcus was skinny and needed to add weight, he still established himself as a rookie.
He was traded to the New York Knicks in 1998. In his first tenure with NY, he came off the bench to help the Knicks to playoff appearances and one trip to the 98/99 NBA finals losing to the San Antonio Spurs. In 2002 with a hip injury, Marcus was traded in a draft day deal to the Denver Nuggets which turned out to be a bigger mistake than expected.
Joining Denver revitalized his career as he became one of the best re-bounders and shot blockers in the league during his 6 years there. He won Defensive Player of the Year in 2006/7 and had established himself as the player we all had wondered he could be back in high school.
In 2008 the “Train Kepta Rollin” and Marcus was on the move again, this time ending up in LA with the Clippers. Marcus now older, still had the skills from Denver, but could not log the minutes he once had. Marcus was bitter with the trade from the Nuggets and only lasted 2 years with LA.
In 2010 Marcus was traded AGAIN, this time to Portland where he was a fan favorite and settled in nicely. Camby liked the city and wanted to stay there for the rest of his playing days, but the “powers that be” had something else in store.
Once again Marcus was traded and this time it was the Houston Rockets. Where ever Marcus has gone, he has done a solid job, this time was no different. His contract came to an end and Marcus had the freedom to go anywhere he wanted. Where did he decide to go?
Marcus has come full circle as he re-joins the New York Knicks. What does this mean for this basketball team? This means defensive is a priority. NY can now have a defensive player at the center/power forward position for the entire 48 minutes of the game. Having his experience and knowledge in the locker room and game-time can be a boost for the entire team. What does this mean for Marcus? I believe now he can finish out his career with a contending team and try to help this GREAT city in raising the NBA trophy. Marcus has expressed what it means to be back in the orange and blue in the following words:
“Being a part of (the Knicks-Heat) rivalry for so long, so long, I obviously consider myself a Knick at heart and I just couldn’t see playing in any other uniform.”
These comments by Marcus will elevate him to a new high in New York. If there is one thing this city loves and desires is when the players give their Heart and Soul. The addition of Marcus Camby to this Knicks rotation is a blessing. We welcome him with open arms with the lofty goal of a number 1 defense.
Peter A. Knickswag Chief Editor