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Rockets’ Marcus Camby out weeks with torn plantar fascia

Oct 9, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

Marcus Camby AP

Sadly, it wouldn’t feel like an NBA season without a Marcus Camby injury report.

The veteran big man is now in Houston to back up Dwight Howard, but he will not be able to do that for at least a couple weeks — and more likely a couple months — due to a torn plantar fascia in his foot, he told the Houston Chronicle.

“My plantar fascia is torn,” Camby said. “I’m trying to do whatever I can to avoid surgery. We’re just going to rehab it and see how it goes in the next two weeks and take it from there. We don’t want to rehab it and nurse it and have it still be lingering. That is something I’m going to sit back and figure out and definitely look toward long term, as the season progresses to the second half of the season. I have to be smart about it.”

Camby, 39, played in just 24 games last season for the Knicks, and 59 each the two seasons before that due to a wheelbarrow full of injuries.

Which sadly is to say the Rockets had to expect something like this.

This leaves a four man rotation along the front line for the Rockets: Howard, Omer Asik, Greg Smith and Donatas Motiejunas. While we hear a lot of talk about the Rockets maybe trading Asik they are not deep enough up front to make that an easy call. Especially with Camby out.

  1. cruzan80 - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    But the Knicks got worse by trading him & Novak for Bargnani….right?

    • legend30 - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      You forgot to mention they traded a 2014 first round pick for him.

  2. cruzan80 - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    That will most likely be in the 20’s….

  3. coryfor3 - Oct 10, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    That’ll heal right up. Especially for a 39 year old.

  4. casualcommenter - Oct 10, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    Well that sucks. If Camby isn’t reliable, then it’s more likely they’ll keep Asik as a high quality backup, both due to allow Howard to play more aggressively and because of Howard’s injury history.

  5. stayhigh_247 - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    somebody give him his gold watch, so he can retire. it’s time! Camby has always been one of my favorite players dating back to the Calipari, UMass days, but his body can hold up anymore i.e Rasheed Wallace. Miami would have been a better situation, because he could of potentially got a ring on the way out. I meand dam, Eddie Curry got a ring and he doesn’t, thats gotta sting

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