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Second MRI review shows Marcus Camby with meniscus tear, surgery next

Jan 19, 2011, 12:27 AM EDT

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When the official report came back on Marcus Camby’s MRI saying it was clean, we told you that the Blazers were wary and wanted their own team doctor to take a look at the films.

Turns out, with good reason.

A second review revealed partial medial meniscus tear in Camby’s left knee, and he will have surgery later this week the team announced.

“The MRI taken earlier today did not show anything significant,” said Blazers GM Rich Cho in a released statement. “However, a more thorough review tonight from our team physician did reveal a partial tear.”

The timetable for his return will be set after the surgery.

This will hurt the Blazers on the court, Camby is an anchor on defense and gives them 11 rebounds and nearly two blocked shots per game. In Camby’s place Nate McMillan said we may see Joel Przybilla, who had  knee surgery last March after falling in the shower during his rehab from another knee surgery in December 2009.

Camby also was a valuable trade asset for the Blazers, if they decided to go that route, but his value has now dropped.

Camby joins a lengthy list of injured Blazers this season that includes Greg Oden and Brandon Roy, the latter of which just had surgery on both knees Monday. The basketball gods have been particularly cruel to the Blazers.

  1. baboushka - Jan 19, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    How many players with wrecked knees, legs and cartilage will it take for before the Trailblazers wake up and realize that they are playing on a bad and flawed basketball floor. Something is terribly wrong in that building for this to keep happening. One time is a freak accident. 5-10 times is a serious problem. From Bill Walton-Maurice Lucas-Sam Bowie-Benoit Bengamin-Kevin Ducksworth-Clyde Drexler-Greg Oden-Pryzbilla-Brandon Roy-Marcus Camby. This is alarming! and it needs to be investigated by Blazer management and the NBA. There were other players of less consequence also affected. There are 2 common denominators here. They all had severe leg injuries and they all played regularly on the same surface. Drexler claimed that his legs wearing out in Portland was a contributing factor in his desire to return to Texas at the end of his career.

    I obviously can’t prove my theory. But it is this. I believe that floor is not uniformly level from one end to the next. So players jum a certain way, always expecting to land a certain way. But the smallest of errors in their perceived distance (from top to bottom) causes them to land with more or less force. Multiply this effect over time and add in perhaps some preexisting physical conditions, and you could have a toxic brew. Someone needs to do a complete surface analysis of the Trailblazers floor. Or i believe this will continue to occur there.

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