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Marcus Camby was having a hard time with the idea of putting on a Heat jersey

Sep 9, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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The Heat were locked in a tough free agent bidding war for Ray Allen at the same time they were pushing for Marcus Camby. Allen became their priority, and while that was happening, Camby slipped up to New York and rejoined the Knicks. In an interview with Newsday, Camby admits that the idea of playing for his former rival didn’t sit well with him.

“I knew that it would have been very hard for me to put on that Miami Heat uniform, especially all the battles we used to have back in the days with Houston and those guys,” he said. “I’m happy things worked out.”

via Marcus Camby returns to Knicks with ‘Yes We Can’ attitude.

What’s funny is we heard almost the exact same thing from Steve Nash about joining the Lakers a month before he… joined the Lakers. Had the Heat put the full-court press on and put more money towards him, that’s where Camby would have been, most likely. It might have been difficult, but he would have gotten over it for the money and a shot at the title. But this works out for everyone, as Camby may actually be a better fit with New York.

His addition has been underrated by many when looking forward to next season. He’s going to provide the Knicks with legitimate big depth, which they haven’t had in years, and will bring them another defender at the rim behind Tyson Chandler. It works out well for everyone, even the Heat, who continue to go down the road of smaller and faster.

  1. eflem80 - Sep 9, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Never thought for a minute Camby would sign with the Heat. The lakers/suns “rivalry” isnt anywhere close to what the Knicks & Heat had while Camby was a Knick…They genuinely hated each other. Riley Leaving the Knicks to go coach the heat, fights, suspensions, 1st round upsets, ect. Other than playing in the same division…I don’t know what rivalry even really exist between the lakers and suns.

    • money2long - Sep 9, 2012 at 6:01 PM

      i was going to comment on this same thing, looked thru ur comment and seen how you shared my exact same sentiments. in other words…ditto.

  2. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Sep 9, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    But he did. So his inner turmoil doesn’t matter.

    • money2long - Sep 9, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      there are enough question marks i could type to express how baffling your comment is

      • money2long - Sep 9, 2012 at 6:22 PM

        aren’t*

  3. miamatt - Sep 9, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    One thing he won’t have to grapple with is having a hard time putting on a championship ring.

    • guyaneserj - Sep 9, 2012 at 9:39 PM

      LOL! True

  4. phillyoldhead - Sep 9, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Marcus who?

  5. jazzman23 - Sep 10, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    COME ON MAN! I hope the person who wrote this story didn’t believe him. Camby is broke is the only reason. Any smart business man would have at least visited the heat, but he chose not to even visit to at least put pressure on someone to give him more money. I may not be the smartest man in the world, but knowing that the only weakness for a team who just one the championship, is not having a legit center, but decide go to a team that has no chance to win a NBA title this year, unless it’s about the money…

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