Camby (foot) ruled out just before tipoff

Marcus Camby was ruled out of Sunday's game against the Phoenix Suns shortly before tipoff due to a sore left foot.

Camby participated in a walk-through with the Knicks on Saturday, so it is unclear when the injury flared up. Mike Woodson said 90 minutes before tipoff he expected to have all of his players except Jason Kidd (lower back spasms) available.

Camby, 38, missed the entire preseason due to a calf injury and entered the season out of game shape. The veteran big man has played in just six of the Knicks' 15 games. He has received DNP's in the past two.

Initially, Woodson said Camby needed to improve his conditioning before he got on the court. But on Saturday, Camby, who came to New York in an offseason sign-and-trade with Houston, said, "I feel I'm in great shape."

Rasheed Wallace has played ahead of Camby in the rotation and in the past two games, Woodson has gone to rookie Chris Copeland over Camby as well.

Camby was being courted heavily by the Knicks and Miami Heat in the offseason. He chose to back up Tyson Chandler on the Knicks rather than have a potential starting job with the Heat.

On Saturday, Camby did not complain about his playing time -- or lack thereof.

"Guys have been playing well and we're 11-4," he said.

When asked if he was frustrated at all with the lack of minutes, Camby said, "11-4, 11-4, 11-4."

WOODSON VISITS LARRY: Woodson and some of his staff visited with former Knicks and current SMU coach Larry Brown on Saturday when Brown brought his Mustangs to New York to play Hofstra.

Brown coached the Knicks for one tumultuous season in 2005-2006. His $50 million contract was bought out by the Knicks after he clashed with management following a 23-win season.

Woodson coached with Brown in Detroit, helping the Long Beach, N.Y., native win the NBA title with the Pistons in 2003-04

Woodson and Brown remain close. Woodson was asked before the game what he learned most from Brown.

"How to prepare for games," he said. "A lot of us coaches, we think we have all the answers but we don't ... it took me a while to figure out how to prepare."

Woodson also said that Brown is "happy" the Knicks are off to an 11-4 start.