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Report: Rockets to release Marcus Camby

Oct 27, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

Marcus Camby AP

If there’s one element of professional sports people consistently overlook, it’s how significant and unavoidable aging is. As players get in to their 30s, their production declines. The later into their 30s, the more drastic the decline.

Of course, there are exceptions, and people cling to those, because the exceptions are far more visible than the athletes who fit the typical pattern. The exceptions play a lot and play well. Many of the typical players fall out of the league completely.

It’s cold, but it’s also reality.

So, I couldn’t understand those who expected Marcus Camby to contribute significantly to the Rockets. He couldn’t get healthy at 38, and his odds of doing so at 39 were only lower.

Now, it seems Camby’s latest injury will end his Houston tenure and, likely, his career.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

A healthy and productive Camby would have been a nice luxury for the Rockets, but they’ll be fine without him. Dwight Howard is the NBA’s best center, and with the exception of Detroit (Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond) and possibly Cleveland (Andrew Bynum and Anderson Varejao), no team has a better second center than Houston does with Omer Asik.

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The Rockets are left with $884,293 of dead weight stuck on their books, and Camby is out $600,493 (unless he gets another contract). That’s not ideal for either Houston or Camby, but if Camby comes back as a player-development coach, this story could still have a happy ending.

Expect Camby to help in that role? I’m with you. His age won’t matter there.

  1. timb12 - Oct 27, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    I hate to see this happen. I loved him when he was on the Rockets a couple of years ago. I hope he finds a role with the team in some capacity.

  2. ringjames - Oct 27, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    This dummy should’ve signed with the Heat when he had the chance.

    First, he chose the Knicks over the Heat… then the Knicks dropped him
    the Heat wanted him after they dropped him and he chose the Rockets over them… now the Rockets dropped him.

    he better not come crawling to Miami, ain’t no leeching off the Heat for rings lol

  3. thekingdave - Oct 27, 2013 at 3:29 PM


    He’s hurt and needs surgery which will knock him out the majority of the season given his age. What part of that do you not comprehend?

  4. 00maltliquor - Oct 27, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Is anyone gonna join in that Fantasy Draft they keep putting up?

    • dondada10 - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      I think that “announcement” in the middle of articles is bush league.

  5. ddarqwon - Oct 27, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    It’s been a nice run MC. Call it a day and get your “Juwon Howard” on.

    • casualcommenter - Oct 27, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      As Jalen Rose says, “Keep cashing dem checks!”

  6. redbaronx - Oct 27, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    It’s been a great career Marcus!

  7. stephenolszewski - Oct 27, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    He’s had a nice career, too bad he had all the injuries he’s had

  8. dman5599 - Oct 27, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    I think he’ll be ok missing that $600k in salary since he’s made over $123M in his career. And I agree with Dondada that the “Announcement” is bush league.

  9. jgray30 - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    lmao @ “leeching for rings” in MIA. Isn’t everyone there “leeching” for rings?

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