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Blazers' Camby out 3 weeks after knee surgery

Posted on: January 20, 2011 2:18 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2011 2:22 pm
Portland Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby is expected to miss "approximately three weeks" after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. Posted bymarcus-cambyBen Golliver.

The Portland Trail Blazers announced that center Marcus Camby, who suffered a knee injury on Monday during a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery on Thursday. Camby is expected to miss "approximately three weeks."
Portland Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair a partial medial meniscus tear in his left knee this morning, it was announced by General Manager Rich Cho.
Dr. Don Roberts performed the surgery in Vancouver, Wash., and Camby is expected to miss approximately three weeks.
"We're pleased with the outcome of today's surgery, and look forward to seeing Marcus back on the court soon," said Cho. "In the meantime, we have confidence in our frontcourt players to step into the void left by Marcus and help us continue to win games."
As far as injury news goes for the Blazers, this is about as good as it gets. Already this season, guard Elliot Williams, forward Jeff Pendergraph and center Greg Oden have been lost to season-ending knee injuries, and guard Brandon Roy is also out "indefinitely" after undergoing dual knee surgeries earlier this week.

In Camby's absence, the Blazers will use centers Joel Przybilla and Sean Marks, and will also play some small ball with power forward Dante Cunningham. Cunningham got the start for Portland last night against the Sacramento Kings, but Przybilla played a season-high 29 minutes and grabbed 11 boards. It's unclear whether Przybilla can sustain that type of playing time, though, as he is still working his way back to 100% after dual knee surgeries last year.

Without Camby, the team's leading veteran voice, emotional leader and key defensive centerpiece, the Blazers will simply look to tread water and keep their heads afloat. The team plays just nine games over the three weeks, so the hit could have been a lot worse.

Some more good news: Camby's return is expected to come before both the All-Star break and the trade deadline. While his name has come up in scattered rumors, it's unlikely that Portland moves him this season, as they need his production if they hope to make a playoff push. However, Camby's presence on the court might make it easier for Portland GM Rich Cho to part with other trade pieces -- perhaps including Przybilla's expiring contract -- prior to the deadline.

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2011 8:05 pm

Blazers' Camby out 3 weeks after knee surgery

THe sooner the Blazers get Marcus back, the better. He's a great fit for this team, and has made a huge impact on the way they play. I wouldn't trade him, and I certainly wouldn't trade Joel Przybilla- expiring contract or not. Like Camby, he does a lot of little things that don't show up in the box score, plays great defense, and gobbles rebounds. In addition he doesn't demand the ball, and is rarely caught in the wrong spot. He's still re-habbing, so I'd give him the time he needs to get back to form.
I wouldn't blow up the team and start rebuilding either. They're one all-star and maybe two good players away from contending. Aldridge has stepped up his game to where it needs to be. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. 
As for the quality of Rich Cho as a GM, I haven't seen him do anything really stupid yet, the behind the scenes dynamics are factors we don't know about, and maybe he's wise in letting the pot simmer before evaluating the stew.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2011 5:08 pm

Blazers' Camby out 3 weeks after knee surgery

I believe last year the Blazers set a record for player-games lost by a playoff team with over 300 games missed.  They are on pace this year to miss far more player-games than last year (347). More important is the absence of their best player, Brandon Roy. Yet they remain a dangerous team, capable of winning any game on a given night with a current record of 23-20. Camby will be back. If Roy can come back they will have gained precious experience filling in the gaps. Kudos to coach Nate McMillan and staff for having each remaining player ready to play (often out of position).

Injuries are, sadly, a part of the game. In this case they have forged a bond among team members that will serve them well in coming games. Next man up! And don't count Greg Oden or Brandon Roy lightly. I believe they will play again next year, if not this year.

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2011 4:12 pm

Blazers' Camby out 3 weeks after knee surgery

Camby already said he will retire if traded to a rebuilding team. LOL, did you do the surgery on Roy and Oden?  So you know they will never play again? Damn you are a great Dr.?  I don't think the blazers go into a full blown rebuilding scenerio, get rid of the contracts of Pryz and Miller, go from this point. Afterall they are currently a playoff team. I would rather see a playoff game involving the blazers then watching a Laker playoff game. Biggest problem is Cho, he has no ballz to make a move. I know the vulcans control the team.......

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2011 2:54 pm

Blazers' Camby out 3 weeks after knee surgery

It's good news that Camby will be back sooner than first expected. But if Camby does make a full recovery before the trade deadline I would think his best value to the team would be as trade value. The Blazers aren't going anywhere this year. Greg Oden & Brandon Roy will never play again. It's time to rebuild. Camby could be a nice trade asset. As a Blazer fan I would much rather we start the rebuilding process now rather than try to make something about of nothing and just keep getting bounced from the first round each year and missing out on the draft lottery.

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