Does Marcus Camby Regret Signing With New York Knicks

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Does Marcus Camby Regret Signing With New York Knicks?

Looking back at the offseason, Marcus Camby had a choice to make between signing with the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat.

With the Heat, Camby was looking at a potential starting job as their center.

With the Knicks, Camby knew he wasn’t going to be a starter because they already had Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler at power forward and center, respectively.

Before Camby could sign a contract with the Heat, Mike Woodson, Glen Grunwald and Allan Houston made the trip to visit him at his home. They persuaded him to sign a three-year deal to become Chandler’s backup.

“To be honest, I always prided myself on being a Knick,” Camby said.

“I remember all of those rivalries and heated skirmishes (with the Heat) we had back in the day, so I couldn’t see myself being a part of that team.”

The Knicks had good intentions at the time, but a calf injury to Camby during preseason forced the Knicks to find another big to be the first to come off of the bench.

When the Knicks decided to complete a sign-and-trade with the Houston Rockets, they hadn’t yet convinced Rasheed Wallace to sign with the team, but once they did, everything changed for Camby.

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by A.J. Speier

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