On Friday night against the Mavericks, Marcus Camby made his Knicks season debut, entering the game at the start of the second quarter.
It had been more than 10 years since Camby took the floor as a Knick -- since Feb. 1, 2002, to be exact. Reflecting on when he first checked in, he said after the game, "The crowd was great. The moment was great."
Camby only played eight minutes, but in the short time he was on the court, he said he wanted to make an impact with what he's always been known for: defense and rebounding. He finished with two points and four rebounds, and he was able to provide some solid pressure on Elton Brand and Chris Kaman.
In the locker room after the game, he applauded the team's defensive effort down the stretch, after trailing 57-55 at the half.
"We didn't have it defensively in the first half, which is to be expected having a few days off," he said. "It took us a while to get our feet up under us, and when we needed to get those stops that we needed, especially in the fourth quarter, we were able to do that."
Camby said he was most impressed that his guys showed grit when things weren't going in their favor.
"Guys were in foul trouble, we missed a lot of free throws, Steve Novak missed a lot of shots, which is uncharacteristic of him," he said, "yet we still found a way to get a win."
Camby's minutes should increase, but on Friday night, Mike Woodson went with Rasheed Wallace as the first big off the bench. He replaced Tyson Chandler in the first quarter. There was some talk before the game about which player would be the odd man out with Camby back. With him and Wallace both getting minutes, Kurt Thomas got his first DNP of the season.
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