Marcus Camby back on Christmas

Veteran New York Knicks forward Marcus Camby says he will be active for the team's Christmas Day game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Camby has missed the past 12 games due to plantar fascia in his left foot.

Following a workout on Sunday afternoon prior to tipoff against Minnesota, Camby pronounced himself healthy enough to play.

"I just have to get my number called," he said. "I'll be available Tuesday."

The Knicks will not have Amar'e Stoudemire back for Tuesday's game, coach Mike Woodson said Sunday.

Woodson and Stoudemire talked after Saturday's practice to map out a plan for his return. The forward, who hasn't played in the regular season following left knee surgery, will travel with the team during its three-game road trip from Dec. 25-28. But he is unlikely to play.

Woodson suggested that Stoudemire needs more practice time. He began practicing with the Knicks' D-League team, the Erie BayHawks, earlier this week.

But he has not practiced with the Knicks because the team hasn't held a full practice due to a condensed schedule.

"He's still going through that process of feeling good about himself when he's out there working out," Woodson said.

The Knicks' depleted front line (the team is without Stoudemire and Rasheed Wallace, who is out with a stress reaction and chronic reaction in his left foot) will get a boost from Camby.

The 38-year-old was used sparingly when healthy earlier this season because he missed the preseason with a calf injury.

He's appeared in six games, averaging 7.7 minutes per game.

"It's been frustrating. I've been a starter the majority of my career. Coming here and not really getting an opportunity because of my calf in the preseason and things of that nature," Camby said. "But at this point in my career, I'm not asking a lot of big minutes. Our depth that we have on this team enables me to do that. I'm just looking forward to this trip and the rest of the season."

The team hopes that Camby's presence can give Tyson Chandler, who's played 35 minutes per game in the Knicks' last five games, a chance to rest.

Wallace has missed the last five games with his left foot ailments.

Woodson says Wallace is day to day.

Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.